Cape Town is one of the most diverse cities on the African continent, if not the world.
Apart from having Table Mountain, Cape Town also boasts a variety in Coastline, Culture, Food, Nightlife and Art. The South African Art galleries that fill the Cape, boasts a lot of art from local as well as international artists.
A very quaint harbour town, quite close to the Cape Town City Center, is Houtbay.
Houtbay has a huge array of attractions, one of which are the very impressive art galleries. A few spring to mind, The Osner Gallery, and the Hout Bay Gallery.
The Houtbay Gallery has been in existence since 1984, and stock a huge array of modern and contemporary art. They have a tremendous working relationship with all the artists they represent.
I am a bit biased, obviously, as they do represent my work as well, but having visited galleries al over South Africa, the UK, Europe and the US, I can easily verify that the art-experience at the Houtbay Gallery will surpass your wildest dreams.
You can have a look at their website to see the type of art they stock.
Should you wish to see more Jaques De Bruyn Artworks, you can just visit www.jaquesdebruyn.com
Acrylic on stretched 500gsm canvas
130 x 170cm
About Jaques de Bruyn
“Jaques De Bruyn (°1970, South Africa) is an artist who works in a variety of media. By representing the universal language of a ‘communal world’, his artworks references everyday objects and scenery as well as the hypothetical thought provoking world of the Inner-self.
His creations are on the one hand touchingly structured and on the other hand teasingly raw. Again and again, the artist leaves us orphaned with a mix of conflicting feelings and thoughts.
By exploring the prototype of objects within objects in a fun and colourful way, he investigates the dynamics of landscapes and objects, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what this means to us. This is also accomplished by outlining main characters in a scene.
Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.
His works never shows the complete structure. This results in the fact that the artist can easily imagine an own interpretation without being hindered by the physical reality.
By manipulating the viewer to create confusion, using visual texture and colour, he tries to increase the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality that develops through different interpretations.
His works demonstrate how life extends beyond its own subjective limits. By examining the ambiguity and origination via retakes and variations, he creates intense personal moments created by means of self-imposed rules and omissions, luring the viewer round and round in circles.
His works establish a link between the landscape or objects reality and that imagined by its conceiver. These works focus on tangible questions that define our reality. By applying abstraction, he often creates several practically identical works, upon which thoughts that have apparently just been developed are manifested: notes, colours and marks are made and then crossed out again, ‘mistakes’ are repeated.
His works doesn’t always reference realistic or identifiable form. The results are decomposed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted.”