Last week Stephanie Hoppen was introduced to my work by a very good client of mine in Cape Town, and she has invited me to partake in an exhibition entitled The Art of Working Ships, opening in her London Gallery. Amazingly I have discovered that there are other artists who also paint tankers and oil rigs in this world. So I am now immersed in, not only, completing commissions for the Holden Mans Collection, and a new piece for The Studio Exhibition, which is opening Friday 14th, but now also painting an oil rig as well as a tanker or two. (My sister Tracey, who is the MD of a shipping Recruitment company in Singapore, reliably tells me that my ‘Tankers’ are not all Tankers, but all tankers are vessels and so I should correctly call my series Vessels, not Tankers. Thank T!)
Donna McKellar is a South African fine artist living and painting in Cape Town. She is well know for her large scale South African and landscapes.
She paints enigmatic and peaceful paintings of South African landscapes, and its remote buildings, Industrial urban moments, and large sea vessels. Her works are both highly technical and emotive in nature. The themes are centered around the idea of urban decay; loss of beauty and strength and relate to the common man’s everyday existence. She is inspired by various aspects of her own everyday life and perceptions as a painter, such as light and shadow; architecture and geography, memory and emotion.