New Era (Windhoek)

17 August 2012

Namibia: AAHT, NAGN Present Artists

The Ayrshire Architectural Heritage Trust (AAHT) in collaboration with National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) presented two professional artists.

John Sampson and Anita Heystek talked about their arts and their work. John Sampson, who grows up in Cape Town and later move to Namibia was very excited when he introduces the series of his work.

He related that the general public rarely appreciates the role of artists in society wanting only "pretty pictures they do not want works that requires reflection or the application of thought processes, in order to understand the messages in images. He wanted the audience to understand the process involved in creating the work that he produces which involves new technology.

John explained how he approaches his work and the themes he uses before painting. The Rain Worm is one of the works that John brought to the National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN).

"I don't believe that there is one particular way that leads me to the creation of a work or a portfolio of works. Yes, I do have certain favourite kinds of subject matter, e.g. the San (Bushmen), but it could also be an image that flits across my vision for a split second, or something subliminal that has lived in my subconscious for a while, or it could be something that someone says, or something that happens that affects me deeply,"

"I do not create work that matches the curtains or the decor. I produce works that should make the viewer think beyond the surface of the work. There is generally a deeper meaning.

The 'Rain Worm' image came about as a consequence of circumstance. One, I was involved in construction of my gallery at the time and had no time to get involved in my usual painting programmer," he explains.

Johny's art and images tend to originate from anywhere. They are stunning and look real and big in shape. He says that he never short of any idea that motivates or move him towards the creative process.

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