Visual art a feast for the eyes at the Hilton Arts Festival

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A work by Ed Schroeder

The last few years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of artists and the quality of the work on exhibition at the Hilton Arts Festival.

This year there is a featured exhibition “Kuzempondozankomo … It is the time of the horns of the cattle” by Ed Schroeder and Brent Dodd.

“The phrase indicates the appearance of the first light of dawn, and suggests the silhouette of the heads and horns of the cattle gathered in the byre just visible against the coming light,” says Marguerite Poland, author of The Abundant Herds.

Much has been written about the striking colour patterns of the Nguni cattle, but the different conformations of horn have received considerably less attention. Whilst there are well over a hundred different identified colour patterns, there are at least fifty-six different conformations of horn which have been identified.

Brent, an internationally acclaimed artist, and Ed, a well-known Nguni photographer, have combined their respective talents to create this extraordinary exhibition.

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A work by Brent Dodd.

Brent’s beautifully caught moments in time from the world’s rich environments offer a vision of true connection to the subject. He paints in rich colours and a highly naturalistic, detailed style that evokes the exuberance of both the Impressionists and colour photography pioneers such as Stephen Shore.

His subject matter is a unique reflection of his one experience and affection for the world he knows, as he portrays humans, landscapes and wildlife with equal precision and empathy.

No fewer than 80 artists will be exhibiting at the festival, which takes place at Hilton College from September 16 to September 18.

The Artists’ Gallery, Ramsgate, relocates for the weekend to the History Room. Don’t miss the work of this fine collective. Allen Kupeta curates an exhibition of up and coming artists in Campbell. It is worth dropping in to watch them at work.

There are also exhibitions in the Centenary Centre, Raymond Slater Library, the Art Block and in the Perspective Tents.

For details of all artists and exhibitions see http://www.hiltonfestival.co.za

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