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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Tisa Mertz


1961, born in Gauteng

Tisa Mertz is a professional artist working in oils and exploring people in everyday activities, most recently concentrating on women and their relationships with one another and their roles in society.

She has an Education Degree in Guidance Psychology from the University of Stellenbosch.

Tisa is a 47-year-old (2008) mother of three boys aged 19, 17 and 12 years.

As a child Tisa loved sketching starting oil painting classes at the age of 15 in Potchefstroom. Tisa feels her most important art classes were with Ryno Swart.

Mertz says:
"I paint in the style of the Impressionists. Light and colour are the main components in my work, my medium is oil. I like to paint figures involved in everyday activities, or portraying a specific mood or moment. My work is gentle and feminine. I also like painting from life in nature or still lives. Art is truth; for me it conveys simplicity with light and colour. It's about lifestyle and relationships. I am more of an introvert but like people; they fascinate me.

I started to paint professionally in 2005. I took a course with Ryno Swart five years ago, I believe he is one of our countries great artists. I studied at Stellenbosch University from 1979-1983 completing a B A in Guidance Psychology and HED.

I paint because I love it. My inspiration is from life and the appreciation I feel for life from day to day. I enjoy being alive and hope that the positive energy and sunshine are perceived by the spectator. It is the biggest compliment if someone likes my work so much that they are willing to make it part of their life. I live in Strand, I have daily walks on the beach, which I love, and I am surrounded by the most beautiful mountains. It is an inspiration to experience Nature"

Anny Maddock

Anny Maddock


I grew up in Durban in the 50's and as far back as I can remember, I have always loved drawing and painting. After completing a B.Sc Degree at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal, I moved to Cape Town where I obtained a Diploma in Medical Technology and thereafter worked for some years in the Department of Microbiology at Medical School, Cape Town. My husband and I decided to settle in this beautiful city and after many years of nurturing a young family, I have only recently been able to devote more of my time to painting and art education.

I do not have any formal art training, but am fortunate to have been guided and inspired over the years, by wonderful teachers and mentors, whose knowledge and expertise continues to influence and inspire me.

I was taught pastel painting by Lesley Charnock and oil painting by Marcelle Lyons. I also attended oil and watercolour classes with Margie Johnson. I have tried acrylic painting and have also explored the enormous possibilities in the fields of print making and etching. In addition I enjoy taking part in various workshops encompassing different media and subject matter. I also paint with a plein air group, and have attended life drawing sessions and monthly demos by Ryno Swart. All this has helped me embrace many new ideas and develop different approaches to my work.

I am greatly influenced by the Impressionist and Post Impressionist painters, the Scottish Colourists and more recent artists such as Ken Howard, Fred Cuming, John Blockley and Trevor Chamberlain. My preference is to work directly from life in oils and I particularly enjoy exploring the 'Still Life' genre.

I regularly exhibit with the Constantiaberg Art Society and the South African Society of Artists, Original Cape Art and Art Portfolio, these exhibitions usually taking place at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. I have also exhibited with Artists of the South, in Simon's Town. In addition, I have work in art galleries in and around Cape Town. My paintings hang in private homes in SA and abroad.

I was thrilled to be accepted for a residency at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, which I filled in August and September 2010 and concede that it truly was without a doubt, an amazing learning experience, which enriched my life and positively influenced my work. In September 2012 I achieved the honour of becoming a Fellow of the South African Society of Artists, an overwhelming and humbling experience. I continue to enjoy the support and encouragement of family and friends, which has made it possible for me to pursue this wonderful dimension to my life. At present I live in Bergvliet, Cape Town, with my husband and children.

“I started drawing and dreaming before I could walk, but it took me forty years to find my artistic voice."
Anny started drawing people when she was still a toddler and excelled in art throughout her school career. After matriculating in Stellenbosch where she had studied at the PJ Olivier Art Centre, she completed a three year Fine Art course at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
This was followed by a year at the Cape Town School of Fashion Design and for the next few years she worked in fashion and as a textile designer. Her love of fabric is still evident in her work, where figures are sensually draped in soft and textured materials.
After branching off into numerous career and study paths such as journalism, tourism, psychology and literature, her gift for portraiture was a thread that eventually brought her back to her art at the age of forty. This was when Anny and her daughter went to live in a remote mountain village in search of a simpler, quieter life. In this close knit community, surrounded by clear rivers, majestic mountains and the numerous awe-inspiring aspects of unadulterated nature, her deep connection with mother earth developed.
Against this background her reflective nature and awareness of the human spirit was able to find expression in her pastel paintings of women. She captures that moment of stillness and introspection where the person is in harmony with all of creation. The spiritual quality that pervades her work is often subtly symbolized by the use of an empty bowl, a stone vessel holding water, a single candle or simply a cupped hand, suggesting the fullness and emptiness of life.
Anny has gained recognition in South Africa due to her unique talents and her work is sought after by both local and international art lovers and collectors.

Claude Jammet

Claude Jammet

Claude JAMMET was born of French parents in Zimbabwe.

She grew up and was educated in Kenya, India and Japan and moved to South Africa at the age of 19.

She is entirely self-taught as an artist and was a director of the Tait Gallery in South Africa from 1983-1986.


When I was a very young artdealer indeed, a friend who was also a dealer invited me to a vernissage at his gallery. The opening was a young self-taught artist’s first exhibition and her name was Claude Jammet. Although we have often lived on separate continents, our friendship has endured and I have also had the pleasure of exhibiting her works several times myself.

I have watched many artists grow and change with time (or, sadly, not) but few with such interest as Jammet who seems to grow in technique, rigour and intensity with increasing pace and fury. As she now approaches the height of her powers, her vision, always compassionate, is now darker and more sensual. Her portraits were always amongst her finest work and those of children astonishing in their clear-eyed affection which never became sentimental but now there is a transcendence which is new and exciting to behold.

Jammet’s complexity as an artist can, I believe, be traced back to her childhood which was peripatetic to say the least. Born of French parents in Zimbabwe, she lived in Kenya, India and Japan before settling for many years in South Africa. She now lives and works in Italy. The result of this is evident in her work – she is always the foreigner, the visitor observing other people and their lives with a warm but analytical eye and reporting her findings to the viewer.

I have never met anyone who treads more lightly on the world, who consumes less resources and who, although gregarious at times, is essentially solitary and lives a fined down life shorn of inessentials. She does not drive a car and she still writes letters and, what is more, with a pen!

I am writing this brief essay in the Karoo – the harsh, beautiful and ancient dry heart of Southern Africa which is where, I believe, Jammet is most at home – walking for hours in the fierce heat or bitter cold amongst the fossils and succulents with her fragile beauty hiding a steel core of toughness – a paradox which is reflected so often in her work.

- Trent Read, artdealer & friend, South Africa

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‘The grain of colour: that is how Claude Jammet’s images first request our attention. As if this grain existed only between the proposed scene and ourselves, a fatal suspension of one knows not what corpuscles. Minerals? Possibly, as dust of sediment, as if the condensation of particles in levitation was not completed. The painter’s frame which suggests a halt in the temporal flux, with the immobilised attitudes forever frozen, has not erased this hint of an unsettled deposit. The dynamic betrays itself with the illusion of a dry mist. The kind that hovers in barns on very hot spells: the hay produces a trembling in the air, tired beams and floorboards too,. So that the inanimate comes alive.’

- Jacques De Decker - novelist, man of theatre, literary critic & permanent Secretary of the Royal Academy of French Language & Literature in Belgium


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