Something Light: South African animals take time out from being wild to mess around with with colour, context and unpowered flight

2017-03-21

A few years ago I was visiting Cape Town and received the most wonderful birthday present, an original painting of Nelson Mandela, colourful, fun and unique. The master of my gift is fine artist Deziree Smith. Her work is playful but it moves andĀ  provokes. DezireeĀ  is an avid animal activist supporting organizations that seek to conserve and protect the rich wildlife heritage of South Africa.

Her current work, a whimsical collection, reflects her cause. Appealing and tugging at our hearts with amusing paintings of wild animals perfectly comfortable in our living rooms. There’s the endangered rhino leisurely lounging on the chesterfield sofa and Loxo the elephant on the chaise lounge. Hot air balloons transport wildlife in flight. Perhaps to safety and away from human harm? They probe our imaginations whilst creating a strong awareness with a smile. Deziree’s collections are painted on canvas as well as printed on pillows, tableware and stationary cards.

Loxo in Flight: Gravity defying pachyderm

Loxo in Flight: Gravity defying pachyderm

 

Pink Zebras; symmetry and stripiness

Pink Zebras; symmetry and stripiness

Deziree Smith resides in Fishhoek and you’ll find her work in Kalk Bay. Its a lovely Saturday visit with its art galleries and antique shops. For more info on Deziree Smith head on to www.whimsicalcollection.co.za

Ceros at Leisure: anyone seen the remote?

Ceros at Leisure: anyone seen the remote?

Part 3 of our Made in South Africa blog serial: Smashing Cape ceramics craftily created, crated; couriered cross-continentally. Home ware, fabrics, locally published lifestyle books to use and peruse. Odeon at Watershed captured on blog.

 

This post relates to these neighborhoods: Mouille Point - walk to V&A | V&A Waterfront | Higgovale | Sea Point - Atlantic Seaboard | De Waterkant | Clifton | Green Point - close to V&A | Camps Bay | Convention Centre - City |