Hermann Niebuhr, City Chromatic

Few years back, when Karl left, I felt that the end of Jozi in art and Art in Jozi is nearing .. I also thought that i might miss him. I did, and I’m missing him badly still today.

It was then, few years back, when Hermann Niebuhr “appeared in my life”, like a wave of past Troyeville times. The inevitable happened – love at first site – the “Wim Wenders in Hillbrow” work. A work i will never forget in this life :

Hermann Niebuhr, City Chromatic

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The Window, Sofia Art Gallery, 2005

I could not help it but share with you (since you are here now) this wonderful exhibit, which i attended in Sofia, possibly during my first visit back to this can-be-wonderful city, where my heart stayed behind when i left in 1991 .. It was named “The Window” and featured works by XX century fine art masters from Bulgaria – some big names in there

The selected works here, which i scanned recently, represent the works i particulalrly liked there, works which capture so well the light of Sofia : winter light, nightlight, the city light in general – the way i recall it in the 80s, and even in the late 70s, the way i want it to be when i go back one day ..

I can write pages on the works below, but i will not – over to the works to do the talking ..

Finally, keep mouse over image to see image title and details ..

Andrei Daniel, Winter Night in Sofia, 1984, Oil on canvas, 100x100 Dimitar Tomov, %22Mladost II suburb%22, 1986-1987, Oil on Canvas, 85-100 Dinko Stoev, Window, circa 1986, Oil on board, 100x120 Emil Stoichev, Nocturnal Diary, 1986, Oil on canvas, 160x130 Lilyana Rouseva, Evening, 1989, Oil on canvas, 100.5-92 Mariana Marinova, Blue Evening in Sofia, 1987, Tempera on canvas, 110x130Naiden Petkov, Window, circa 1975, Oil on canvas, 130x81Nedko Solakov, Every Evening at Six Sharp, 1982, Oil on canvas, 46x61Nikolai Alexiev, Collette, 1982, Oil on board, 44x34Nikolai Alexiev, Models, 1983, Oil on board, 73x92Svetlin Rousev, View from the Studio Window, 1977, Oil on board, 130x96Vihroni Popnedelev, A Workers Bus, 1982, Oil on canvas, 110x170Yordan Katsamounski, In the Studio I, 1976, Oil on canvas, 106x151Yordan Katsamounski, Interior, 1980, Oil on canvas, 97x130Zhecho Dounev, Window in Paris, Oil on canvas, 105x69.5Bencho Obreshkov, Still-life With Fish, Oil on canvas, 58.5-69Ivan Nenov, Balcony with Viaduct, 1936, Oil on board, 125x91

Selected Oils, 2011 – 2020

Selected Oils, 2011 - 2020

Wilderness in Us, Oil on board, 2012. Available – enquiries over email

Our House in Namibia

Our House in Namibia, Oil on board, 2011. Not Available – property of NA

Later That Evening

Later that Evening, Oil on board, 2012. Available – enquiries over email

Langebaan in Winter

Langebaan in Winter, Oil on board, 2012. Available – enquiries over email

Failed One Night Stand

Failed One-Night Stand, Oil on board, 2012. Available – enquiries over email

Wet Summer II, Mixed Media

Wet Summer II, Mixed Media, 2012. Not Available

Flight TWA 800, Mixed Media

TWA 800, Mixed Media, 2011. Not Available

October Wind III, Mixed Media

October Wind III, Mixed Media, 2011. Availability unknown ..

