World Art Day is the international celebration of the fine arts which promotes the awareness of creativity across the globe and this year it is commemorated on Sunday 15th April. Morukuru Family is delighted to be able to pay homage to art and artists on a daily basis as our portfolio is the privileged setting for a number of original pieces.
Guests visiting AtholPlace Hotel & Villa are able to immerse themselves in our tranquil gardens and get up close and personal with a statue created by Angus Taylor. We call this work “ Celebrity” and it examines several interlinked ideas which feature in the sculptural oeuvre of Taylor, namely the necessary relationship between the part and the whole and the concept that the part is equally important as the whole. A fascination with Quantum Theory is expressed in much of Taylor’s work. Albert Einstein who devoted his life to the exploration of this theoretical basis of modern physics is quoted as saying: “ True art is characterised by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.” and a considered observation of this imposing sculpture endorses that sentiment.
Take some time to appreciate two works by Nelson Makamo , one in our reception area and the other in the bar. These works also reflect the view of Einstein as the passion of this celebrated South African painter is clearly evident. Makamo has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in South Africa, France, Italy, America, Netherlands and Scotland and his work features in the private collections of of fashion legend Giorgio Armani and musician Annie Lennox. We feel honoured to enjoy Makamo’s energy every day.
Lionel Smit is a contemporary South African artist, known for his large portraiture works on canvas, sculpture, and silk screen and his work has been exhibited locally and internationally in prestigious galleries, art fairs and public spaces. AtholPlace Restaurant is home to a series of 3 illustrative works and the two sculptures by Smit, which can be appreciated whilst guests enjoy a five star dining experience.
Dutch/Swedish artist Gun Derhammar contributes to the artistic atmosphere of the restaurant space with her series of 8 paintings of pears called “Happy Pears”. The Villa at AtholPlace also features another two original Derhammer works entitled Modern Renaissance 1 & 2 which are two huge works. Derhammer is renown for her oil paintings which incorporate unusual layers of colour combinations, with expressive crossing of lines and shades. She often works with of loose geometrical forms which link together to form the foundation for the compositions and her work is influenced by nordic mythological themes.
Morukuru Ocean House is no stranger to fine art as it is home to a series of 19 “Faces” by Lionel Smit which explore the concept of identity as well as a trademark Overberg work by Derric van Rensburg who is considered one of South Africa’s top impressionist painters. “My style is impressionism and the influence of the Overberg and its patchwork of colours inspired me then, as it still does now. I am forever grateful for the six years spent in that area. Living in the Overberg had a great impact on me and will always be evident in my work,” explains van Rensburg.
Guests at Morukuru Ocean House can also enjoy two dramatic pieces by Riaan Chambers, from his ‘Chandelier Phase’. Chambers draws inspiration from the natural habitat surrounding Morukuru Ocean House and especially long walks on the beach. His process includes collecting naturally tumbled pieces of glass, shells and found objects from which he creates multi-coloured, natural statement pieces. Chambers is well known for his fresh take on creativity which has no boundaries. Expect the unusual when encountering one of these giant, magical pieces made from light reflecting recycled objects.
Our soon to be launched Morukuru Beach Lodge will feature two bold architectural pieces created by Wildecture which is a team of young South African designers that explores a wild African fauvistic architectural style. The common areas feature an outdoor whale which is already installed and the breathtaking indoor chandelier representing a whale and calf is approaching completion. Watch this space!
Bedrooms feature images by Peter Chadwick , an internationally recognised award winning photographer. Chadwick specialises in photographing and writing about conservation and environmental issues on the African continent. He is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and says: “ The African bush stole my heart when my father introduced it to me before I could properly walk”. His photographs reflect our philosophy of treading lightly on the planet and they echo our work towards safeguarding the environment.