Purple Pine Art & Design
Purple Pine Communication recently launched a new division, Purple Pine Art & Design, showcasing the talents of the visual arts, design, fashion and architecture communities. We provide a range of services to ensure the most effective positioning, reach and results, from short-term public relations projects to full-service, long-term marketing and digital communications strategy and implementation. Public relations has shown to be a key element in the art world as it generates excellent exposure without the prohibitive costs of advertising.
More than an artist, Fanie Scholtz has carved a name for himself in the art world as a jack of all trades, driven by beauty in all that he does. Born in Beaufort West in the 70’s, his parents owned the general dealer in the town. Painting is his preferred medium and he enjoys acrylics more than oil. He has always been inspired by windmills, landscapes, there farm near Sutherland, Misty Cliffs and nature – anything beautiful. He loves visiting art galleries where he finds inspiration through other artists’ works and techniques. He has exhibited around the country including Art B Gallery, Christo Coetzee Gallery and Museum in Tulbagh, Jamstreet, Rosendal Gallery, Schalkenbosch Wine Estate, KKNK and most recently Woordfees. His next exhibition will be with Willie Bester and Eris Silke.
Mervyn Gers Ceramics – Handmade in Cape Town
Mervyn Gers Ceramics creates bespoke, functional and decorative handmade ceramics that bring a natural, textured touch to any table. Each piece is fired at a very high heat to create stoneware that is as durable as it is beautiful. They make their own clay, mix their own glazes and print their own transfers which allows them to produce unique ranges and pieces tailor-made to every client’s needs.
Milan Benjamin Cronje – photographer and artist
Milan Cronje, an internationally renowned fashion photographer for the last 30 years, has opened his art portfolio to include hand painted masterpieces, some of yesteryear, some contemporary- styled portraits, but mostly focused on his unconditional love for animals and nature. Oils, acrylics and pencil make up most of his mixed-media artworks.
nje brand – fashion design
Entrepreneurs Bonolo Zwane (36) and Banele Mark Graham (34), followed their hearts to start nje, a South African based, boutique-scale clothing brand that represents their passion for fashion and curated design. With its origins in the South African language isiZulu meaning ‘just’, ‘as is’, and ‘no fuss’, the duo could not have imagined a better way to describe their ‘just-as-you-are’ sense of style. The unmistakable pigeon reference was the perfect symbolic expression of this – a bird found in multiple locations around the world, but whose form and existence we hardly ever question, no matter where we are. It just is. nje!
Ronnie van der Walt – potter and sculptor
After an absence from the art scene for many years, Van der Walt is back in the saddle, creating bespoke vessels for succulents and other sought-after items from clay. As a medium, clay has one of the richest histories in the world and is becoming more popular again. Born in 1951 in Cape Town,
Ronnie van der Walt completed his schooling at the Johannesburg School of Art, Ballet, Drama and Music. He then studied Fine Art and Sculpture at the Johannesburg College of Art for three years, followed by two years of ceramics at the same institute. In 1976, he won first prize at the Brickor National Ceramic Exhibition, as well as first prize at the Oude Libertas National Ceramics Exhibition in 1977. He started Things Ceramics Studio and Art Gallery in Melville, Johannesburg in 1979. He has exhibited around the world, including the Everard Read Gallery in Johannesburg, the Beuster- Skolimovski Gallery in Pretoria, the State Theatre in Bloemfontein, the South African Association of Arts in Pretoria, as well as Namibia, Paris, Toronto and Switzerland.