I didn’t say it…but, I cannot deny that I feel honoured and flattered to be compared with the likes of Adriaan Boshoff, Errol Boyley and Rembrandt.
Who would not be?
Adriaan Boshof’s work is just in another league. His work sells in the region off R180 000.00 and more
Lovers of good art will seldom reach unanimous agreement on who is really the eminence grise of local contemporary painters. But a panel of fellow artists may well field a majority of nominations for one of the enigmas of modern art, a man who shuns the limelight, yet consistently creates some of the most exquisite art made anywhere in the world.
Adriaan Boshoff was a true impressionist, a man who may have made hundreds of sketches before embarking on his paintings. It was this dedication to perfection, coupled with a rare talent and creative ability that catapulted Boshoff into the forefront of South African artists.
He wasn’t always so enjoyed. There were times in his earlier life, recalls his daughter, Louise Boshoff, when he ceaselessly traveled from town to town to try to accommodate his churning need to “move on and discover something new”.
He was a man who had embraced Christianity with all its tenets and strictures. His faith seems to have helped him discover the inner peace that had so eluded him in his early years – and it is this peace that the art lover sees in the maturity, the grace and, indeed, the serenity of his work.
Boshoff was first and always a South African and some of his most memorable works are landscapes depicting the veld with cattle crazing. They have about them the epitome of that elusive spirit that makes South African émigrés long for home and dream of sun-baked days on the stubby veld.
Boshoff’s often large canvasses evidence a rare understanding of colour and balance and that essential ability to capture the fleeting impression that is the very essence of Impressionism. He was unreservedly a romantic impressionist, a man who, in the camera of his mind, could retain the precise nuance of an expression he wishes to impart. This imbue his characters with that upturned glance – that arched smile – that help make his paintings come alive and which create a rare concord with the viewer.
He was a master artist. To be compared to the likes of him, Errol Boyley and Rembrandt gives me incredible hope for the future of my career as an artist.
I have been called, the modern Errol Boyley, the modern Rembrandt (he was also an impressionist)…and now a new Adriaan Boshof (master painter).
Do you agree?