Thursday 28 January was a busy day for SASA members, with the hanging of the Merit Exhibition in the morning and our members’ meeting – once again by “Zoom” – in the evening.
Well-known South African artist David Bucklow was our guest for the evening, chatting to council member Adrian Larkin, about his work and “life in art”.
Born in Johannesburg, David did most of his growing up in KZN and moved to Cape Town in 1987. Though always an artist at heart, David has had no formal training, but refined his skills through practice, dedication and determination, often painting late at night, while working in other fields during the day to earn his living.
The sea has always been a big part of David’s life and features largely in his work – he painted his favourite lighthouse from many different angles – but he also loves animals and his wildlife paintings became a big “income generator” amongst locals and tourists alike.
David’s advice to anyone hoping to make a living by selling their art, is to paint what sells, yet still remain true to yourself, painting what makes you happy in between.
During the first days of hard lock-down, when galleries couldn’t open, David did a series of small paintings of favourite views around the Cape Peninsula, from Muizenberg to Cape Point and Chapman’s Peak. Working quickly, in acrylics, he did a painting a day, selling them to locals at very reduced rates and it’s this entrepreneurial spirit that got him through the lock-down.
As one of the thirty-two participants put it, David was “refreshingly normal and humble” and an inspiration to us all. Thanks David, for taking the time to talk to our members and share a little of your journey with us.