Local artist showcases in Plett
Martin de Kock is hosting his solo art exhibition in Plettenberg Bay this week.
The show opened on Tuesday, July 11 and will continue until Saturday, July 15 at Milkwood Framing and Gallery, Florina Place, Main Street.
De Kock was born in 1967 in South Africa and mostly grew up in Pretoria. His father Johnny is also an artist, and it influenced him to create art, not only by genetics. Holidaying in Plettenberg Bay for years was a highlight, every time. A dream came true when he was able to move there permanently, five years ago.
De Kock studied graphic art and also does paint techniques and decorative painting on furniture.
He was involved in various solo and group exhibitions in South Africa and France over the years, including the Association of Arts in Pretoria (four times). He was a finalist in the Sasol New Signature Art competition in 2009. His works have been sold in galleries throughout South Africa and the world.
He says he is influenced greatly by Picasso and impressionism.
De Kock used to be right-handed, but after a brain operation to correct an aneurysm 21 years ago (resulting in a stroke at 26 years of age), he now paints with his left hand. It was his passion for art that willed him to walk, talk and especially paint again.
Locally, De Kock has had the support of the kind business people of Plett and Knysna. His art has been displayed in galleries, interior shops and restaurants in both towns.
He had a few group and solo exhibitions during the past years until his latest exhibition at Milkwood Framing and Gallery. He works with oil on canvas and paper, functional pottery plates and sculpture.
Also join him at the Plett Arts Festival open night on Thursday, July 13 from 17:00. Enjoy soup and sherry or wine.— Supplied
* Info: Martin 073-668-7836 / Adri 082-9286026.
One of Martin de Kock’s artworks that will be on view during his solo exhibition.