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Turning art into a livelihood

The Collective Thoughts Volume 1 art exhibition recently opened at the Woermannhaus Art Gallery in Swakopmund.

The exhibition which is being held in collaboration between the Swakopmund Arts Association and START Art Gallery features paintings and prints by locals Frans Uunona and Petrus Amuthenu.

According to Amuthenu, there is hope for young aspiring artists to make a living out of art.

“I believe that art is sustainable. You have to have courage, discipline and patience.”

“I notice many artists give so easily but I want to tell them that it is possible by applying more effort, studying more techniques and talking to artists who have been in the industry for long.”

“Save up money and invest into buying art material then you will go far,” said Amuthenu, who has been doing visual art for over ten years.

His colleague, Frans Uunona, says that he has aspirations of selling his artworks overseas.

 “I do see myself selling work abroad because recently we had an invitation to exhibit some of our work in Paris, but unfortunately our Visas were delayed. We still have people who buy our artworks and take it with them overseas.”

“There are possibilities that are forthcoming and we plan to push ourselves to that level,” Uushona says.

The virtuosos share an art gallery in Windhoek. It is the first time that the duo has shared an exhibition in Swakopmund since the turbulence of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The title of this long awaited exhibition was inspired by the synergy created through sharing a studio space and subsequently one’s creative thoughts with another person over a long period of time.

Both artists are inspired by urban living and popular culture. This is clear in the graphic elements of their work and their chosen motifs.

However, both artists are constantly experimenting and pushing their technique in new directions.

This is evident as it has resulted in a diverse exhibition which includes drawings, paintings on paper and canvas as well as linocut and cardboard prints.

The Collective Thoughts Volume 1 exhibition concludes on 31 July.

ARTISTIC MINDS… Urte Remmert of the Swakopmund Arts Association is flanked by artists Petrus Amuthenu (left) and Frans Uunona (right).  Photo Adolf Kaure

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