It started at the age of 12, when I realized the significance of art,
and at that tender age painting became a vehicle for the need to create.
Surrounded by all things beautiful inside and outside of our house on a South African smallholding situated on a hill in the Skurweberg mountain area near Pretoria, it was no great surprise. My father's sculptures and the beauty of nature had made it's impression. He then sent me off to the Pro-Arte art school in Pretoria.
Ten years of formal art training followed and I ended up as a qualified graphic designer. But after listening to my true heart, I followed my greatest love, painting! My early career was filled with many murals, as well as portraits in oils. At that time I was especially drawn to the rich texture and color found in textiles, but also found myself not satisfied with only depicting the visual scene. I started delving into the rich world of the human condition, and portraying the scenes in their lives that could tell a thousand stories.
A fruitful time of painting commissions and murals in South-Africa, Dubai and USA and also Germany followed.
Forward to 2014, through 35 delightful years of painting. My own story has made a great turn, and the reason for that change has become the focus of my art. It’s a person, and His name is Jesus Christ!
Walking along with Him is a deep and unexplainable experience.
I now strive to capture the spiritual presence and reality of each setting.
The first work in this category was the Last Supper, that took almost a year to complete. This was the start of my spiritual works that spoke from the absolute spillover of my heart.
Depictions of the ocean is a natural outflow of my spiritual journey, as the water is so magnificent and ever changing, just like God. The constant ebb and flow of its mystery filled me. I daily breathed in the inspiration like the fresh ocean breezes on the stormy coastline of the Western Cape were I lived. I look at the ever changing play of light on the waves as I walk and talk to Him, and the streams of living water flows through my hands. My brush also has found its pleasure in portraying the interesting effects that light plays on this exciting ever changing giant.
Thus identity of my talent has found itself in detailed realism. The challenge that light and nature brings is the chosen anvil that I use to create every painting on.
My interest was stirred towards doing more spiritually based works and nothing moved me more then when I took the bold step to stop painting all together and laying a prayer before the Lord that if He wants me to do more spiritual work…He should be the One to show me what He wants. Two months passed and then He showed me, it was the birth of a painting called ‘The Victory’, it was a really enormous crucifixion. At the time it was not what I would have chosen, if it was left up to me, but I was obedient to His call.
What actually happened through the creation of this painting was not expected but had totally changed my and Janine’s world on all levels. The involvement of The Lord’s hand on the development of the painting from start to finish, and how He even guided us on the exhibiting, and also the selling of the work, was awesome to say the least. Let alone how many people that was moved by the experience. (more info on my website)
This clearly was the start of something new and exciting!
The intrigue with the enormity of prophecy in scripture was something that developed out of the creative journey while working on ‘The Victory’. That concept was just too big to fit into one work. Therefore I started on a solo exhibition around the image of Jesus and the old testament prophetic referrals to His coming and the fact that He is the Word. The exhibition was called “The Word became flesh”.
This exhibition was launched in September 2017. But still to me there is a feeling of continuing on the theme.. But yet our God is a mystery and so I am awaiting with great expectation to the next exhibition of works as I have no Idea what the Lord has in store.
We are currently focusing on marketing of our artwork and fine art prints both locally and internationally.
2 Corintians 2:14
But thanks be to God who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.
IF AN ARTWORK SPEAKS TO ME AND STIRS MY SOUL IT IS NORMALLY SOMETHING WITH AN ETERNAL QUALITY.
That is what I aspire to.
That is what I aspire to.
1996: Mullerie Taljaard Gallery, Johannesburg – group exhibition.
Henry Taylor Gallery (1996 – 2000)
1998: Karin de Goede Gallery, Pretoria – group exhibition.
The Palace of the Lost City, Sun City Complex (1998 – 2000)
1999: The Globe Galley, Pretoria (1999 - 2000). Sandton Gallery, Sandton (2001 – 2002)
2001: The Sandton Gallery, Sandton (2001 – 2002)
2002: The Chris Tugwell Gallery, Kosmos, Hartebeestpoort Dam (2002 – 2003)
The Voir Gallery, Pretoria.
Louise Boshoff Gallery, Hartebeestpoort Dam (2002 – 2005)
2006: Clearspace Arhitects, Brooklyn, Pretoria – group exhibition. November.
Lionel Smit gallery. 'feat' group exhibition. Pretoria.
2007: Crake gallery annual group exhibition. Johannesburg. March.
2008: Crake gallery annual group exhibition. Johannesburg. March.
I-Art Muse 08 KKNK arts festival.group exhibition. Outshoorn. March.
I-Art Muse 08 Cape Town. group exhibition. April.
Group exhibition. "Refeul and Reflect" exhibition at the Pretoria Art Association, in celebration of their 60th
2009: Profile on Brindleys artwork on magazine program 'Pasella" on South African television. February.
AVA (association of visual arts ) Cape Town Group exhibition. August.
Group exhibition ' if I was a girl" Magpie Gallery Irene. Pretoria. Celebrating woman's day. August.
2010: IS Art at le quartier francais: Group exhibition of South African artists. July.
2011: Participated in the BP Portrait Awards in London.
Camden Art Gallery in London. Group Exhibition. June.
Galerie 64 in France. Group exhibition. July - September.
Oude Libertas Art Gallery. Stellenbosch. Group exhibition. September and also in November.
2012: Artic Blue Gallery. Ibiza, Spain. Group exhibition. March.
Aardklop festival. Potchestroom. October.
2013: Hangklip art week. Group Exhibition. March.
2014: Hermanus Fynarts festival. Mission house gallery, Onrus. June. Group Exhibition.
Hermanus Kalfie festival. Mission house gallery, Onrus. August. Group Exhibition.
Museum of Biblical arts, Dallas, Texas accepted " The last Supper" into their collection. August.
Gallery 91. Somerset West. Group exhibition with his own students, September.
2015: January, from the 21st : Oude Libertas art gallery, Stellenbosch. " Celebrate 2015" . Group exhibition.
Rust en Vrede group exhibition. "Painting a song", March.
Daniel Kok Gallery, Hermanus.
2016: Boomhuis art gallery, Woodmill centre, Stellenbosch. Passover exhibition, May.
Mission house gallery, Onrus.
Oude Libertas final group exhibition, Stellenbosch.
2017: 1 September, Solo Exhibition "THE WORD BECAME FLESH "at the Boomhuis gallery in Stellenbosch.
The Victory painting on permanent display at In Harmonie retreat center, La Motte wine estate,
Franshoek, Western Cape.
2018: Life Church, Somerset West, Western Cape.
Kanonkop Wine Estate, R44, Stellenbosch, Western Cape.