The Karoo Art Hotel is both exhibition space and showcase for the artists of the Karoo and beyond. It is a welcoming home for creative artists in cuisine, wine and music, but also for sculptors, writers, designers, painters. For some, the hotel is literally their canvas!
Guests are welcome to wander through the hotel to examine the owner’s permanent collection, discover the thought-provoking and playful work of graffiti artists, or browse and select an artwork souvenir from the walls or grounds of the hotel. Exhibitions are regularly updated, and the aim is to delight and challenge in equal measure. The work is curated, but we are always looking for new talent. We urge artists and dealers looking for a funky interactive exhibition space to apply by sending their portfolios to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Born in Johannesburg, Andrew has lived and exhibited work in Taiwan, the UK and South Africa. He takes inspiration from the everyday environment and reads society from the outside looking down and in, buildings, windows, walls and roads. These elements are all intrinsic to the way we interact with the world around us and are central to how we live. Andrew creates narrative fiction through the fantastical reconstruction of these urban environments. The magical-real elements play out against a 2D backdrop of streets and houses, the familiar sense of home becoming a playground for giant foxes, while animals, from cats to seagulls and fish, fill in the nooks and crannies. The effect is an urban landscape both recognisable and unreal, infused with a sense of playful whimsy and imaginative possibilities.
Cherie Roe Dirksen
Cherie is a self-empowerment author/columnist as well as a multi-media artist (which includes being a painter, musician and designer). She originally comes from Cape Town but is now a resident of Barrydale. “My art is a mirror of my lust for vivid and vibrant colour, beautiful things, my fascination with symbology and a deep-rooted passion for spirituality and the meaning of it all — basically, whatever stimulates me to unpack a vision onto canvas with whatever medium feels right (which is why I continuously experiment with mixed media). My drive is to bring something fresh, spirited, emotive and unique into the world.”
Her work reveals part Abstract Expressionist, using distinctive Karoo landscape colours of SA, with strong contrasts [0x1] light & shade creates distance, space & movement.
Steven Ryalls is a painter and a sculptor. His latest collection of oil on canvas is an exploration of the stillness we find within, and the sheer beauty of its simplicity. The mesmerising underwater worlds of fish and the irrepressible allure of flowers are the central stories in this collection. ‘Reflections’ is about life up close, and Ryalls’ own personal journey to grow as a painter in the dreamy playfulness of light, liquid movement, and those moments that hold us in the present. In a move away from the strong lines, graphic styles, and social commentary of his previous work, Ryalls has grown roots and found solace in the natural world. “That’s what I want to share now,” he says. “I want to create art that takes you to a quiet place.” Ryalls graduated from the National School of Arts in the mid-80s, and has studied under some of the most celebrated names in South African art. He was just 24 when his work was first exhibited at the Trent Reed Gallery of Contemporary Art in Johannesburg, and has sold his bronze sculptures and paintings to both local and international buyers.
Terrence Krüger is a self-guided, Namibian born artist who works in oils on blocked canvass. He has been part of many group exhibitions and had his first solo in August 2006 at the National Art Gallery of Namibia. One of his works there immediately became part of the public collection of the South African High commission. Terrence travels and lives the subject of his work before putting it down on canvass, believing the journey is just as important as the final product. At present, he resides in Cape Agulhas the southernmost tip of Africa.
I have been in the creative business for a very long time. My love for colour and design inspired me to give stimulating creative classes to preschool children. I also made Jewellery and for many years had my own Guest House in JHB. Moving from JHB to the Western Cape allowed me to be a fulltime Artist. I have been privileged to attend classes by Wendy Martell, Dale Eliot and Marnitz Steyn. My love for Photography and Travel allows me to paint from my photos and personal experience. My first love is Oil, although I also love painting in Watercolour and Oil Pastels. My techniques include Impasto, Abstract, Impressionism and Palette Knife. I paint mostly Landscapes, Seascapes and Still Life.
I have always been to drawn to the technique of mosaic. Without having the skill to do ” the real thing” I have developed a painting style that comes close to the mosaic effect. More recently I begin to feel that this could progress into a more contemporary look by imitating the block like pixels of a stuck dvd.
