Impressions of the Cape

2010-06-15 00:00

FINDING inspiration for his impressionist paintings is something 24-year-old Jacques du Plessis finds very easy — he simply opens the curtains and takes in the views around his home in Hermanus.

“Living in the Cape is very inspiring … the scenery and the mountains are quite breathtaking. Every morning when I wake up I have this wonderfully inspirational view,” he says.

Du Plessis is currently showing his work at the Crouse Art Gallery in Durban. “It’s my first solo exhibition, but I’m hoping that I will have a lot more in the coming years,” he says, adding that he has found the interest in his work both unexpected and flattering.

Interested in art since he was very young, Du Plessis is largely self-taught. “[But] I also got a lot of hints and tips from Christiaan Nice and some inspiration from him,” he adds. Using a traditional approach, he paints in an impressionistic style, ­favouring the use of oil paints.

His subjects include mostly seascapes, landscapes and village scenes, but he recently began experimenting with figurework, finding the images of fishermen in the local ­harbour a source of inspiration.

Sharing the gallery space at 254 ­Lillian Ngoyi (Windermere) Road, Morningside, are bronzes created by midlands artist Llewellyn Davies. Known for capturing magical moments of motion, his work includes representations of children at play, a dog in mid-leap, and many depictions of ­animals.

Asked what it was like to be sharing a gallery with Davies, Du Plessis said: “It’s wonderful. He’s given me some good advice. He told me never to waste my talent and to never give up.”


• The Crouse Gallery is open from 9 am to 4 pm weekdays and 9 am to noon on Saturdays. Inquiries: 031 312 2315.

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