Karin Mathebula is a senior Absa executive and a talented amateur artist. She has lived and worked in many different places and her experience of varied challenges inspires her artwork. Raised in Underberg, tucked beneath the Drakensberg mountains, Mathebula has drawn the landscape in as a part of herself. It pours out onto the canvas, bold colour exploration displayed expertly in oil and acrylic still life compositions.
Absa Art Hotspot aims to deliver engaging and enriching experiences for artists, collectors and consumers. They have created a virtual gallery with various opportunities available, such as revisiting previously hosted events or masterclasses. Mathebula’s exhibition is currently the jewel of the platform and runs until the 25th of August.
The paintings take you on a journey from the simple indoor life out into the blossoming garden. You travel down empty dirt roads and through the Karoo to come upon the most striking beaches. Her use of texture and shapes captivate you, drawing you into the story told in stylistic realism.
“Even in the most barren landscape lies beauty. If you look closely, you will always find colour and texture, and that is the beauty of life.”
Mathebula shared, during an Absa Art Hotspot virtual dialogue, that painting is her escape – she always dreamed of being recognised as an artist. As you explore her rich canvases, viewed from varying perspectives, it is easy to see that the recognition is well deserved.