• Onstage


    A few words on the new works of Anton Piche, about the volatile space between model and painter, the tension of the studio, and the perpetual performance that i... Read more

    Posted on 20 December 2018 ART & DESIGN, CULTURE
  • Common Ground

    Common Ground

    Ode to the rooftops (c) Samantha Groenestyn (oil on linen) I Pursuing a link between moods and art, Schmetkamp (2017: 1683) claims that ‘moods are the expressiv... Read more

    Posted on 20 July 2018 ART & DESIGN, CULTURE
  • The Texture of Life

    Texture Life

    The paintings of Czech painter Daniel Pitín brim with hazy and interwoven memories: disconnected fragments of things seen, pierced by abstract and timeless... Read more

    Posted on 15 July 2018 ART & DESIGN, CULTURE
  • Liebe Grüße

    Liebe Grüße

    The letter (c) Samantha Groenestyn An oldie but a goodie! Survived the high seas to resurface as a finalist in the Lethbridge 10 000 Small Scale Art Award in... Read more

    Posted on 11 July 2018 ART & DESIGN, CULTURE
  • The Image


    Divided (c) Samantha Groenestyn The painter practices a shadowy art: one of flimsy surfaces imbued with illusory depth, one of treacherous likenesses, one of... Read more

    Posted on 02 June 2018 ART & DESIGN, CULTURE
  • Indifference and the Look

    Indifference Look

    If you like painting, Sartre, ocular globes, jungles, death, decay and all things existential, you should have a look at the paintings of José Luis Carranza... Read more

    Posted on 21 May 2018 ART & DESIGN, CULTURE
  • Organisms of Paint

    Organisms Paint

    State of the Art (c) Ruprecht von Kaufmann ‘It is impossible,’ says Merleau-Ponty (2012 [1945]: 221), to paint about painting.’ He contrasts painting with the... Read more

    Posted on 13 March 2018 ART & DESIGN, CULTURE
  • Le Néant


    ‘Nothingness,’ writes Sartre (1998 [1943]: 21) ominously, ‘lies coiled in the heart of being–like a worm.’ His pessimism is pervasive, but mundane. Read more

    Posted on 18 February 2018 ART & DESIGN, CULTURE
  • Possibilities


    I was very pleased to contribute an article on Ruprecht von Kaufmann to the Chilean magazine Arte al Limite. Few living painters are working in quite the way vo... Read more

    Posted on 20 January 2018 ART & DESIGN, CULTURE
  • Breathe in


    Madonna with the blue diadem – Raphael Several years ago I visited the prints and drawings room at the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh and was... Read more

    Posted on 31 December 2017 ART & DESIGN, CULTURE
  • Knowledge Or Experience

    Knowledge Experience

    Coffee house muses (c) Samantha Groenestyn Malcolm Budd (2012: 205) is not restrained in his admiration for Richard Wollheim’s (1987) influential book Painting... Read more

    Posted on 20 December 2017 ART & DESIGN, CULTURE
  • Blueish Yellow

    Blueish Yellow

    The mirror (c) 2017 Samantha Groenestyn (oil on linen) The connection between colour and geometry demands some attention. Richard Heinrich (2014: 41) argues tha... Read more

    Posted on 03 December 2017 ART & DESIGN, CULTURE
  • Ehrlich


    I’m pleased to announce a little Vernissage with Stephanie Rappl at Der Greißler in Vienna in two weeks! Stephanie and I are showing some colourful small... Read more

    Posted on 05 November 2017 ART & DESIGN, CULTURE
  • Just Trying to Say It Right

    Just Trying Right

    The struggle (c) Samantha Groenestyn (oil on linen) There are few people who can both write about art and produce it. I have been cautioned against attempting... Read more

    Posted on 22 October 2017 ART & DESIGN, CULTURE
  • Down in the Valley

    Down Valley

    Cracked (c) Samantha Groenestyn (oil on linen) Today you can go have a good look at this little painting, which is on show at the Judith Wright Centre of... Read more

    Posted on 05 October 2017 ART & DESIGN, CULTURE
  • Get One

    Let’s talk shop. There are several ways you can get your mitts on some art of your very own. One is to swing by Society6. These guys do an amazing job of... Read more

    Posted on 01 September 2017 ART & DESIGN, CULTURE
  • A Full Spectrum

    Full Spectrum

    Dutch self portrait (c) Samantha Groenestyn (oil on linen) Early Rembrandt: his colours are bold and gleaming, his compositions elaborate and ambitious; the... Read more

    Posted on 22 August 2017 ART & DESIGN, CULTURE
  • The Effect


    The drawing class (c) 2017 Samantha Groenestyn Images seep into language, and in so doing they add colour and liveliness. The metaphor chases after the potency... Read more

    Posted on 13 July 2017 ART & DESIGN, CULTURE
  • J’existe


    Rodin, Gates of hell Confronting Rodin feels like confronting humanity itself. His modelled works, pulsing with the imprints of his fingertips, acceptingly and... Read more

    Posted on 02 July 2017 ART & DESIGN, CULTURE
  • Geometry & Painting

    Geometry Painting

    Adèle (c) Samantha Groenestyn (oil on linen) Importing mathematics into painting has some potentially grand implications. The idea makes me flush with... Read more

    Posted on 23 June 2017 ART & DESIGN, CULTURE