PROFILE OF LEA KIRSTEN born 1958 Amsterdam (SA)
ART STUDIES:Studied art at school and also attend private art classes since a young age.
Studied further art at the University of Pretoria and Unisa
ART ACHIEVEMENTS WHILE IN ART TRAINING: Pencil sketches done as assignments were published in the monthly newsletter of the Arts Department of Unisa as best works.
Took part in a Pencil drawings biennale in London. In the 1980’s Lea Kirsten made use of an agent, selling of her pencil sketches in Namibia.
ART CAREER IN A NUTSHELL:
In 1998-1994 she took a fancy towards ceramic murals, all of them was done on consignment.
She became a full time ceramic artist where she manufactured segments of pottery off which some pieces were glazed and cemented into a design. The colours were described by the client. Some of these murals were of enormous size like the one at Akasia Clinic in Pretoria. Murals were made for the Germiston Police Gymnasium, Optiklin in Benoni and several clinics and hospitals as well as private individuals. 45 of these murals were sold. Due to construction and upgrading to most hospitals, some of these works were destroyed. It was very demoralising but she saw this as a challenge to re-align her art works.
Since 1995 onwards she focus on drawing and painting: the bright coloured phase. One of her works were chosen as 1 of the 100 best works of the well-known Ekurhuleni Thami Mnyele-art competition
The year 2000 was her very first solo exhibition and opened by At Botha.
Only 1 painting was done in the year 2006 “Die liefde blom soos ‘n sonneblom maar....”
In 2009, 2 paintings was done that year of which one was named “Little boxes”
ART STYLE AND FURTHER DEVELOPMENT:
Earlier works were super-realistic to non-figarative. Even a few abstract works that were well composed and freely styled of which only 1 is still available. Right through her art career is the sense of colour (vibrant and bright) and symbolism evident.
From 2009 she joined CAFSA (Christian Art Federatiion of SA) and focus on transforming images into
personal and faith experiences on canvas and in pencil drawing. It is no longer just a pretty picture but a picture that capture your thoughts and imagination, a message yet always positive.
2011 she painted “The Last Supper” as if in today’s life, using family member. Here again the colours and images are used as symbolic icons in order to make a statement.
She was invited in 2014 as one of 30 artists 30/30 Ekurhuleni Contemporary Group Exhibition
Hosted by the Springs Art Gallery. She teaches art at the JCH for the past 5 years and like to make a difference in the children's lives.