Make it a double artwork

2017-05-02 06:00
A bar hand in the Union Bar, Bombetu Dyantyi’s artwork can be seen in the Table Bay Hotel.

A bar hand in the Union Bar, Bombetu Dyantyi’s artwork can be seen in the Table Bay Hotel.

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Next time you order a drink at the Table Bay Hotel’s Union Bar, you might be served by one of the artists on display in the hotel.

A bar hand in the Union Bar, Bombetu Dyantyi (32), says he spends much of his spare time sketching and painting.

Dyantyi’s art has been much admired by the hotel’s guests. Of particular interest is his depiction of rhinos.

Dyantyi began to draw when he was just a schoolboy in Lady Frere, a small town close to Queenstown in the Eastern Cape.

“When I was little, there were often class competitions to see which of us could sketch or draw the most accurate likeness of whatever subject the teacher gave us that day,” Dyantyi says.

“It instilled in me a deep love of art, something that has remained with me all my life.”

Before joining the hotel, Dyantyi studied graphic design, photography, drawing and printmaking. He says it helped him improve his understanding of perspective, composition, and the use of colour.

“If I had to choose a favourite artist, and that is difficult because I love the work of a host of artists from various styles and genres, it would have to be Pablo Picasso. His work is unparalleled,” he says.

Like his muse Picasso, Dyantyi uses a host of different mediums, including charcoal, pencil, fineliner, ink, gouache and water colours, on cartridge and Ashrad paper.

Dyantyi says he has no specific style, and produces still lives as easily as he does landscapes, portraits or works with wildlife.

“I’ve never seen animals in the wild or in a zoo. But I have studied them on visual media to see the way they move and their ­proportion.”

Dyantyi says he draws out of passion and love and has not yet sold his art.

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