Jeremy was thoroughly entertaining and such a natural speaker who had the audience hanging on his every word. His fantastic sense of humour, so prevalent in so many of his art pieces shone through in his talk as well. The jokes flowed comfortably, and he weaved interesting facts and jargon into his speech like the pro he clearly is.
As a new member to CAS, he mentioned how familiar and welcomed he felt amongst all the artists and how great it was to be surrounded by familiar faces.
Jeremy told us about his early years as a youngster drawing up hundreds of labels for a clothing company. He worked in the Cape Times advertising department, and even broke free to start his own successful advertising company in 1975. He dabbled in furniture design, scale models and even sculpting for a while.
His love for painting emerged again after almost two decades of dormancy due to family and business commitments, and plunging in, he opened his first solo exhibition called Tranquillity in the early 90’s. He encouraged his fellow artists to take this vital step, saying it’s vital for exposure. Scary yes, but vital.
About 10 years ago he became a full-time artist. He joined local art societies, and through these avenues, met artists that inspired his greatly. He spent time studying at Ruth Prowse under Erik Laubscher, which he sees as a cornerstone period in his artistic journey. Jeremy celebrates constructive criticism amongst artists, saying feedback he received in the past has been was firm, and non-offensive, which made him grow stronger as an artist.
Jeremy recommended the 90minute work – break – 90minute work style of painting, saying it has been proven to be more productive than trying to sit and paint for hours on end. He suggests leaving a cliff-hanger to come back to so that you are excited to get back to work again. His goal every day is to have 6 hours of productive working time. He explained the difference between hyper-realism and photo-realism and why he identifies his work as ‘’Localism” i.e. local content with realism. He showed us that he still enjoys artistic freedoms in his creations and how to use a variety of tools to perfect our methods. Especially noteworthy is how handy Photoshop is in the planning phases of a painting!
|Jeremy showed us how he uses photoshop.|
|The finished work.|
Jeremy showed us a variety of his art pieces and walked us through the thinking and creation processes of each one.
|Die Missies met die Spanspek|
He talked about his signature water lily in his paintings and how he manipulates dimensions to fit in with the mood of the painting, whether it be poking fun at the South Africanisms we deal with every day (e.g. his painting titled Martyr’s Horse); or his keen observations about every life (e.g. his painting titled Die Miesies met die Spanspek) or when he uses his artistic voice to showcase the state of the nation (e.g. his painting titled Reclamation). You can find out more about Jeremy, as well as see his fantastic art works, via his website: http://www.artistjeremyday.com/
Words by Lizzie Kruger