Once a refugee‚ then a shopping centre car guard‚ now a landscape painter under the tutelage of his idol. Eric Karangwa has had an unlikely journey. The 33-year-old Rwandan artist‚ who has spent a decade fleeing political violence in central Africa‚ will hold his third solo exhibition at the Constantia Village shopping centre at the end of the month.
Tokai-based painter, Andrew Cooper donated one of his famed Tree of Life paintings to raise awareness for anti-human trafficking non-profit organisation, Stop Trafficking of People (STOP). The organisation promotes awareness about human trafficking, identifies and supports victims and tries to influence decision-makers in South Africa and Africa to make decisions that could result in the reduction of human trafficking, prostitution, pornography and sexual abuse.
Looking at the intricate detail and the mastery of light and mood in Andrew Cooper’s paintings, it is surprising to learn that he has never taken an art lesson. As a child of eight years he moved to England with his family where he spent time in Scotland, Cornwall and Surrey. He enjoyed drawing caricatures and cartoons and went through a phase of painting birds. Around the same time his uncle introduced him to the sport of fly-fishing.
Looking at the intricate detail and the mastery of light and mood in Cooper’s work, it’s hard to believe he’s never taken a single art class. His talent’s always been instinctive: as a child he drew caricatures and cartoons, and he went through a phase of painting birds.
Living in Cape Town's South Peninsular region, Andrew has been exposed to the plight of our local baboon troops. Over the years, he has seen how we have encroached on there mountains. Andrew has painted this stunning painting of the Constantiaberg mountain range and has donated it to Baboon Matters, it will be on their annual art auction on the 29th October.
The rustic beauty of many coastal towns near Cape Town and along the Garden Route is the inspiration for artists, photographers, writers and poets. For Cape Town artist, Andrew Cooper capturing the essence of each location is what inspires the subject matter of many of his paintings. Cooper shares five of his top coastal weekend getaways that inspire his art.
Oil and acrylic paintings are investments that should last several lifetimes if properly taken care of. A well maintained painting will fetch a higher price than one that is damaged or faded. The most common ways a painting gets destroyed is with water damage, direct sunlight, and physical damage.
Two Andrew Cooper paintings fetched record prices this past week and this as Cape Town was in the grips of winter, typically a quieter time of the year for local Cape artists. Red The Gallery sold both pieces, a large Table Mountain landscape painting and a mystical Tree of Life landscape painting to local art collectors.
Cape Town artist Andrew Cooper has been invited to join the 2015 Cape Leopard Trust fundraising luncheon for the active predator conservation group, The Cape Leopard Trust taking place at Leopard’s Leap on 15 August 2015 in the picturesque Franschhoek. He is donating a painting especially created for this exclusive auction and fundraising event.