There’s a fine line…

Michael Mansfield exhibits new work

21 November 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Michael Mansfield; Artist; “I try to make the picture as skillfully as I can by keeping it light and witty.”

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The opening of a solo exhibition by Michael Mansfield titled A Fine Line took place at Die Muschel in Swakopmund on Friday.
Mansfield is no stranger to the local art scene, but is especially well-known in Swakopmund where he lives and works on his art full time.

Over the years Mansfield has taken part in many group exhibitions, but A Fine Line is his sixth solo collection. Three of his six exhibitions have were shown in Windhoek, while the other three could be viewed at Die Muschel in Swakopmund.

A Fine Line consists of drawings in pencil and ink.

Speaking at the opening, co-artist Pierre van der Westhuizen said that the collection’s title has multiple meanings.

“The most obvious is the reference to drawing itself, which is the graphic use of a line to create art. This whole collection is based on mythology, so a continuous line is drawn from the ancient to the classical, which is here and now.

“Another meaning refers the balanced use of positive and negative imagery. This is clearly seen in the work ‘Icarus Fallen’. In the ink drawings it is even more obvious,” Van der Westhuizen said.

According to him, Mansfield often turns to art history for themes and with A Fine Line, all the ideas were taken from mythology.

“Mythology was regularly used as inspiration for artists for hundreds of years. It has such wonderful and quirky stories as well as characters and intrigue that lend themselves to themes for artwork.”

When it comes to the process itself, Mansfield said that he takes a model, chooses a theme from the annals of classical art and then add props.

“I try to make the picture as skillfully as I can by keeping it light and witty. To mix it up a bit, I leave out the model and the props, then I pare the story down to basic shapes and concentrate on composition.”

The exhibition can be viewed until 28 November.

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