Tribute to art legend
27 May 2021 | Art and Entertainment
Martina von Wenzel; Fine Art Gallery; “…she turned out to be one of the best-known Namibian artists…” Swakopmund
According to gallery owner Martina von Wenzel, some the late artists’ works are currently on displayed to honour her.
“She was one of the best-known Namibian artists, contributing enormously to the public’s appreciation and understanding of the natural history of Namibia through her art and illustrations.”
She added that Marais’ work portrays many of the unique characteristics of the Namibian landscape.
“She painted creatures and plants that inhabit landscapes as well as aspects of Namibia’s pre-historical legacy. Her carefully painted, evocative artwork depicts the fauna and flora as well as the geomorphology and fossil history of this fascinating country and continues to educate and delight Namibians.”
The Bloemfontein-born artist was also a prolific author and in 1979 published a book of illustrations of historical architecture at the coast, “Swakopmund, Our Heritage”, that is still famous in the local community.
The book depicts the town’s colonial architecture and formed part of a trilogy of works that also included Windhoek and Lüderitz.
“I just sit and paint in Swakopmund. I paint for myself, to renew my soul…” Marais, was quoted as saying.
With her artist daughter, Anna Louise as co-author, Christine produced “Etosha Experience” in 1995.
She was awarded a medal by the Namibian Children's Book Forum in 1996 and she also received the “Namibisch-Deutsche Stiftung” prize for her illustrations.
Marais’ works at the gallery are drawn from personal collections belonging to her family and friends, and are representative of many years of the artist’s prolific career.
Marais lived in Namibia from when she was 35 until her death at the age of 77 in 2012.