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Hein Smith

The following bio was supplied by the Artist Hein Smith.

I am a 41-year-old adrenaline junkie and have difficulty to stil my mind. I am a supporter of breaking the rules that keep us shackled by beliefs or religion.  I am a free spirit, non-judgmental and passionately believe that each person should have their right to choose who they want to be.

Out of pure frustration and tired of being put into a box I picked up my son’s beginners art kit and started painting an Indian symbol meaning family. This then later turned into 2 symbols and then later it was transformed into something completely different. This ended up being my very first finished painting: Silver lining.  It has great significance, seeing as usually I did not finish what I started. It opened the door for new ideas, projects, and paintings. I have been enjoying the journey thus far and am fortunate to have the opportunity to share my artwork with others.

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Cheryl L Montgomery

Introducing Cheryl L Montgomery, a very versatile artist, who works predominantly in oils.

Cheryl has always been creative in baking and hand made products, but she believed that she could never paint although she always admired others that could.   Her favorite saying was “I cannot draw a stick man”. She was later convinced by a friend that it is a skill which she will be able to master if she only tried.
She first learned how to sketch and draw, then ventured to playing with various art mediums. Since then she has proven herself wrong in her initial belief of her capabilities. She has grown from Art Lessons to full-fledged artist painting and loving it.

Cheryl found her niche in Oils and started enjoying the freedom it gave her to experiment and enjoy the art of creating. It has now been 4 years and Cheryl love to paint although she does not often get time. It is a great pastime and one which has become her “Me Time”.

She also heads the |”Octobaby project” which will enable pensioners to have a sustainable income. These hand crochet Octobabies are each one unique and babies love them as they become like a cuddly blanket to them and affords them a sense of security.

Cheryl is available for commissions.

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Klaus Tonitz

Interested in many aspects of the world we live in, his work varies in medium, theme, and application, where through he strives to illuminate matters of interest and intrigue.

In the first category, inspired by the soft, warm, light quality of Ostrich eggshell lamps, Klaus creates what he calls sculpture lights. In their making he incorporate many disciplines, spanning across a sphere of crafts.

Some ideas expressed through his work are original design exercises and others going beyond the surface, his art is born where the inner and outer worlds meet, maybe even collide…ever since Klaus discovered the light quality of ostrich eggshell lamps, there have been few alternative ways of bringing to life the feelings and ideas they convey…his sculpture lights are broadly versatile, making great gifts and via careful, sound construction remains lifetime investments, adding character and ambiance wherever they glow…

Klaus has a wonderful measure of potential and also an inexhaustible source of spiritual nourishment, this can be seen in his paintings.

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Johan Wilke International Photographer – His journey of magical moments on earth sadly stopped on the 27 July 2020

Johan Wilke

Johan Wilke sadly passed away on the 27 February 2020. He was a legend in his field and much loved.  His work will continue to be sold through this site and funds will be paid over to his daughter Betsy Wilke. His work can still be seen through his site.  Although the Willworks site is now dormant,  any work listed on the website can still be sold through this site.

Johan has come far from a little boy, taking photographs with old film rolls and sell by date chemicals on his Grandmother’s farm. His passion for beauty is palpable and his imagination is limitless and colorful. After his training as photographer and graphic designer in Port Elizabeth, he left the country with just a backpack and a camera to cross the world in suspense for that one magic moment. Johan has been running a successful studio foe 22 years shooting locally and internationally,
Through his extensive experience, he has become a favorite amongst celebrities because of his ability to capture the best in them.

Some Feedback from celebrities.
Margaret Gardiner
“Johan knows exactly what he wants, and yet he has the flexibility to capture the spontaneous moment. I do not have to worry about how I will look. Sometimes a shoot will feel wonderful and you look at the pics and go – wow – how did that happen – and not in a good way. With Johan – he always captures the magic moment. “

Minki van der Westhuizen:
I have been working with Johan for eight years in my career and with him I am always sure of the perfect cover. He has honestly taken my best covers worldwide! He has a natural talent and I always feel relaxed and confident with him behind the camera. I have always experienced time with him as a privilege.

Johan believes that any good photo should touch the emotions of the viewer – positive or negative. Sometimes his work is fairytale beauty and then he moves to subjects that make you uncomfortable. Especially his black and white documentary work as awarded photographer made him a legend amongst 20th century photographers.

Johan managed to reach the soul of each of his subjects. Moving himself into the heart and convictions of everyone without any prejudice or influence by himself. His work is honest without any hidden agenda to evoke emotions. His exhibition on the Indian people in Varanasi is unforgettable. A Random hand that touches the turbid waters of the Varanasi is one of the most famous photos ever!

Johan challenges subjects that lie outside of our comfort zones. His exhibition of tattoo’s and body piercing shows the people behind these habits. You see the true person and not his passion of marking his or her body. The result is – believe it or not – absolute beauty!

Johan’s technique is what the modern technology would call – beyond reasonable ability. His work leads to perfect balance, contrast, suspense, harmony, and emotional depth – such as you will never experience. In short – Johan does life – as we do not know it and would like to.

Besides Johan’s conceptualizing capability of new and fresh ideas, he is the master of light. He believes that good lighting is seventy percent of the value of a good photograph – not only technical – but emotional as well.

Johan found his inspiration outside the boundaries of our understanding. From a young boy he had a passion for the paintings of the Old Masters because of their understanding of the use and benefits of correct light. He is a great fan of the belated Henri Cartier-Bresson, the famous French photographer who understood this as well as having one second to capture the perfect photo.

Fashion & Beauty:
In fashion – Johan is an icon. He could see beyond the garment s and to create the perfect concept to confirm the look. He is an award-winning fashion photographer, and his concepts are always – without exception – totally out of the box – not near the box!

Three much awaited photography books have seen the light recently. I am, you are, Latent Moments, and Mnemonic are collector’s items.

Recently Johan published a book with the renowned chef, Marlene van der Westhuizen, called Abundance, a delectable book on scrumptious food and amazing photography – including the dishes as well as a walk around Cape Town’s most memorable areas.