Kramer's World

John Kramer began to record small town shops, corner cafe's, bioscopes and general dealer stores of the Western Cape, South Africa, with his camera in the early 1970’s, fearing that they might soon disappear. The supermarket was coming to town. Television was about to make its presence felt. He wanted to hold onto the memory. Influenced by the photo-realism movement of the time, he began to use these images as a subject for his unique paintings.
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Strydenburg Kafee www.johnkramer.net

Strydenburg Kafee www.johnkramer.net

Beach House, Langebaan, oil on canvas. Artist John Kramer. www.johnkramer.net

Beach House, Langebaan, oil on canvas. Artist John Kramer. www.johnkramer.net

Furniture Huisraad, Riversdale, oil on canvas. Artist John Kramer. www.johnkramer.net

Furniture Huisraad, Riversdale, oil on canvas.

Winkel, between Worcester and Robertson www.johnkramer.net #trek #winkel

Winkel, between Worcester and Robertson www.johnkramer.net #trek #winkel

General Store, Worcester,  oil on canvas. Artist John Kramer. www.johnkramer.net

General Store, Worcester, oil on canvas. Artist John Kramer. www.johnkramer.net

The Emperor of Og by John Kramer.   Sanlam Portrait Awards Top100 2017. A portrait of Niki Daly, children's book illustrator

The Emperor of Og by John Kramer Sanlam Portrait Awards A portrait of Niki Daly, children book illustrator

Liberty Hairdressing Saloon, Salt River www.johnkramer.net

Liberty Hairdressing Saloon, Salt River www.johnkramer.net

Photo: Grocotts, Printers and Stationers, Grahamstown Acrylic on board, 1978

John Kramer -Grocotts, Printers and Stationers, Grahamstown Acrylic on board, 1978

Photo: This is a painting of one of those wonderful holiday houses in Hermanus occupying a key position over-looking Walker Bay. Of course this building has long been demolished only to be replaced with a block of apartments. 'Skande!' It was on Marine Drive on the corner opposite the Marine hotel. It  was called Schoongezicht and built by P. John Luyt the 'Father of Hermanus'.

Luyts Corner, Hermanus - oil on linen canvas, © John Kramer - All Rights Reserved

Dormehl's Supermark, DeAar. Oil on canvas.  Artist John Kramer

Dormehl's Supermark, DeAar. Oil on canvas. Artist John Kramer

Paternoster. Oil on board. 2017  Artist John Kramer

Paternoster. Oil on board. 2017 Artist John Kramer

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Photo: Parkers Cafe', Upper Roodebloem Rd, University Estate. 2010  I have painted this shop a number of times over the years. It occupies a corner site and catches the light in a wonderful way. I always loved the PWD brown of the pillars against the cream walls. A Coke or Pesi sign would add a touch of colour. The area is more gentrified now and everything is newly decorated and smartened up.

Photo: Parkers Cafe', Upper Roodebloem Rd, University Estate. 2010 I have painted this shop a number of times over the years. It occupies a corner site and catches the light in a wonderful way. I always loved the PWD brown of the pillars against the cream walls. A Coke or Pesi sign would add a touch of colour. The area is more gentrified now and everything is newly decorated and smartened up.

Photo: Who remembers the Princess Kafee in Hermanus? Oil on board, 2012. Private collection

Photo: Who remembers the Princess Kafee in Hermanus? Oil on board, Private collection

Photo: Green Point, Oil on board, 2012

Photo: Green Point, Oil on board, 2012

Photo: Here's a painting I made of a 'winkel' somewhere in the Sandveld. I've been back to try and find the place over the years but just can't locate it. Somewhere in the area of Paleisheuwel and Elands Baai and Leipoltville. Any idea, anyone?

Photo: Here's a painting I made of a 'winkel' somewhere in the Sandveld. Somewhere in the area of Paleisheuwel and Elands Baai and Leipoltville.

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