Tess Du Toit
“A rich tapestry of diversity” is what best describes the art of Tessa du Toit. Her art encourages positive thought; surrounding souls with beauty, love & joy is her gift of gratitude for Life. Tessa has over 20 works of art for sale to date, ranging from R100 – R10 000, depending on size & time spent on the painting. A new resident of Barrydale, her most recent work is inspired by the majestic Tradouw pass, a detailed Tryptec in mixed media measuring 1m x 1m. A unique collection called “Liquid glass Flowers of the World” is underway, 3 have been completed & 2 more are “a twinkle in her eye” & yet to be breathed into life onto canvas…
Born and raised in the Netherlands. Presently living in Klein Karoo, South Africa. Besides painting, I also work as a yoga teacher and as a meditation teacher. Painting has always been part of my life. While growing up I would paint with my father – the beautiful things we saw like flowers. Back then, while in Europe, I worked predominantly in watercolour. Nowadays I investigate the layers of my work as an internal landscape: expression in colour and texture inspired by richness of life. Communication between the subject, the medium, the surface and myself. Over the years I have developed myself more inward and my paintings are reflections of inner processes. My work aims to express the internal landscape which is beyond language. Often this internal process is not known and the art of expressing makes it visible. For me, the resultant work is a form of communicating my own unique way of expression. The process takes place while using and exploring fullness and intensity of colour of paint as well as investigating texture using brush, painters knife and any other tool I can lay my hands on – painting, scratching, dripping, wiping, reapplying.
Hugo de Villiers
As a student in the late 1980’s I already had the notion of painting wet, dark city scenes. The problem was however that my non-waterproof 35mm Pentax camera from those days could not create the images of inspiration I required. Only recently did technology arrive allowing me to capture thousands of photographs digitally, mostly through the car’s windscreen. I am NOT a painter of street scenes nor of city-scapes. My aim is to capture the fleeting atmosphere of energy and movement. Tones, hues and the marks are more important than the representation of recognizable objects. The compositions are balanced and formalist in approach, yet it should reflect a spontaneous energy in search of the delicate balance between naturalism and abstraction. Painting expressively or loosely is tricky since an “over-painted” work makes its appearance without apparent warning and will very easily result in a sterile product. I regard my biggest challenge in painting to be deciding when to stop!
I am a photographer, based in Montagu, South Africa. It all started when I was 9 years old and my dad gave me a yellow Minolta underwater camera. I was fascinated by the ability to capture a moment in time and be able to keep it forever. I was captivated by this magical piece of equipment. From that day, I fell in love with the ability to capture life’s memories. I bought my first Nikon SLR when I was 16, and life started revolving around the beauty I could capture with my camera.
Steven Raphaely was born in JHB in 1943. He went to school at King Edwards 7th School where he had a very satisfying and interesting education. One of his subjects was ‘art’. At the same time, at the age of 12 he showed a keen interest in art. He had private tutelage under the supervision of ‘Cecil Skotnes’! Cecil recognised his talent and advised him to become an art teacher and pursue a career in the art world. So after school he studied ‘industrial design’ at the JHB School of Art under Philip Botha and George Boys. Two years into the course Steven was offered a position in the diamond industry which was too good to refuse! Art was put on the back burner but not forgotten. He pursued more supervision under Lionel Abrams, who made a big impact on him and his art. Before Steven was 30 he had had 2 one man exhibitions which were taken very seriously. At that point his father passed away and he chose to take over a farm belonging to his father. So with a full time job and a side-line of a farm there was no time to pursue ‘art’ any more. 40 years later Steven moved to Cape Town, his wife passed away, and he then met a very charming young lady with whom he set up a very serious relationship! This lady realised his talent and she converted a room in her home for Steven to start ‘working at his art’! Two years later and about 15 paintings completed Steven decided it was time to expose his work to the world. By a stroke of fate he spent a weekend in Barrydale at the Karoo art Hotel! One thing followed another and once again there was interest in his work! Right now Steven spends his time between being a ‘tour guide’ painting in his studio and enjoying the exciting time with his lovely lady….
“As far back as I can remember I always loved drawing, mostly with a pen on any piece of paper available. My mom always tells the story of how I would draw inside her Bible and hymnals during church services. I used to think up stories which I would draw or act out with my toy dolls, the heads of which I would switch around to create my own weird and wonderful people/characters. Imagine a Barbie doll with a way bigger head and funky hair… I knew from very early one that I was a creator of art, in various forms, and could not be happy unless that’s what I did”. Says Alida
My mom ANNETTE NOLTE is an artist, so I have been “making” art for as long as I can remember. I matriculated at the ART, BALLET & MUSIC school in Pretoria in 1984, having had ART as a mayor. My art subjects included history of art, sculpting, graphic art and design which I passed cum laude. I attended the UP and UNISA without completing my BA in Psychology (between 1985 and 1990). During the 80’s and 90’s my mother and I had a antique and art shop in Pretoria called “ANNECIA D’arte”, during this time I also started my career in the film industry. In 1996 my partner LINDA GUMEDE and I started Gumba-Guumba Films. I designed program ideas, content, sets, props, wrote scripts and voice-overs, directed, produced, off & online editing of programmes, created sound effects.