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.
View a wide selection of art from various artists. All the work from this collection is for sale.