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PHIL CLOETE
Born 1936, Deceased 16.01.2011
 

Phil attended Wynberg Boys High School. He chose art as a subject to further his intention to study to become an architect. He also approached Mrs Violet Fitzroy, a well known Cape watercolorist for lessons and spent a year with her gaining experience in that medium. More recently he has begun to use oils and acrylics taking full advantage of the denser, richer hues.

This Artist knows the topography of the Cape intimately, his work communicates well to those who have explored the shores and vineyards, climbed the mountains. He concentrates only on that which is essential in the subject he chooses to paint. This could be a Spring tide lashing the rocks at Hermanus or a walk along the beach at Plett. Phil has an eye for the shifting cloudscapes as they cast patterns of light and shade on sea, shore and mountain. Time, Season and weather are arbiters of mood and contrast in his work.

There is consistency and assurance in his work, a confident knowledge and use of colour.
Clients generally collect his paintings, choosing their favourite vantage points.

Exhibitions

1980 - 2006
Participated in various group shows with other cape artists in the Cape and Johannesburg; Gordon Legg, Eric Wale, Guy Todd, Lucy Wiles. Phil Cloete frequently participated in exhibitions at The Cape Gallery.

1980
Shared an exhibition with Len Thomas at the Hout Street Gallery in Paarl

1981
Solo exhibition at Gallery 709 in Cape Town.

Exhibited at the Dunnwald Gallery in Johannesburg

1982
Exhibited in the Cape.

Commissions

1981
Three works chosen for Southern Life Soceity Calendar

1983
Six works chosen by Caltex Oil for a calendar.

1984
Three works were chosen by Southern Life Assurance for a calendar.

1988
Four works chosen by Gearing, Walvis Bay for a calendar.

Numerous of his works are in collections here and abroad.

PHIL CLOETE
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Artist: PHIL CLOETE
Title: Franschoek
Size: 35 x 45 cm
Media: Oil
Price: R 3 500 framed
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