We at Chandler House are excited to introduce a new artist to our audience; the painter Weyers du Toit. Working in the traditional medium of oil on board, he is ‘an artist’s artist’, using pain-staking efforts to set up and create still life works in his Overberg studio. Upon closer reflection, his still life works are more than just the painted composition of quiet, inanimate objects. Rather, his works are imbued with a melancholy – or a sense of humour – always executed in masterful, painterly marks.
‘This year has been more isolated for many of us due to the restrictions and cautions of the COVID-19 Pandemic, but for numerous artists it has been much of the same. I have spent months alone in a room, staring at a little still life of flowers and perhaps a shell. This exhibition is about those private moments that accumulate in a lifetime of solitary pursuit. It is a gift to me and to the viewer and, permission for them to also quietly come into a secret garden of their own.’