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Mandy Lake is an emerging artist, working primarily in oils.

Mandy is a keen observer of the world and refers to Rudolf Steiner to stress the importance of looking past the anxieties of our modern lives in order to reconnect with the wonders of the natural world.

“We must find time to observe things…as though with our thinking we were in the things themselves. We must dive down into things, into their inner thought-activity. If we do so, we shall gradually perceive how we are entering the very life of things. We no longer have the feeling that the things are outside, and we are here in our shell, thinking of them; but we begin to feel how our thought is living and moving in the things themselves. To a man who has attained this high degree, a new world opens up.” – Rudolf Steiner

Mandy Lake was born in Surrey, UK in 1968 and grew up in Johannesburg where her love for painting developed under the tutelage of Andre Naude and Simon Stone. Mandy earned a degree in history and art history at the University of Cape Town, and studied sculpture and illustration at the Foundation School of Art in Cape Town.

Mandy has a long professional career in design, illustration and publishing, and spent some years exploring sculptural ceramics. In 2009, she returned to painting and joined Spencer Street Studios in Salt River under Julia Teale.

On our southern African coast we are surrounded by and intimately connected to the sea. Mandy’s love for the ocean became a passion to paint it, to explore and seek to capture the wondrousness of its ever-changing moods, the ceaseless movement, the power, the light, the tranquillity.

Her journey has been cross-dimensional. One is the impressionism, the moods and palettes of our ocean where a single moment can turn from powerful, dark and threatening to sparkling and bubbling in an instant, with an infinity of shades in between. Here Mandy is influenced by Claude Monet, his view of the natural world and the ever changing effects of light, his capturing of its momentary and transient effects.

The other is perspective. Mandy’s works are not seascapes. They are paintings of the sea itself. Here, Mandy draws inspiration from American contemporary artist, Ran Ortner. Ortner’s large-scale paintings of surging oceans have no horizon, land or sky. Their focus is on the ocean alone, the moodiness, the submerged power and ultimately, evoking the visceral attraction that we as human beings have for the body of water that birthed us.

Immersion is the product of this journey and Mandy’s first solo exhibition.

“I want viewers of my paintings to feel, even just briefly, a thrill, a resonance, a primeval pull that, yes, I want to be there, it feels good. I think we do all have that deep affinity and longing.”

Mandy Lake works primarily in oil on canvas. She often uses a limited colour palette, plotting the base composition with transparent glazes, then building up the forms and features with opaques. Transparent whites and glazes are overlaid to capture the translucence of the water, and the luminosity and interplay of light on the water surface.

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Title: Clarity
Size: 40 x 40 cm x 2
Media: Oil on canvas
Price: R 10 500 unframed

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