Art in the Park’s top-selling artists are a mother-and-son team from PMB

2010-06-10 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG artists Ingrid and Leon Fouch é we re the top sellers at this year’s Nashua Art in the Park. It’s the first time since 2002 that local artists have come out tops in the selling exhibition on the banks of the Duzi River.

The Fouchés, who live in Pelham, are a self-taught mother-and-son team who spend much of their time in the wild observing and photographing the birds and animals that they portray in their pastel-and-oil artworks.

Such is the quality of their work, that in 2006 Leon was awarded the Bird Illustrated prize for the most outstanding work on an avian theme at Britain’s largest open-selling show, the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art. The 27-year-old artist has also been invited to do a one-man show in London next year.

Asked why she thought they had come out tops, Ingrid said: “I’m not sure … we do put a lot of detail into our paintings, though.”

This year marked the eighth year that the Fouchés have exhibited at Art in the Park . “As far as I’m concerned it’s the best venue in the country,” she said.

“We’ve done a lot of exhibitions around the country and nothing can beat it for the amount of [foot] traffic, the vibe and the venue under the trees. It’s fantastic.”

The Fouchés received a R5 000 voucher from Ronel Stevens of ­Speciality Papers, which can be used to purchase art supplies from the store in Hyslop Road.

Stevens also gave a prize of R5 000 to the most ­inspiring crafter on show at the inaugural ­Witness Craft in the Park . The winner was Howick-based Sunnyboy ­Dhlomo, who runs the belt and accessories section at Groundcover in Curry’s Post. In his spare time he creates beautiful leatherwork items, including stationery holders, desk trays and baskets.

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