Kate Arthur ”The Swimmer (in oil)”. Oil on Canvas.

It’s Friday, and this bit of genius from Chandler House is just the thing to get the weekend happy vibes started.

Michael Chandler recently approached eight Cape Town based artists to collect, paint and return a canvas within one day, resulting that night in the Wet Paint exhibition as a part of First Thursdays. It seems the idea for the exhibition stemmed from October 1787, when according to ‘Mozartarian-Mythology’, Mozart composed the ‘Don Giovanni’ Overture on the morning of the day it was first debuted in Prague.

Lucie de Moyencourt ‘Deyrolle Birds’. Oil on Canvas. 40 x 30cm.
Lucie de Moyencourt ‘Deyrolle Birds’. Oil on Canvas. 40 x 30cm.

Wet Paint appeals on so many levels – not only in the artworks themselves returned by the talented participants, but in the idea itself of (in Michael’s words) ‘no procrastination, no planning, just flat-out painting’. The fact that these oil and acrylic works were produced within such a short time frame, with an eminent exhibition looming that same night, is wonderful inspiration (for life in general and in particular for those of us in the deadline business). To cut out the superfluous and focus on what is important that needs to be done. John Lennon is quoted as saying ‘Creativity is a gift. It doesn’t come through if the air is cluttered’.

Niklas Wittenberg ‘Untitled’. Oil on Canvas. 40 x 30cm.
Niklas Wittenberg ‘Untitled’. Oil on Canvas. 40 x 30cm.

See below more artworks of those who participated in Wet Paint: Michael Taylor, Georgina Gratrix, Lucie de Moyencourt, Mia Chaplin, Patricia Fraser, Ludwich Olivier, Kate Arthur and Niklas Wittenberg. Somehow the coloration, mood and movement in the paintings also feel like the weekend. Have a good one, from The DECO Team

Mia Chaplin ‘Trust Me’. Oil on Canvas. 40 x 30cm.
Mia Chaplin ‘Trust Me’. Oil on Canvas. 40 x 30cm.
Michael Taylor ‘Don’. Acrylic on Canvas. 40 x 30cm.
Michael Taylor ‘Don’. Acrylic on Canvas. 40 x 30cm.
Ludwich Olivier ‘Python Paradise’. Oil and Glitter on Canvas. 30 x 40cm
Ludwich Olivier ‘Python Paradise’. Oil and Glitter on Canvas. 30 x 40cm
Patricia Fraser ‘Courtyard’. Acrylic on Canvas. 40 x 30cm.
Patricia Fraser ‘Courtyard’. Acrylic on Canvas. 40 x 30cm.
Georgina Gratrix ‘Hungover Rainbow”. Oil on Canvas. 30 x 40cm.
Georgina Gratrix ‘Hungover Rainbow”. Oil on Canvas. 30 x 40cm.
Exhibition at Chandler House
Exhibition at Chandler House

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Compiled by Marushka Stipinovich