Art at Weltevreden
Weltevreden Estate is fortunate to be able to draw from the magnificent natural surroundings it is situated within. We felt the look and feel of the venue might be suitably enhanced by the addition of resplendent sculptures throughout the property. Relying heavily on our ethos of remaining true to our heritage; incorporating it as guideline as we venture into the future and improving on that tradition as we set our course to betterment, the works of art reflects this self-same journey.
Picture an artist nervously hammering away at his sculptures, feverishly preparing for his debut; solo exhibition. Imagine his surprise as he is approached by an avid art lover who takes an immediate fancy to his most intimate work. Visualize now his astonished expression as his failed attempts at perfecting his craft are being heralded for the role they portray in his journey to realisation.
Envisage no more, as the Weltevreden Estate grounds incorporate the aforementioned facets of the artist, Ruhan Janse van Rensburg’s fairy-tale, as we set the stage for a symbolic – a birth of creation. Creation is imperfect, one spends a lifetime trying and very few ever experience the status of a Picasso, where even a single line becomes art. Wander in wonder through the magnificent scenery and catch a glimpse of the imperfections perfectly aligning to cement Luendo – our journey together – towards inclusive actualisation.
The works of art do not simply litter the exterior of Weltevreden Estate. Many an exquisite canvas magnificently enhances the interior of the Manor House. Christo Coetzee, Frances Bacon, Otto Landsberg and Zerk de Villiers feature prominently in our extensive collection. All the artists represented here have a unique characteristic that endears them and their work to Weltevreden Estate.
- Bacon, renowned for his bold, graphic and emotionally raw images of abstract figures set against flat, non-descript backgrounds and depicted subjects in glass and steel geometrical cages.
- Neo-Baroque artist, Coetzee associated with the Avant-garde movement in Europe and Japan during the 1950’s, is truly represented at the estate. His Heads Series painted between 1994-1995, hold a particular appeal and is widely considered to be the pinnacle of his work done on paper as preferred medium. It also signalled the beginning of his unmistakable minimalist style.
- Landsberg’s fortune might have its roots in the tobacco and snuff industries, however his ability to convey on canvas the vulnerability of man as it pertains to his relationship with God, is undoubtedly what he will be revered for. One of his most noted works has to be that of Adam and Eve, which can be seen towering magnificently from the back wall of the formal lounge in the Manor House.
- De Villiers’ work in the mediums of oil, acrylic and other various graphic media is filled with rich colour, texture and creates a luminous play of light. This journey of self-discovery is bursting with symbolism and mystery. The images (as messengers) carry a metamorphosis of forgotten memories and seemingly lost dreams.
The result of the Art @ Weltevreden Estate is an inspiring celebration of imagination and creativity. It is our hope that our expanding art collection will act as a catalyst for self-expression for viewers far and wide.