Horses and dancers for your delight

2010-05-04 00:00

WHEN Martin Vaccarezza decided to bring a painting by his father, ­renowned Argentinian artist Barto­lome Vaccarezza, to Louise van Niekerk at Aladdin’s-de-Light Restaurant, Studio and Gallery in ­Nottingham Road, I doubt very much he expected it to lead to the staging of an exhibition at the venue.

But that’s exactly what happened. Van Niekerk was so taken with the picture that she was determined to show Bartolome’s work.

So, for the past month, while visiting Martin who works as a polo trainer and lives in the midlands with his wife ­Chantel and their two children – Micaela and Enzo – Bartolome has been creating new works for the ­exhibition.

Around 80% of the paintings and drawings, which focus on equine scenes and dancing couples, were done in South Africa.

Viewing them at the launch last Thursday, I was struck by the way Bartolome is able to capture movement, whether its in a running horse or a couple doing a sexy tango. I ­discovered later that to create this illusion of movement on canvas, he simply uses short brushstrokes.

The paintings and drawings are made using acrylics, watercolours, oils, pastels and charcoal — but ­Bartolome isn’t afraid to mix things up and some of the pictures on show boast a combination of media, for example acrylic and charcoal. He ­also does sculpting, casting his works in metal from a wax mould, although, sadly, none of these works were on show.

Bartolome, who began experimenting with oil paints at the age of eight, was encouraged by the ­famous painter, Quinquella Martin, to pursue painting — and at the age of 23 he exhibited his art alongside that of his mentor.

He has since staged around 150 exhibitions in his native Argentina, and has featured in exhibitions in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Uruguay, Japan, Taiwan, Spain, France, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

The midlands exhibition is his first in South Africa. Asked why he had agreed to take part in it, he said: “To see if people like it … and to expose people to different kinds of art.”

 

• Bartolome Vaccarezza’s exhibition is at Aladdin’s-de-Light Restaurant, Studio and Gallery, 2 Robin Road, Nottingham Road from 10 am to 4 pm daily until May 10. Inquiries: 033 266 6460.

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