With their distinct use of pattern, light and shape, the local artists featured in our Winter 2019 issue create work that asks us to pause and really take in what they have to say. Drawing inspiration from elements like South Africa’s diverse cultural influences, its natural beauty and striking landscapes, each of these three artists tell a story in their own inimitable style.
Laurel Holmes studied Textile Design and Fine Art, after which she developed a keen interest in oil painting. After working in the corporate world for some time, Laurel began painting full-time in 2012. She has since exhibited her work at galleries around the country, including spaces in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Nelspruit and Pretoria.
Laurel’s work expresses a love of natural spaces, as well as South Africa’s natural flora and landscapes. She has a particular fascination with indigenous trees and the ways in which nature creates its own patterns. Her pieces reveal moments of shadow and transient light and the way that these elements can change a landscape. Her paintings are an emotional response to the landscapes she observes, and her work seeks to cause the viewer to stop and breath for a moment, and to find a sense of restoration in silence.
Laurel’s work can be found at StateoftheART Gallery in Buitenkant Street, Cape Town. Visit www.stateoftheart-gallery.com for more information.