9-year-old masters shaven Van Gogh

Nine-year-old Eli Williams is causing a stir in Cape Town art circles.

His exceptional oil-on-canvas painting of Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh is on display at the current In with the New exhibition at the Gallery in Rie­beek-Kasteel.

The exhibition puts a contemporary spin on classic artworks found in museums and collections around the world.

With his love for Van Gogh, Eli decided to recreate one of Van Gogh’s self-portraits without painting in the artist’s beard.

“I like the way Van Gogh paints. You don’t blend in each brush stroke. He’s just free in the way he paints and I love that,” Eli says.

The Grade 3 learner of Sweet Valley Primary School in Bergvliet aspires to become a professional artist and robotics engineer when he grows up.

He has been drawing and painting since the age of three.

Eli’s talent seems to be a family trait as his grandmother is Therese Mullins, a renowned Cape Town-based artist who has been a top achiever in the Sanlam Portrait Awards. She was most recently a finalist in this year’s Living Portrait Master Competition.

Astrid McLeod, owner and curator of the Gallery, says she’s very pleased to have Eli’s work as part of the exhibition.

“Eli’s grandfather, Allan Mullins, has been a friend of mine since childhood and it is wonderful to watch such talent developing in Eli – I suspect he will go far and hope that the Gallery can form part of his springboard,” she says.

The exhibition runs until the end of ­September.

For more information visit www.­galleryriebeek.co.za.

Nine-year-old Eli Williams is causing a stir in Cape Town art circles.

His exceptional oil-on-canvas painting of Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh is on display at the current In with the New exhibition at the Gallery in Rie­beek-Kasteel.

The exhibition puts a contemporary spin on classic artworks found in museums and collections around the world.

With his love for Van Gogh, Eli decided to recreate one of Van Gogh’s self-portraits without painting in the artist’s beard.

“I like the way Van Gogh paints. You don’t blend in each brush stroke. He’s just free in the way he paints and I love that,” Eli says.

The Grade 3 learner of Sweet Valley Primary School in Bergvliet aspires to become a professional artist and robotics engineer when he grows up.

He has been drawing and painting since the age of three.

Eli’s talent seems to be a family trait as his grandmother is Therese Mullins, a renowned Cape Town-based artist who has been a top achiever in the Sanlam Portrait Awards. She was most recently a finalist in this year’s Living Portrait Master ­Competition.

Astrid McLeod, owner and curator of the Gallery, says she’s very pleased to have Eli’s work as part of the exhibition.

“Eli’s grandfather, Allan Mullins, has been a friend of mine since childhood and it is wonderful to watch such talent developing in Eli – I suspect he will go far and hope that the Gallery can form part of his springboard,” she says.

The exhibition runs until the end of ­September.

For more information visit www.­galleryriebeek.co.za.

Nine-year-old Eli Williams is causing a stir in Cape Town art circles.

His exceptional oil-on-canvas painting of Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh is on display at the current In with the New exhibition at the Gallery in Rie­beek-Kasteel. The exhibition puts a contemporary spin on classic artworks found around the world.

With his love for Van Gogh, Eli decided to recreate one of Van Gogh’s self-portraits without painting in the artist’s beard.

“I like the way Van Gogh paints. You don’t blend in each brush stroke. He’s just free in the way he paints and I love that,” Eli says.

The Grade 3 learner of Sweet Valley Primary School in Bergvliet aspires to become a professional artist and robotics engineer when he grows up.

He has been drawing and painting since the age of three.

Eli’s talent seems to be a family trait as his grandmother is Therese Mullins, a renowned Cape Town-based artist who has been a top achiever in the Sanlam Portrait Awards. She was most recently a finalist in this year’s Living Portrait Master Competition.

Astrid McLeod, owner and curator of the Gallery, says she’s very pleased to have Eli’s work as part of the exhibition. “Eli’s grandfather, Allan Mullins, has been a friend of mine since childhood and it is wonderful to watch such talent developing in Eli – I suspect he will go far and hope that the Gallery can form part of his springboard.”.

The exhibition runs until the end of ­September. For more information, visit www.­galleryriebeek.co.za.

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