With a love for our continent’s people and landscapes, three artists create work that reflects the diversity of our environment. Each with a distinct style, Alex Marmarellis, Lesley Charnock, and Grace Kotze, all produce pieces that are inspired by everyday South African scenes.
Deeply inspired by Africa’s diversity and natural beauty, Lesley Charnock creates oil and acrylic paintings that feature distinctly local scenes and landscapes. Her work is characterised by its energy, strong tones, vibrant colours, and deep shadows.
Lesley draws much of her inspiration from scenes from her travels through Africa — city streets, people at work in small towns, and dusty rural roads. Most of her work features a figure, and it is, in fact, her portraits that really reflect her ability to bring oils to life.
Lesley studied Fine Art at the Cape Technikon, and oil painting at the Green Point Art Centre in Cape Town, as well as life drawing and oil painting at the Ruth Prowse School of Art. Her paintings can be found in several galleries in and around Cape Town, and when she is not creating her own work, Lesley runs workshops where she teaches sketching and painting of portraits, landscapes and still life.
Lesley’s work can be found at the 5 on Hudson gallery in De Waterkant, Cape Town www.no5onhudson.com