Recent Apparitions & Other Paintings by Nicolaas Maritz

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A catalogue of recent paintings by South African artist Nicolaas Maritz, on exhibition at the Dawid Ras Gallery, Johannesburg, from 5 - 24 March, 2016. DAWID RAS GALLERY 18 Silvela Road Sandown Estate, Sandton Johannesburg SOUTH AFRICA TEL: 011 444 5480 CELL: 082 492 9777 www.dawidras.com

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  • RECENT APPARITIONS

    & OTHER PAINTINGS

    NICOLAAS MARITZ

    DAWID RAS GALLERY

  • RECENT APPARITIONS

    & OTHER PAINTINGS

    5 - 24 MARCH 2016

    NICOLAAS MARITZ

    DAWID RAS GALLERY

    18 Silvela Road Sandown Estate, Sandton

    Johannesburg SOUTH AFRICA

    www.dawidras.com

  • INTRODUCTION

    RECENT APPARITIONS & OTHER PAINTINGS

    Art does not lie down on the bed that is made for it; it runs away as soon as one says its name;

    it loves to go incognito. Its best moments are when it forgets what it is called.

    Jean Dubuffet

    (quoted by Alan Magee: Paintings, Sculpture, Graphics. Forum Gallery, New York, 2004)

    Painting is absolutely primordial, and an exquisitely involved process. It is an activity fraught with small sensuous successes and considerable boring disappointments; a la-boured layering of pure chance. This makes every new painting an apparition of sorts; a transformation. But explanations can be odious.

    To conceive of a finished painting is foolish. In the tradition of non-professionalism, informalism and the happy accident, these recent works are testimony to the creative methods of chance, a surprisingly constructive working procedure, by which the paint-ings, given a little advance artistic encouragement daily, seem to magically appear by themselves.

    Painting is surface architecture rooted in complex preliminary painterly stages; a land-scape of meandering impressions finally charted by paint; an expression of the particular, relying on a large amount of the general. It is another country, haunted by strange juxta-positions of artistic intelligence. And all of this from my suburban garage! Well, I can only tell you.

    Contemporary culture looms very large, and is extremely alienating. It is almost true to say that no-one really fits in. Just about everyone I know is mentally distracted.

  • Nowadays there seems to be little difference between being and fantasy, between street and gallery, or between website and museum. Even anachronisms have become contem-porary. How infinitely nice for culture. But find meaning we all still must.

    Individualist artistic intention is so easily altered and adulterated by the realities of con-ventional artistic medium, that to surrender to the scintillating will of paint, is possibly the only enduring answer to a painter. It is to enter at once a hidden world, with its own subtle colour rules and revelatory language. It is an open-ended adventure penetrating the fas-tidious poetry of accidental line and liquid colour. It establishes and nurtures personal possibilities and artistic miracles. If only everybody could paint!

    Unlocking painterly secrets are not for the faint hearted. Like Gauguin I yearn to be more mysterious. Like Matisse I yearn to conjure up and atmosphere of luxe, calme et volupte. Like my younger self I still yearn to be a painter. Sometimes I have to pinch myself.

    This exhibition features a selection of my recent paintings, roughly divided into three sec-tions: Landscape, Still Life and Apparition. All the works are in enamel paint on board.

    Nicolaas Maritz, Darling, February 2016

  • 1. Gedaante met Blou Vol, 2014, emaljeverf op bord, 498 x 635mm / Apparition With Blue Bird, 2014, enamel paint on board, 498 x 635mm

  • 2. Twee Droomvols, 2014, emaljeverf op bord, 340 x 450mm / Two Dream Birds, 2014, enamel paint on board, 340 x 450mm

  • 3. Twee Suurlemoene met Rooi Bessies 2014, emaljeverf op bord, 495 x 580mm / Two Lemons with Red Berries 2014, enamel paint on board, 495 x 580mm

  • 4. Stillewe met Geel Beker en Suurlemoene, 2014, emaljeverf op bord, 820 x 1205mm / Still Life with Yellow Jug and Lemons, 2014, enamel paint on board, 820 x 1205mm

