My work is usually inspired by our urban environments. I like to think of it as reimagining the ordinary; shedding new light on those landmarks that we pass daily but seldom stop to consider. The shop on the corner, the abandoned building, that church, alley and so on. The Making Waves Series took a slightly different turn.
Cape Town, I think we can all agree, is an exceptionally beautiful city. No matter where you are, a glance to the left or right will put you in view of Table Mountain and in this respect, the city scape is dominated by this landmark. Every year over a million tourists make their way to the summit to enjoy the views and to get those postcard-perfect shots of the mother city.
When I lived in Cape Town much of my time was measured out on the roads, the arteries and railway lines that connect the destinations. Kalk Bay, Muizenberg of the False Bay side to the middle grounds of Plumstead, Woodstock and Obs and Onward to the City Bowl, Sea Point and Table Bay beyond. Always travelling in cars, taxis and trains, it’s easy to forget that Cape Town is surrounded by an ocean teeming with life.
For the Making Waves series of paintings, I turned my gaze away from the city streets and onto the open water.
Inspired by the Great Wave of Kanagawa by the Japanese Master printer Hokusai, the subject matter is the view from the shore. I looked at the distinctive landmarks of Hout Bay, Kalk Bay, the Sea Point Promenade and False Bay and discovered ways to depict these well-known destinations through a view of the sea.
They are created with a sense of nostalgia for those summer days and memories of Cape Town’s chilly waters. As well as the usual suspects, the penguins, seals and whales there are paper boats ferrying the Big Five, kayakers, surfers and kite boarders… the ocean teems with all-sorts of animal activity.
Making Waves Cape Town is designed to be a delight and a visual playground.
The prints are available in two sizes the small A4 and a large 44cm x 44cm. You can order prints now from my online shop (FREE shipping worldwide) or if you happen to be in the Mother City you can visit Artvark in Kalk Bay or QuirkyMe in the Watershed at the V&A Waterfront, Constantia Mall or The Biscuit Mill.