ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Fanie De Klerk Biography
Fanie is what he is. An artist whose talent can no longer be questioned as it has been established authoritatively by connoisseurs.
Some time ago the SABC commissioned him to participate in some of their projects and to paint some landscapes which grace their studios. During 2001 he was commissioned to paint a portrait of Lennox Lewis, who delighted by it, took it back home. At an auction, held at a recent re-union of the 1995 Springbok Rugby World Champions, a number of his portraits, depicting the heroes and their action on that historic occasion, for which Fanie had been commissioned, were sold with great acclaim. At the SCI Convention held in Lad Vegas during 2002, six of his paintings of wild life, which had been exhibited there, fetched fitting prices. Quite a number of his paintings can also be found in private collections in Europe.
Being raised in the Kalahari infused a love for nature and all its creatures in Fanie. No detail is ever omitted or too miniscule to be overlooked. His wildlife paintings, with eyes inspiring fear or empathy, truly comes to life by a few strokes of the brush in the hand of this outstanding artist.
After matriculating at Olifantshoek in the Kalahari, he received private painting lessons in Kimberley. After completing conscription he led the life of an artist, firstly living on a yacht on the Cape waters; thereafter traveling the country to see its beauty and splendour, spending a few years in the Namib Desert.
Fanie grew up in an atmosphere conducive to encourage the development of his art, as his father had also been an ardent amateur painter. His older brother also displayed a keen interest in and talent for painting.
Modesty deprived the world of art of the prominence Fanie should have enjoyed. However, this is due to change as work from this artist is more sought after due to recent exposure. His murals are already becoming a common sight in houses and other establishments.
Art will inevitably reveal its creator. No artist can express more than what he is and what his talent will allow him. Look at a painting and you will see the painter whose hand composed it stroke by stroke. Is he genuinely in love with his subject? So much so that he does not miss the slightest detail; or that it conjures up visions which will transport the beholder into another realm?
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