  • 5. Swart en Geel Suurlemoene, 2013, emaljeverf op bord, 295 x 392mm / Black and Yellow Lemons, 2013, enamel paint on board, 295 x 392mm

  • 6. Swart Lyn Suurlemoen, 2013, emaljeverf op bord, 240 x 320mm / Black Line Lemon, 2013, enamel paint on board, 240 x 320mm

    7. Blou Suurlemoengloed, 2013, emaljeverf op bord, 232 x 317mm / Blue Lemon Glow, 2013, enamel paint on board, 232 x 317mm

  • LEFT 8. Blou Visskadu met Suur-lemoene, 2015, emaljeverf op bord, 410 x 320mm / Blue Fish Shadow with Lem-ons, 2015, enamel paint on board, 410 x 320mm

    RIGHT 9.

    Pienk Vis op Geel Bord, 2015, emaljeverf op

    bord, 400 x 507mm /

    Pink Fish on Yellow Plate, 2015, enamel

    paint on board, 400 x 507mm

  • RIGHT 11.

    Vaal Takke in n Gespik-kelde Blompot, 2014,

    emaljeverf op bord, 495x 625mm /

    Pale Branches in a

    Spotty Vase, 2014, enamel paint on board,

    495 x 625mm

    LEFT 10. Pienk Blompot met Rooi Bessie-takke, 2014, emaljeverf op bord, 580 x495mm / Pink Vase with Red Berry Branches, 2014, enamel paint on board, 580 X 495mm

  • 12. Drie Suurlemoen See-uitsig, 2012, emaljeverf op bord, 665 x 1000mm / Three Lemon Sea View, 2012, enamel paint on board, 665 x 1000mm

  • 13. Uitsig met Wit Bord, 2014, emaljeverf op bord, 580 x 990mm / View with White Plate, 2014, enamel Paint on board, 580 x 990mm

  • 14. Gompou en Doringbos by Dordabis, 2014, emaljeverf op bord, 600 x 613mm / Bustard and Thorn Bush at Dordabis, 2014, enamel paint, 600 x 613mm

  • 15. Kaaskop, 2014, emaljeverf op bord, 395 x 640mm / Kaaskop, 2014, enamel paint on board, 395 x 640mm

  • 16. Tweetoon Maan, 2012, emaljeverf op bord, 590 x 790mm / Two-tone Moon, 2012, enamel paint on board, 590 x 790mm

  • 17. By Spoegontein, 2014, emaljeverf op bord, 650 x 950mm / At Spoegfontein, 2014, enamel paint on board, 650 x 950mm

  • 18. Somerwolke naby Kalkrand, 2014, emaljeverf op bord, 165 x 248mm / Summer Clouds near Kalkrand, 2014, enamel paint on board, 165 x 248mm

  • 19. Rooi Bult by Toktokkievlakte, 2014, emaljeverf op bord, 163 x 250mm / Red Hill at Tapping Beetle Flats, 2014, enamel paint on board, 163 x 250mm

  • 20. Swart Kaatjie met Rooi Saad-peule, 2013, emaljeverf op bord, 605 x 595mm / Black Kitty with Red Pods, 2013, enamel paint on board, 605 x 595mm

  • 21. Die Laaste Koedoe, 2012/13, emal-jeverf op bord, 780 x 780mm / The Last Kudu, 2012/13, enamel paint on board, 780 x 780mm

  • 22. Le Bottels met Blou Vol, 2014, emaljeverf op bord, 498 x 590mm / Empty Bottles and Blue Bird, 2014, enamel paint on board, 498 x 590mm

  • 23. Twee Stille Gedaantes, 2009/14, emaljeverf op bord, 1220 x 1520mm / Two Still Apparitions, 2009/14, enamel paint on board, 1220 x 1520mm

  • DAWID RAS GALLERY

    18 Silvela Road Sandown Estate, Sandton

    Johannesburg SOUTH AFRICA

    TEL: 011 444 5480

    CELL: 082 492 9777

  • www.dawidras.com