Creating beauty and colour with art

2015-08-18 06:00
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Gifford Duminy gets creative.

PHOTO: supplied Gifford Duminy gets creative.

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“WATER your positivity, water your creativity, water your kindness,” these are the words of 21-year-old Kloof lad Gifford Duminy, a final a BCom marketing student, but an artist at heart.

He uses his talents to beautify the walls of NPOs and NGOs in the area.

Duminy said he always enjoyed art class in school, but was never much good at it.

“I would always get the average mark and I was okay with that. I had fun and that was what mattered.

“I only became interested in art when I was about 15 - in high school. It all started when my friends and I got into the hip-hop-graffiti culture. I have never been very interested in the illegal, tagging side of graffiti. I see it as counterproductive and anger-generating - although I respect it and those who do it for many reasons. Feeling a true sense of freedom is one of those reasons.”

Duminy loves colour he said.

“I became so interested in graffiti lettering - it consumed my life for a few years.

“I am still extremely intrigued by graffiti lettering - it is pure creativity, there are no rules, no boundaries, whatever shape you want to create, it can be done without ‘looking wrong’.

“From this as a starting point of being interested in art, I wanted to see what else I could do. I started painting realistic paintings of animals mostly. From this I have developed into portraits, landscapes and abstract. I am still interested in learning more about realism painting.”

With childhood dreams of being a fireman, Duminy said as he grew up he felt close to nature and uses art to express this.

“I think there is so much inspiration to be gathered from nearly every corner of life. Nature is my biggest inspiration for my art. My friends and family are my biggest inspiration for life.”

His role models are Alan Watts, Noam Chomsky, Alan Watts, Prince Ea, Dalai Lama, Ghandi and Richard Dawkins.

One of his best rewards is being paid to do what he loves.

“I have had my work in a gallery for the first time this year - that was a cool thing. I don’t like to hype up my art. I like to let it speak for itself.

“I have a personal project going called ‘Where did the good people go’, its purpose is to add colour to and brighten up the environment of NPOs, charities and other organisations who are the good people in society - the people who make a difference to those who need it.

“I have painted a kingfisher at the SPCA and a humming bird at Embocraft Skills Training Centre in Bothas Hill. I would love to add more colour to more places like this.”

He encouraged the Upper Highway community to contact him to bring colour­ to the area.

For more information or to have him paint on a NPO wall, email giffydu

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