White Lion

The White Lion, a new addition to my “In The Balance” series.

Oil on canvas, 120cm by 200cm, (2017). See my White lion time-lapse painting demonstration video – click here.

 

The White lion of the Timbavati area is the same genus as the tawny Southeast African lion. These lions are found in some wildlife reserves in South Africa, and in wild game parks around the world. They were thought to have been native to the Timbavati region of South Africa for thousands of years, although, the first logged sighting in this region was only in 1938. Held as divine by locals, white lions first came to public notice in the 1970s, in Chris McBride’s book The White Lions of Timbavati.

Furthermore, their white color is caused by an ebbing trait derived from a less-severe mutation in the same gene that causes albinism. This gene is distinct from the gene that causes whiteness in tigers. The white lion can vary from blonde to near-white. This coloration does not appear to weaken their survival skills. The white lions of the Global White Lion Protection Trust (GWLPT) have been restored back into the wild. They have been hunting and breeding well without human intervention for a long amount of time.

To paint this majestic animal I used the traditional Grisaille technique. I plan to produce at least 12 paintings of wild cats at this size and composition.

 

The Studio Art Gallery

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The Studio renamed The Studio Art Gallery, that was first situated in Kalk Bay at the Majestic Village, relocated to Kommetjie, the new Cape Town art hub.

This exciting new gallery venture is a partnership between Cape Town artists Marc Alexander and Donna McKellar, who chose Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie on the busy Cape Point route to be its new venue. The gallery occupies shop 6 and 7 that used to be the old blacksmith’s workshop built in 1743 and features the original forge, which is still in use, albeit only to warm visitors on rainy days. This new gallery space with its half-meter thick walls and quaint surrounds perfectly complements both artists work. Donna’s enigmatic Karoo landscapes juxtaposing Marc’s partially gilded wildlife series is a breath-taking experience.

At present, the gallery showcases a wide selection of Marc and Donna’s original oil paintings as well as the highest museum quality artist’s prints, but plans to also represent other local artists at a later stage.

Lindy Alexander, Marc’s kindly wife, who also manages his art career, has been appointed as the galleries new director. Besides a friendly welcome, Lindy plans to enthral visitors and patrons with a dynamic exhibition, education and events programme. Whether you are a new art enthusiast or serious connoisseur, if you would like to build your corporate or private art collection, then Lindy is the person to talk to.

Most days, Marc can be seen painting at the gallery, always willing to share his techniques and business experience, or talk about his latest project.

The Studio Art Gallery is open 7 days a week 9am – 5pm.