HANNELé VILJOEN

As a child, some of my earliest memories somehow related to creating something. From sewing to painting, I have been making things most of my life. I studied law, and throughout my career, art was my escape from the concrete world, where I could freely express a sense of emotion on paper, and in some radical way connect with the viewer of my art.
Facing a personal challenge I painted 2 doors as a symbol that no matter what life throws your way, you have a choice to either procrastinate or open up the door to new opportunities. This was the start of a journey which had grown in leaps in bounds.
I established myself with an art studio in Centurion, South Africa. Since then a number of my pieces found homes with South African and European families. My work reflects a search for reconciliation of one’s spirituality, by the use of Chiaroscuro, where three-dimensional volume is suggested by the value gradation of colour and the analytical division of light and shadow.
The source of my inspiration is the French and Italian landscapes with a combination of inner feelings and imagination. My paintings are the incorporation of all of that, with the various ups and downs in my personal life.
I work with a variety of mediums such as oils, acrylics, and charcoal and impasto techniques to achieve three-dimensional volume.
My work can be viewed on my website at www.le-artiste.com or live from a selected number of South African art galleries.
I am exploring international opportunities and will be attending my second exhibition in Paris in 2016.
I continue believing that everyone is an artist in some way. Whether it is the presentation of a fine meal or the construction of a beautiful home, the wording of a contract or the way a mother raises a child.
Each of us has the ability to make art.
Mine just happens to be in paint.

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