He’s a quick-draw on paper My art played a big role in keeping me away from the many negative elements that could have led me astray in my youth

2015-06-02 06:00
Shameeg van Schalkwyk’s journey into art is ready to develop further, if he can get some guidance from a professional artist.

GARY van dyk

Shameeg van Schalkwyk’s journey into art is ready to develop further, if he can get some guidance from a professional artist. PHOTO: GARY van dyk

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Shameeg van Schalkwyk is a young artist who wants to share the view of the world through his eyes.

The 25-year-old from Heideveld may have had no formal training but his love for art since primary school has led him to follow his dream of becoming an artist.

“I was in Grade 4 at Dagbreek Primary when I first fell in love with drawing,” he says.

“At first it was just my love for cars that I wanted to share with the world and it has evolved from there. There was no training available at our school so it was all about finding my feet on my own, looking at other work and teaching myself, but I always wanted to grow.”

That love for art kept on growing throughout his high school years. It was only after leaving school that a stint at an art supply shop gave him some more insight into his passion.

“This was another experience for me because I got the chance to learn about more materials to work with, I spoke to artists and discovered so many new techniques that I could apply in my own work,” he says.

“This experience really motivated me, but it is still a journey that I feel needs more growth with some help in formal training and a bit of guidance.”

While Shameeg feels he needs to develop more there are people in his neighbourhood who want his work in their homes.

“So far it’s just by word of mouth that I get commissions,” he laughs. “People will come up to me and give me an idea of what they want. Sometimes it’s a portrait with a difference, their cars (I still love them) and even landscapes, but my problem is that I really don’t know their worth but I am working on that side of things.”

Recently Shameeg’s work got noticed on social media when some of his 3D drawings were shared.

“This is one of the forms of drawing that has interested me for some time and now I have started experimenting with it,” he says.

“People have been asking me for more of this so I want to concentrate on it for a while. The problem is sometimes that I like what I do so much that the idea of selling it eventually scares me,” he laughs.

Shameeg also wants to use his talent as a means of empowering youth to get away from the many negative elements that surround them.

“My art played a big role in keeping me away from the many negative elements that could have led me astray in my youth. I feel that if I had the opportunity to work with youngsters I could give them that motivation to stay away from the gang activities and drug abuse and to discover what they can really be if they follow their dreams.

“This is why I want to get some professional guidance to enhance what I know and have the opportunity to share it as a teacher.”


For more information about his artwork call 062 243 5843

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