Finally, a book is to be published, about one of South Africa’s great contemporary artists – Hannetjie de Clercq.
Of greatness …? She would, laughingly, whip away any such pretensions. I paint. Make with it what you like but don’t give me any of your intellectual drivel. Stand up to me. Let me see who you are. Let me taste your smile and your about ways and you might pass. Not that I have seen it all – but bull – shit – I do recognize from far.
We adore Hannetjie and have always loved her art. What a joy to be at her exhibition a few days after our return! Hannetjie works with a formula which deepens with each work. Her narratives are maturing and the poetry glows. She works with the precision of a master and her rendition is immaculate. No short-cuts, no cheap tricks.
With our love!
Colleen and Walter
Betty`s Bay, Friday Nov 4, 2011