Oil on Canvas - 89 x 71 cm.
This work is the result of a collaboration between Arno Carstens and Barend de Wet in 2012.
Best known for his career as a singer-songwriter and frontman for the Springbok Nude Girls, multi-award winning artist, Arno Carstens, has in fact been expressing himself across a variety of creative media over the last 20 years. Decades in the making, his love for painting has culminated in an extensive collection, and like his voice, the style is immediately and uniquely, Arno Carstens.
Arno studied graphic art in 1992, following a lifelong passion with the arts. As a child he dreamed that he would embark on a career as an artist, but when he met Theo Crous in 1994, and together with Arno Blumer, Francious Kruger and Adriaan Brand, formed the Springbok Nude Girls, his focus shifted to music, where it stayed for the next 18 years.
In 2010 Arno returned to SA after three years of writing, recording and touring his third solo album, ‘Wonderful Wild’ abroad. Back in Cape Town, Arno began working on an idea for this exhibition, a two-year journey that saw him return to his first love: fine art.
Besides an exciting collection of solo works, Arno has, over the years, collaborated with local artists Beezy Bailey, Jack Mantis, Barend de Wet and Marinda Swartz.
A mythical figure in the South African art world, Barend de Wet was born in Boksburg, Gauteng in 1958 and completed his education at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town in 1990. Currently based in Cape Town, De Wet’s oeuvre encompasses traditional media, craft skills and fanatical hobbyist creations including sculptures, ‘knitted paintings’, performances and productive collaborations.