Mandy Lake was born in Surrey, UK in 1968 and grew up in Johannesburg. Her love for painting developed under the tutelage of André Naudé and Simon Stone. Mandy earned a degree in history and art history at the University of Cape Town, and studied sculpture and illustration at the Foundation School of Art in Cape Town.
Mandy has had a professional career in design, illustration and publishing, yet continued to explore sculptural ceramics and painting. In 2009, she joined Julia Teale’s Spencer Street Studios in Salt River.
With Julia’s inspiration and encouragement Mandy’s love for the ocean became a passion to paint it, to explore and seek to capture the wondrousness of its ever-changing moods, the ceaseless movement, the power, the light, the tranquility.
On our southern African coast we are surrounded by and intimately connected to the sea. Mandy’s journey has been cross-dimensional. One is the impressionism, the moods and palettes of the ocean where a single moment can turn from powerful, dark and threatening to sparkling and lucent in an instant, with an infinity of shades in between. Here Mandy is influenced by Claude Monet, his view of the natural world and the ever changing effects of light, his capturing of its momentary and transient
The other is perspective. Mandy’s works are not seascapes. They are paintings of the sea itself. Here, Mandy draws inspiration from American contemporary artist, Ran Ortner. Ortner’s large-scale paintings of surging oceans have no horizon, land or sky. Their focus is on the ocean alone, the moodiness, the submerged power and ultimately, evoking the visceral attraction that we human beings have for the
In April 2016 Mandy held her first solo exhibition, Immersion at The Cape Gallery. Early in 2017 Mandy joined Tracey Payne at Victoria Art Studio in Woodstock, where she is working on her upcoming exhibition Sheer water, to be held at the Cape Gallery in 2018.
“I want viewers of my paintings to feel, even just briefly, a thrill, a resonance, a primeval pull that, yes, I want to be there, it feels good. I think we do all have that deep affinity and longing.”
Mandy Lake works primarily in oil on canvass and has shifted her approach to working oils. Initially she started with a background wash building up the darks before adding detail and light. Then she began to experiment with transparent oils, building up layer upon layer and reserving the opaques for the whites of the waves. Now she is acutely aware of the light from the moment she plots her composition, and in her most recent works there is no background wash the white of the canvas is allowed to show through.
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