On Saturday 1 December Georg restaurant in Aberdeen celebrated a double event.
The first, in the afternoon, was the opening of the exhibition (Water-) Colours Of The Karoo by Curt Marthezé with 14 exquisite new water colour paintings, beautifully presented in stylish framing by the artist himself.
Curt has drawn pictures and made paintings from an early age, and counts himself as a traditional artist. He still has his first few efforts! He grew up in Windhoek, in the days when it was a small town, and moved to Aberdeen about four years ago. His work was first hung in a public gallery in Graaff-Reinet at the Sense of Place group exhibit in 2016, and later at the same venue as part of an exhibit entitled Colour.
He has had formal training in the past from other artists, and now makes the most of the immeasurable professional and current learning environments online. He is inspired by the small town of Aberdeen and the surrounding area, with the ever-changing subject matter, and loves nothing more than to set up his easel and work in the dusty veld near the mountains.
Curt’s works are enjoying increasing recognition for their vibrant luminous colours and capture of the essence of the unique landscapes and people of the Karoo.
He lives and paints in Aberdeen, painting mostly in plein air. His style is a classic realism with fine detail and a sure sense of colour that catches the essence of the Karoo ingeniously.
Thereafter Georg celebrated its one year anniversary exactly to the day with a party and live music provided by Ross MacLennan and Georg Ritschl, the owner of the restaurant.
The waiters and kitchen staff excelled themselves throughout the events, keeping the food and drinks flowing.
It turned into a jolly celebration that went on late into the night.