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Artist backgrounds

Lisa-Jane Hamlin was born in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal in 1966.

Lisa-Jane attended the University of Natal where she obtained a Social Science degree majoring in Economics, Marketing and Business Administration.
Although she has always had an interest in photography she was lucky enough to be trained and guided by Angela Buckland, a renowned Durban photographer.  Angela's group of amateur students held an exhibition of their works in June 2008.
Lisa-Jane and her family love the outdoors and spend much of their free time in the Zululand bush, the Midlands and at the coast from where she draws inspiration from her environment.  She is passionate about South Africa and feels it is such a privilege to be able to capture aspects of our magnificent country on film.
Hugh Mbayiwa was born in Zimbabwe in 1973.

He completed his A Levels and then went on to gain his National Certificate in Drawing and Painting at the BAT Visual Studio in Harare. 
As a final year student he exhibited at the National Gallery, Zimbabwe. In 1995 he exhibited at the Gallery Delta and the Verandah Gallery and has participated in numerous group exhibitions.
Hugh taught art to O and A level students in Mhondoro near the small town of Chegutu and donated proceeds from the sale of his work to his art class for the necessary materials, and to further the development of rural art.
He has sold work to clients in New York, Canada, South Africa, Germany, UK and Australia. He is represented in Durban at the Elizabeth Gordon Gallery.

“Teaching in rural areas outside Harare, Zimbabwe has given Hugh Mbayiwa the opportunity to capture the many aspects of daily rural living. His bold use of colour and a spontaneous naive style gives a charm to each of his portrayals of rural life. His education and own sophistication enables him to see the delights of the simple aspects of life and it is his candour and humour that come together to make his paintings so unique”- Joy Reynolds – Elizabeth Gordon Gallery
Dawn Rouse is a South African photographer based in Durban. She works in multiple fields, with published photos in local and national publications. Her commercial work spans advertising, events, portraiture and pet shoots. 
Dawn can be found out and about around Durban, camera at the ready, collecting images of well known landmarks, people at work and play, or artifacts for still life studies.
Her new passion is of botanical studies of indigenous plants and flowers and these featured here are signed and printed on archival paper.
Hussein Salim was born in Karima, Sudan in 1966 and graduated at the College of Fine and Applied Arts, Sudan University of Science and Technology, Khartoum in 1994.  He left his home country as a refugee and has since lived in Germany, Cardiff, Wales and Norway, also spending a few months in Egypt before coming to South Africa.  His achievements in those countries gives testimony to his world class status.
In 2007 he obtained an MA in Fine Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, PMB. He currently resides in PMB with his wife and two children.
Hussein’s richly textured canvases employ an extravagant layering technique to create a dense impasto feel.  He uses personal symbolism that is at once ancient as it is contemporary.
Hussein’s paintings are a dialogue between different cultures and represent his strong feelings that art must be used as a tool to help initiate this dialogue. Salim’s Sudanese background, and the fact that Sudan is a melting pot of diverse African cultures, further strengthens his paintings.  Through these works Salim awakens in us an appreciation of our differences and diverse reactions, but then brings us back to the shared foundation of mankind.
His paintings, founded and steeped in a fondness for diversity, thus sympathize with any fight that challenges dimensional predominance, may it be economical, religious or cultural. There is a sense of displacement and a longing to return to his country and this has influenced his art.  As a great deal of art is autobiographical one can see the nostalgia in his paintings.
He is represented in major national collections within Africa, Europe and the USA.



Barbara Siedle, the Durban-born artist of our wild life illustrations, has established herself as one of our foremost watercolour artists, specialising in the field of wildlife.
Barbara’s love of the bush and interest in environmental issues takes her on many journeys throughout Southern Africa to capture subject matter for her work.  These illustrations can be seen in many a game lodge, as they are not only decorative but informative too. Many visitors, having been on a trip to a game reserve, purchase them as a memento of their visit, or a memory of their favourite animal.
Barbara attended the Michaelis School of Art, UCT and then the Munich Academy of Fine Art in Germany where she studied painting and sculpture under Prof. Kirchner.
In 2014, Barbara published a book “Breathe the Dust”, which is a personal journal of her art career and travels into some of the remotest parts of Southern Africa.



Virginia Tayengwa’s love and nostalgia for her home country of Zimbabwe is well depicted in her charming, naïve paintings of rural living.  For lovers of naïve art, these will certainly have appeal.
Apart from their decorative attraction, each painting tells a story that offers a valuable educational tool when displayed in children’s bedrooms and playrooms – even in the classroom! For expats abroad with children, here’s a chance to show them what life in Africa is like.
Virginia attended the St Benedict Mission School and later studied art at Mukute Art Training Centre.  Thereafter she worked under Roy Bennett at the Waterberry Pottery.
She is now living in Durban with her family, and is currently pursuing her passion for art and related crafts.
Virginia is represented in Durban, South Africa by the Elizabeth Gordon Gallery



David Wheildon Oosthuizen paints a wide variety of subjects but his main interests are capturing the wonderful colours and patterns of Nguni cattle, as well as the vibrance and intricacy of birds.
His work is mixed medium on high quality paper, and while the main source of colour is watercolour he also uses oils to blend shades and create highlights. The artwork is sealed with a varnish of his own unique recipe.
David chose to paint under his middle name of Wheildon and like his English ancestor, the potter Thomas Wheildon, he is an artist with a passion for developing his own technique.  
David was born in Durban and educated at Hilton College. After  completing an art degree at the Natal Technikon he began work in the textile industry.
Whilst David paints a great variety of subject matter, his main interest is the Nguni cattle.  In drawing reference from Nguni stud farms in Kwa-Zulu Natal, mainly Aldora Farm, in the Karkloof and Kwalalamvuba Stud in the Underberg area, the artist  captures the wonderful colours and patterns synonymous with the Nguni breed.