I’m becoming quite a regular at I ♥ My Laundry. Last wed eve I attended another “Laundry party”, this time to check out some art by legendary SA musician, Arno Carstens while sipping on some Graham Beck wines. Wed eve perfection right there…
Now I’ve been a fan of Arno since my student days when he used to rock those tight leather pants on stage as the front man of the Springbok Nude Girls. You see, I have a huge thing for muso types. Put a guy on stage, let him rock his heart out and instantly his appeal quadrupels in my sad “groupie” eyes. Then again, I’m sure I’m not the only girl in that boat, right?
Arno’s always been a great musician. I’ve followed his music career post the Nude Girls and have continued to enjoy his musical stylings. But Arno as an artist? I wont lie, I was a bit sceptical…
Little did I know that Arno has always had a love for painting. In fact, as a kid he dreamt of one day becoming a full time artist and even went on to study graphic art back in 1992. But all that changed in 1994 when he met Theo Crous, Anro Blumer, Francious Kruger and Adriaan Brand and the band, Springbok Nude Girls, was born. Music took centre stage so to speak and continued to do so for the next 18 years.
In 2010, after a successful 3 year stint overseas, he decided it was time to pick up that brush again. And a 2 year creative journey has now culmitated in his Arno Plus exhibition.
I’m not going to act like I know anything about art, cause I don’t. But what I can tell you is that I know what I like. I’m not really drawn to things which I think will look nice in my apartment. I’m also not one for anything related to the big 5 or nature scenes. I usually like paintings which are slightly weird, dreamlike or even a little dark.
Luckily for me, Anno’s style turned out to be exactly that. A technical fact you’d probably want to know: he paints with oils on canvas.
My absolute favourite was this one called “Swan Love”:
And then I liked the dark mood of this one titled “Beast”:
And also ”Self Portrait”:
And the total craziness and bright colours of “Face of deception”:
Prices for these pieces range from about R25,000 to R50,000 and you can check out the full exhibition catalogue here.
I momentarily got side-tracked by a cookie. Yes, that’s right – a cookie:
As much as I appreciate good art, I also really appreciate good wine. We kicked off the evening with some Graham Beck Brut NV MCC, which is always a winner, and then we moved on to some of their reds:
This was the first time I tried their red wines and I really enjoyed both. Heading out to their estate in Franschhoek for the full Graham Beck experience is still on my list of “to do items” and then they also have a new “bubbly bar” called Gorgeous out on the Steenberg Estate in Constantia which I hear is a must see. I certainly don’t need any excuse to go and indulge in some sparkly daahling.
This exhibition is part of the I ♥ My Art club. For more info or if you’re someone who’s interested in exhibiting as well, contact Susan Botha on firstname.lastname@example.org or 084 358 4119.
Thanks to Arno, the fabulous guys & girls of I ♥ My Laundry & I ♥ My Art and of course Graham Beck wines for letting me crash the party. Loved every minute.