We spoke to a very talented upcoming Artist Johnny Van Zyl who is a painter for several years and his new style of work is making waves with exhibitions and listings around Cape Town. Let's check what he has to say to us:
Q: What has been your top 3 learning as an Artist in Cape Town?
A: I’ve learned that: My personal style isn’t everyone’s taste. If I want to sell my art, I often have to be commercial rather than unique. Always get a deposit up front, before starting a commissioned art piece (learned that the hard way). It’s challenging to make a living from being a full-time artist.
Q: When is your next big Showcase? What would you like to tell your fans for visiting?
A: My art has been on display at Cape Town Art Gallery nestled in Nomad Bistro and Bar since mid-May. We had a successful exhibition on 7th June (First Thursdays) and the upcoming one in on 28th June. I’m building up my portfolio for an exhibition later this year! My fans know that I constantly reinventing myself. So come and see for yourselves.
Q: What are your 3 best experiences in Cape Town as a city?
A: Cape Town is an artist’s paradise- from the scenic routes, to the creative activities and the vast personalities that inspire me. The culture and diversity of people is different to anywhere else in the world. Unlike most other cities in South Africa , you can have a multitude of experiences within a 45-minute drive from the city centre.
Q: If you had to tell a tourist to go for one activity on his last day in Cape Town, which one would it be?
A: Come to my art exhibition. Haha! No seriously. Come to Nomad for delicious bottomless ribs and chicken wings, some Local Comedy & Live Music.
Q: What's the greatest fear you've had to overcome to get where you are today?
A: That no one would like my art enough to buy it.
Q: What's the one thing you'd like to achieve in 2018?
A: To be a full-time artist. I’m working towards that, even if it materializes in 2019.
Q: How does Art inspire you?
A: It’s an escape from the harsh reality and daily challenges that life throws at me