My Art

Michélle Strydom
A collection of art by artists I love and admire and have some personal connection with. They might be from my hometown, went to school with me or had some influence in my life. I've always been the closet artist who has never quite blossomed, but great art has always taken a special place in my life. I greatly admire people with talent who has the self-discipline and determination to put in the work and become a success.
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Dreams of Gold by South African artist, Vernon Fourie. Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas (508x1016)mm || (20x40)"

Dreams of Gold by South African artist, Vernon Fourie. Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas (508x1016)mm || (20x40)"

By Peet Booysen, a South African Artist and friend, doing impressionist oils after Peter Millard and Adriaan Boshoff.

By Peet Booysen, a South African Artist and friend, doing impressionist oils after Peter Millard and Adriaan Boshoff.

By Bokkie Gerber, South African Artist. Bokkie once made me a gift portrait of myself which sadly was left behind when I  left Mpumalanga. I wonder if it is tucked away in some dark corner of the farm house somewhere.

By Bokkie Gerber, South African Artist. Bokkie once made me a gift portrait of myself which sadly was left behind when I left Mpumalanga. I wonder if it is tucked away in some dark corner of the farm house somewhere.

Athene II by South African artist, Bokkie Gerber.    I met Bokkie a long, long time ago on a farm in Mpumalanga where he was living at the time. I loved his art then and still do today. His work to me is such a celebration of the feminine form.

Athene II by South African artist, Bokkie Gerber. I met Bokkie a long, long time ago on a farm in Mpumalanga where he was living at the time. I loved his art then and still do today. His work to me is such a celebration of the feminine form.

Another amazing artist that I will never forget is Minnette Vári, who I knew as a student at UP. We actually did a stage production together of the musical, 'Grease' with her as 'Frenchy' and me as 'Rizzo' ... We became fond friends at the time and she made me a beautiful little pastel drawing for my birthday which, I regret, was stolen some years later. Follow the link to a documentary called "Helping Things to Reappear – Conversations with Minnette Vári."

Another amazing artist that I will never forget is Minnette Vári, who I knew as a student at UP. We actually did a stage production together of the musical, 'Grease' with her as 'Frenchy' and me as 'Rizzo' ... We became fond friends at the time and she made me a beautiful little pastel drawing for my birthday which, I regret, was stolen some years later. Follow the link to a documentary called "Helping Things to Reappear – Conversations with Minnette Vári."

I met Jesus Fuertes some years ago while working on an exhibition that he was planning for Cape Town, which sadly never materialised. We spent countless hours chatting and he drew me several pen drawings – mostly on napkins and hotel menus. He even did a full scale, signed pen drawing on the back of one of my own paintings that I will cherish forever. I was sad to hear that he passed away a few years ago in 2006. He was a celebrated cubist painter, mentored by Salvador Dalí and Pablo…

I met Jesus Fuertes some years ago while working on an exhibition that he was planning for Cape Town, which sadly never materialised. We spent countless hours chatting and he drew me several pen drawings – mostly on napkins and hotel menus. He even did a full scale, signed pen drawing on the back of one of my own paintings that I will cherish forever. I was sad to hear that he passed away a few years ago in 2006. He was a celebrated cubist painter, mentored by Salvador Dalí and Pablo…

Doornfontein Wall I, 1980, mixed media on board (122x122)cm by Nico van Rensburg. I once had the privilege to attend a workshop presented by Nico. Awesome experience.

Doornfontein Wall I, 1980, mixed media on board (122x122)cm by Nico van Rensburg. I once had the privilege to attend a workshop presented by Nico. Awesome experience.

Song of the Wind by Shelley Adams. My first awakenings in art (actually 'making art') was as a 'once-a-week' learner-artist at Shelley's home in Hermanus. It was many hours spent in a happy place that I'll never forget.

Song of the Wind by Shelley Adams. My first awakenings in art (actually 'making art') was as a 'once-a-week' learner-artist at Shelley's home in Hermanus. It was many hours spent in a happy place that I'll never forget.

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