Anton Benzon exhibits at the Crouse Art Gallery KZN
Benzon has been honoured by having the Morningside gallery named after him. A huge body of his work has been on show since the gallery opened and had his first solo exhibition in this space last year. His second KZN solo exhibiton opens to the public on Saturday morning, 8 March.
The work of Anton Benzon is denoted by distinctive emotive landscapes. Anton's work captures various landscapes, and studies of trees in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal (in particular). In his collection are paintings of the Drakensberg, Midlands, Umzimkulu, Bulwer, Nottingham Rd, Magaliesburg and Eshowe. He unusually has also been working with brooding dangerous sea scapes and some studies of children playing with hoops.
Anton works on canvas in oils using a palette knife. His work boasts an extraordinary sense of light and surprising palette of colours in impressionist-inspired textured paintings. He is interested in the visual relationship and spatial dialogue between the sky above and trees and flora below. The skies in Anton's work are particularly detailed and moody – sometimes bold and brash, other times tentative and delicate.
Anton Benzon was born in Johannesburg in 1944 and is the son of acclaimed South African landscape artist, the late Johan Oldert. He worked as a lithographic printer in Zimbabwe in the early part of his career and also lived for a while in Canada.
He is based in Ramsgate on the lower South Coast and works from his quaint sea-facing studio in a converted holiday cottage right on the beach. He works together with his partner, fellow landscape artist Diane Erasmus whose exquisite landscapes are also exhibited in the gallery. She also had a solo exhibition at the Crouse KZN last year.
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