Drummond artist’s passion

2016-09-13 06:00
 Photo: supplied Tony de Freitas.

Photo: supplied Tony de Freitas.

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TONY de Freitas’s love for painting began when he was young, however, he decided to do it full-time 17 years ago.
“I’ve been painting since I was a child and professionally full time since 1999.
“I ran art workshops in Hermanus and recently in KwaZulu-Natal. I work from my home studio in Drummond.
“My works are currently exhibited at galleries in the Cape, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Clarens and Durban. Many of my works are bought for export.”

He said art and music are his passions and he chose to invest in both.
He explains that music satisfies him emotionally, while art is on the intellectual and creative level.

“My approach to painting is much like a jazz musician towards his music. I enjoy pulling together a plethora of apparently random strokes, but they all contribute to what I see as the final picture.
“I work rapidly painting the initial sketch on the canvas with a paintbrush, much like a water colourist. Then I use a palette knife to apply thick textured paint. As I apply layer upon layer much like in jazz music, I improvise and modify freely. The process is impromptu and I add-lib in an impressionistic manner. As the painting evolves, the end result is never predictable.

“Using a palette knife forces me to be bold and decisive and prevents me from being overly precise - rather than a photographic style. I like to let the eye finish the picture. A painting should be like a conversation, the artist shouldn’t do all the talking. Adding too much precise detail results in the artist boringly dominating the conversation.”

His subjects vary from landscape to seascape and portraiture.
“The common factor is my interest in the play of light on subjects. I recently held an oil painting demonstration at Danville High School. The day was filled with fun and portraits by famous Dutch painter, Rembrandt van Rijn.”

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