Teresa completed a B.A. Degree (Graphic Design) at the University of Pretoria in 1989 and started working as a graphic artist in Johannesburg.
I really enjoy Teresa’s watercolours. She exhibited these at The Cape Gallery in 2002 and 2003, before she opened her own gallery in Stellenbosch.
Watercolour is an immediate and spontaneous medium that can be used capture an instantaneous impression. Teresa confidently brushes vibrant colours on to large A1 sheets of heavy white Fabriano paper. She paints panoramic views such as ‘Simons Town, South Atlantic Royal Navy’, ‘Camps Bay’, ‘False Bay from Chapman’s Peak’. Set against the backdrop of mountains and sea; the fynbos, the red roofed houses in green gardens, the city office blocks, the harbour traffic and yachts are caught as if in the blink of an eye, a sparkling scene in the morning light.
Teresa’s portfolio contains sketches too; ethnic studies of the Himba and Xhosa woman in traditional garb, the Clock Tower at the Mandela Gateway, a tractor and trailer harvesting fruit at Moulenvliet Wine and Guest Estate, a loaded 4x4, a cyclist, elephant, kudu and other wild life and a woman turning the meat at a braaivleis. In these she establishes an instant rapport with her subject, drawing on life. ‘I am African’ she confirms.
Set below towering cape mountain ranges, or framed by a perspective caused by the serried rows of the vines or an approaching road, the farm buildings are often briefly indicated, remote, girded by walls and fences, partially screened by trees. The landscape is painted with expressive brushwork. A joyous painting of vines in the full blush of Autumnn demonstrates Teresa’s skill with a palette knife.
Teresa is the accomplished grand daughter of Douglas Fuchs who was the Director General of the SABC, who loved art and socialized with artists like Bettie-Cillier Barnard and N.P van Wyk Louw. He collected work of numerous South African artists including that of Nils Anderson. Her mother was a music teacher. Teresa mentions that as a child she was inspired by Irma Stern, Maggie Laubser, Walter Battiss. Today she has developed an original style that is clearly her own.
Artist: TERESA DECINTI
Title: The V & A Waterfront Cape Town
Size: 75 x 95 cm
Price: R 9 900 Framed
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