October Wind V, Mixed Media

October Wind V, Mixed Media, 2011. Available – enquiries over email

October Wind VI, Mixed Media

October Wind VI, Mixed Media, 2011. Available – enquiries over email

Selected Oils, 2001 – 2010

Airborn, 2006, Oil on Board, Available

Airborn, 2006, Oil on Board, , Available : Enquiries over email

Selected Oils, 2001 - 2010

Madrid, End of Summer, Oil on Board, 67×43, Sold : Property of WB

Full Moon North of Pretoria, Oil on Board

Full Moon North of Pretoria, Oil on Board, Sold : Property of NV

Worst Case Scenario I, Mixed Media

Worst Case Scenario I, Mixed Media, Available : Enquiries over email

Worst Case Scenario II, Mixed Media

Worst Case Scenario II, Mixed Media, Available : Enquiries over email

Worst Case Scenario III, Mixed Media

Worst Case Scenario III, Mixed Media, Available : Enquiries over email

Wet Summer I, Oil on Board, Private Collection

Wet Summer I, Oil on Board, Not Available : Property of NA

House by the Sea I, Oil on Board

House by the Sea I, Oil on Board, Available : Enquiries over email

October Wind IV, Oil on Board, Private Collection

 October Wind IV, Oil on Board, Not Available : Property of KG

While We Sleep I, Oil on Board, Private Collection

While We Sleep I, Oil on Board, Not Available : Property of I/NB

Snow in October II, Mixed Media, Property of NV

Snow in October II, Mixed Media, Not Available : Property of NV

Wet Summer III, Mixed Media

Wet Summer III, Mixed Media, Available : Enquiries over email

Never Wake up Late, Mixed Media

Never Wake up Late, Mixed Media, Available : Enquiries over email

There, Then I, Mixed Media

There, Then I, Mixed Media, Available : Enquiries over email

There, Then IV, Mixed Media

There, Then IV, Mixed Media, Available : Enquiries over email

Low Tide III, Mixed Media

Low Tide III, Mixed Media, Available : Enquiries over email

Low Tide IV , Mixed Media

Low Tide IV, Mixed Media, Availability Unknown

October Wind II, Mixed Media, Private Collection

October Wind II, Mixed Media, Not Available: property of D/MK

Winter Sun I, Mixed Media

Winter Sun I, Mixed Media, Not Available, owner unknown

There, Then III, Mixed Media

There, Then III – fragment, Mixed Media, Not Available, owner unknown

All You Say and All You Dont, Mixed Media

All You Say and All You Dont, Mixed Media, Not Available

House by the Sea II, Mixed Media

House by the Sea II, Charcoal on paper, Not Available

Low Tide I, Mixed Media

Low Tide I, Charcoal on paper, Not Available

Selected Oils, 1984 – 1987

An incidental encounter with A. Penev, and his “request” that i went back in the studio and paint and leave photography aside, led to my scanning of few of the oils which i completed in the 80s, mostly in the 1986 – 1987. I recall a fine summer day late in the 80s, when Drago came to my studio with a camera and shot what i managed to collect back then and what i had on me in the studio, dried long time ago (some 10-15 works had gone at this point – vanished with their respective owners).

So, i found the actual pictures of the works buried in the cellar, in a box with other nostalgia, and promptly rescanned them to their original look (some of these were still with me in the recent years, so i vividly recall their look). I would have done differently these works today, and in some cases correcting obvious mistakes in colour and light sources and the like. It is “too late now” .. I may go ahead and redo some of these as i see them today, or i may leave them as they were then .. I don’t know ..

No names – don’t recall their names today, except for few – see each file name. Most of the works below are sold, some sold here, in South Africa, one or two were given as a present.

So, while i deal with awaken memories now, you can have a look – the way of the brush then, the humble attempt to be me ..

Backdraft

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No Name 3 No Name 4 No Name 5 No Name 6 No Name 10 No Name 11 No Name 7No Name 13The Blowup

The Mirror Trader below was done together with Julian Ilkov (“Bai Hui”), while in the army, in my studio there – he added few strokes in the man’s face if i recall correctly .. We did few other works together, don’t have images of those though.

The Mirror Trader

Finally, something in black .. I wish i had done more in black then and that i do more now .. The “now” can still be corrected ..

Leving it All Behind I, 1986, Charcoal

Leaving it All Behind I, 1986, Charcoal on board, property of IB