Delving into green earth
The series of artworks explore aspects of nature and the human condition
BLURRING the lines between art and fashion encapsulates the latest exhibition of artwork by Louis Jansen van Vuuren as he seeks to apply his unique style to the most ambitious project of his career.
The terre verte (Green Earth) exhibition will open at the Baxter Theatre this week with Jansen van Vuuren describing the art style as “magical realism”.
He explains this as a theme that pursues fables and myths when producing the artworks.
“The principal gist of the terre verte series of artworks explores aspects of nature and the human condition. There are seven explorative works on paper and five mixed-medium works on canvas,” he said.
The artwork spans multiple media with Jansen van Vuuren highly conscious of the need for sustainable, high-quality organic materials. “When selecting materials, quality is the prime concern and that the materials are certified as organic and ethical. Fabric is hand-spun and handwoven and printing and staining will be environmentally friendly and UV-based.
“From traditional works of art, to creating wearable and edible art, a silk tapestry to a decorated takkie made of recycled tyres,” he said.
Jansen van Vuuren has garnered international and local recognition for his art with his recognisable oils and pastels on paper; he has also been involved in art education for many years and has seen his work displayed in more than 80 exhibitions around the world.
He has held lecturer positions at the Natal College for Advanced Technical Education, Stellenbosch University and UCT where he lectured until 1999.
In 2000 he moved to France where he has been living and working since and is the residing host, along with Hardy Olivier, at the Château de la Creuzette estate, which also serves as luxury holiday destination.
As part of the 40th anniversary, the Baxter Theatre will run a competition where the public will be able to donate R100 and stand a chance of winning a week-long trip to Château de la Creuzette. The funds raised will be used for the Baxter’s production fund.
“We are really excited about collaborating with the Baxter Theatre. Furthermore, in a small way, to be able to contribute to a campaign that will go towards assisting young artists and theatremakers to express themselves is important to me,” said Jansen van Vuuren.
The terre verte exhibition can be seen daily in the Baxter’s main foyer from February 15 to 20.
Louis Jansen van Vuuren’s latest art series at the Baxter Theatre. He describes his work as ‘magical realism’.