Bryne to take his art to the next level

2017-03-29 06:02
Artist Bryne Newfeldt with three of his paintings.Photo: ZELDRÉ STRAUSS SWANEPOEL

Artist Bryne Newfeldt with three of his paintings.Photo: ZELDRÉ STRAUSS SWANEPOEL

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WITH swift moves of the paint brush he turns plain canvases into something which forces the untrained eye to take a closer look to see if it isn’t perhaps a photograph.

Recently retired from his full-time job, Bryne Newfeldt - an artist of over 25 years - is now taking his hobby to the next level.

The drawing bug bit Newfeldt, originally from Windvogel, at an early age when he started drawing cartoons in primary school.

“I suppose when I realised that I actually had talent was when I won a drawing competition in Standard 1 (Grade 3) at Republiek Primary. My prize was a Colgate toothbrush and a facecloth, and I was so proud,” he laughed.

In high school he decided to try something different. “I didn’t have access to acrylic paint so I used the leftover wall paint that was in my father’s garage. It was just an experiment, but to my surprise it actually worked and my paintings came out very nicely,” said Newfeldt.

He has since moved on to acrylic paint on canvas and also does pencil sketches on demand. Newfeldt’s favourite subjects are wildlife, especially eagles and lions. He does however do abstract paintings when required by a client.

His paintings have become very popular in the Bay area and he has produced portraits of many celebrities, most of whom have bought the paintings. These happy customers include the likes of former Executive Mayor Danny Jordaan -who bought a painting of himself and a scene of Bethelsdorp where he grew up-, Executive Mayor Athol Trollip, Prof Derek Swartz, former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers, cricketers Makhaya Ntini and Ashwell Prince. The EP Rugby Union, General Motors and the Algoa Bus Company have also bought several of his paintings.

“One of my highlights was to represent the Eastern Cape with other artists at the Grahamstown Arts Festival in 2006. One of my paintings from that exhibition now hangs in a government office in Bhisho,” he said proudly.

He loves painting sport stars, and supply paintings to taverns and to the All Black Rugby fan club in Uitenhage.

“Taverns are the places where people, who do not have access to sports channels at home, get together to watch the game and be merry. These are, therefore, fitting places to have sports favourites on the walls.”

Some doctors’ surgeries in the Northern suburbs also have his paintings on their walls. He points at a painting of a scene outside Dr Peter Scharneck’s surgery in Bloemendal, which depicts children from a nearby school playing on the sidewalk, a mother with a baby on her hip, a dog, and a well-known yellow minibus taxi.

“When patients sit and wait to see the doctor, they usually do not feel well. I believe that if they look at my paintings on the walls and see scenery familiar to them, it will make them feel better.”

Newfeldt also does paintings for churches, who in turn raffle out his paintings to garner some funds for the churches.

“I am ready to take my talent to the next level and focus on my art full-time. Some may say it’s a risk but I trust in the Lord 100% because he gave me this talent and I can’t go wrong with Him on my side.”

For info contact Newfeldt on 079 146 7696.

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