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Dawn Near Swellendam

Dawn Near Swellendam

John Botham

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The painting captures Swellendam's enchanting allure, presenting a sprawling vista adorned with rolling hills, quaint farmhouses, and lush vineyards basking in the gentle embrace of the morning sun. Executed with a masterful blend of realism and impressionism, it transports viewers to a realm where every brushstroke evokes a palpable sense of tranquility and wonder.

Swellendam's renowned reputation for whale-watching and its rich architectural tapestry serve as the backdrop for this artistic masterpiece. Majestic mountain ranges frame the horizon, while the vibrant hues of fynbos flora dance amidst fields of golden wheat and canola. Charming coastal towns dot the landscape, adding to the region's idyllic charm and inviting exploration.

In his quest to convey a profound sense of inner harmony and communion with nature, the artist imbues his work with a luminous quality that transcends mere representation. Through a kaleidoscope of colors and textures, he weaves a poetic narrative that speaks to the soul, inviting viewers to embrace a world suffused with serenity and grace.

Drawing inspiration from a diverse array of artistic influences, including the evocative graphic style of Cecil Skotness, the vibrant palettes of the Fauve painters, and the timeless enchantment of Peter Bruegel's landscapes, the artist forges a unique aesthetic that is both deeply personal and universally resonant. With each brushstroke, he channels the mystical essence of light and color, offering glimpses into a realm where beauty and tranquility reign supreme.

Ultimately, his art serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration, reminding us of the enduring power of creativity to illuminate even the darkest corners of our world. In a time when the pace of life seems ever-accelerating, his work stands as a testament to the timeless beauty of the natural world and the eternal quest for inner peace.

About Artist

John Botham was born in 1963 in Grahamstown, where he grew up and matriculated. He studied art at Rhodes University, following his passion for art.

After completing a Fine Art Honors degree, John taught art for sixteen years in South Africa and England before embarking on a career as a full-time artist.

Inspired by the South African countryside's dramatic colours and abstract landscape shapes, he dedicates his days to transforming these images into oils on canvas. "I strive to express in my work a joyous sense of being at ease with my own life, living in peace and harmony with nature. I try to create a new poetic reality through tapestry-like landscapes of light."

"I am fascinated by the power of colour, and I endeavour in my paintings to search for the mystical longing of light that dwells in all life. I hope to express an inner tranquillity, in contrast to the fast-moving, busy pace of life as it is today."

He paints the beauty of the landscape, creation, and magical moments, such as the break of day. His art does not represent the reality we live in South Africa. Instead, it represents a vision of a world of happiness and peace.

His most important inspirations and influences are the linear graphic works of South African painter and printmaker Cecil Skotness, the pure colour of the Fauve painters, the magical world of Peter Bruegel and the harsh light of the German Expressionists.

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This safe and cost-effective packaging is our preferred packaging option. We'll remove the canvas from the stretcher frame and roll it up into this sturdy and protective cardboard tube for shipping. Upon delivery, simply have the canvas re-stretched at your local framer.FLAT-PACKED / BOXED
We package the artwork on its stretcher frame or in a frame. The artwork is securely bubble-wrapped and packed into a sealed cardboard box. This option offers good protection of your artwork while in-transit, without the additional cost associated with custom-crating.


We build a custom-crate specifically to provide the best protection for your artwork. However, it's also the most costly option. We recommend custom-crates for the transportation of fragile artworks such as sculptures, ceramics and very large painting

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  • Established in 1987

    Established in 1987

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