White River is home to some really talented, world- renowned artists and this weekend you can look forward to the “Three-Studio Art meander which will see works exhibited by Anton and Hanlie Bosch, Nina Bosch, Esra Bosch, René Eloff and Wendy Malan. What a combination!
Anton and Hanlie need no introduction and are pretty much Lowveld royalty! They studied fine arts at the Pretoria Technikon majoring in drawing and painting. They work from their studio, Bosch Ceramic Art Studio, on the outskirts of White River where they produce a variety of contemporary ceramics.
Anton established himself as a potter in whose work the painterly aspects plays a significant role. Some examples from the prolific collection of his current work – from porcelain vases and bowls, to wall murals and tiles, hand-built porcelain vessels and ink drawings with a strong symbolic message. His work has been exhibited extensively in South Africa and it is featured in various national and international collections.
Hanlie’s work expresses her parallel interest in the medium of both clay and painting. Apart from colourfully decorated plates and bowls, Hanlie’s ceramics comprise mostly hand-built pieces and sculptures. She is well known for her figurines of dancers and gymnasts, as well as clay heads with otherworldly expressions. We especially love her sunbirds!
Nina, daughter of Anton and Hanlie specialises in porcelain jewellery and her work has become very popular over the last few years, being sold online and in local shops like Africa Joy. Nina produces beautiful pieces from earrings, necklaces and pendants to the most delicate rings. She loves to work in blue, black, white and gold.
Esra’s work has developed over the years into a range of ceramics with a distinctive style. She produces striking individual pieces, vases, oil lamps, tiles and a substantial range of functional ware such as platters, bowls and dishes. Her ceramics are bold, contemporary and aesthetically pleasing. Her work is sought after for its excellent decorator skills, flair for colour and an impressive sense of pattern.
Rene Eloff is well known among art lovers in the Lowveld. Her studio is situated among the beautiful hills just outside White River on the Plaston Road where she and her late husband, wildlife artist Zakkie Eloff, have lived for many years. René is best known for her rich watercolours, acrylic and oil paintings.
Wendy Malan lived and worked in Sabie for many years and her paintings adorn many a Lowveld home and although she now lives in Simon’s Town she is still viewed by many as a true Lowveld artist. Wendy focuses mainly on oil painting.
Why not start at the Bosch’s studio where you can also find Nina’s jewellery and then a mere 2 km further down the road you will find René Eloff at her studio and walk up to Esra’s studio where Wendy Malan is also exhibiting her paintings.
The Three-Studio art meander is a favourite event on the Lowveld calendar, and we certainly can’t wait.