Natasha van Dyk, a South African artist, grew up next to the famous
Her work highlights her growingly outstanding skill as well as her insightful ability to adopt and subvert the ‘wildlife art’ genre like no other contemporary artist. Her images, inspired by her life in
Her bold compositions and use of colour project the amazing power of life with strength and conviction as well point to life’s inevitable vulnerability. Natasha's background in textile design no doubt contributes to aesthetic of her work, with its layered and compiled colours that together create the stunning and confronting reality of her chosen subjects.
Natasha’s work, unlike others within the genre of ‘wildlife art’, refuses to romanticise or distantly objectify its subjects. This rejection is signalled by her use of extreme close-ups, in which her animals take on character, drama and narrative, as well as her move away from realism and into abstraction.
The creatures have no clear boundaries; they are ever-present on the canvas. The paint from the dark figures creep into the bold red of their surrounds, just as the animals' forms are invaded by the red paint which surrounds them. This distortion conveys movement and impermanence in the disintegration of solidity and form.