Watercolours illustrate story

2015-10-20 06:00
Matthew Hindley’s watercolour The last magic pebble will be one of the pieces on display at his exhibition in Newlands from Saturday. 

David Krut Projects

Matthew Hindley’s watercolour The last magic pebble will be one of the pieces on display at his exhibition in Newlands from Saturday. PHOTO: David Krut Projects

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The Five Magic Pebbles, a series of watercolour paintings by Matthew Hindley, will be on display at the Montebello design centre in Newlands until Saturday 28 November.

Hindley’s paintings were produced to illustrate the title story in the republication of Don Mattera’s The Five Magic Pebbles andamp; other stories.

Widely regarded for painting with oil on canvas, this series of watercolour paintings is an intriguing display of a lesser seen technique by Hindley, one that differs aesthetically, but remains rooted in his preoccupation with interweaving myth, metaphor and reality.

In The Five Magic Pebbles, Mattera tells the story of an ancient African village called Kambira, where people live in fear of “the evil one”, an ugly and powerful creature that curses the village, killing its people and decimating its crops.

Tarruwah, “the chosen one”, embarks on a courageous but extremely treacherous journey deep into the forest, where she must fight off evil and lead her village to freedom.

Hindley’s artistic approach is well suited as a visualisation of Mattera’s mythical African tales. For Hindley, the function of painting is working with mythologies.

The tales told by Mattera in The Five Magic Pebbles and other stories reflect the imagination that is deeply embedded within the oral histories that have passed through generations of African families, providing rich allegorical histories of the continent.

The exhibition runs until Saturday 28 November. 

The gallery is open Tuesdays to Fridays from 10:00 to 17:00 and Saturdays until 14:00. Follow @davidkrutprojects and @matthew_hindley on Instagram for exclusive insights into the installation, works and process leading up to the opening of the exhibition.

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