By Donna McKellar, oil on canvas, 45cm by 200cm, (2015).
Wuppertal is a small town in the Cederberg mountains in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Wuppertal was founded in 1830 by two German preachers of the Rhenish Missionary Society, Theobald von Wurmb and Johann Gottlieb Leipoldt, grandfather of C. Louis Leipoldt. In 1965, after the Rhenish Mission had slowly scaled down their actions in Southern Africa over a period of 40 years, a choice was made that Wupperthal in future should become part of the Moravian Church. As a result, by that stage it had made the change from a mission to an self-ruling church in South Africa. The town remains a Moravian mission station to this day.
The village remains remote, and is reached by a gravel road from Clanwilliam over the Pakhuis Pass. Public facilities also include a shop, a tea room, a post office, a school with two hostels and a public hall. Most folks in the area are reliant on small-scale farming or livestock for their living. The most central cash crop is rooibos tea and the hilly areas nearby the village provide grazing for goats.
In its heyday the shoe workshop, founded by Johann Leipoldt himself, provided work for many skilled craftsmen. The Wupperthal handsewn veldskoen (old-style soft suede shoes) were for nearly a century famous across South Africa for their comfort and good craftsmanship. A tannery and a glove factory were also in process for many years. The shoe workshop is still going today, but runs on a much smaller scale.
In September the barren mountain slopes become covered in flowers for a few weeks.
Donna is a South African fine artist living and painting in Cape Town. She is well known for her large scale South African landscapes.
She often paints enigmatic and peaceful paintings of the Karoo landscape and its remote buildings. Both of which include large amounts of fine detail and are very moving in nature. In addition, Donna’s works are centered on the idea of urban decay. The loss of beauty and strength, all relate to themes of the common man’s day to day life. Donna is also stirred by various aspects of her own life and insights as a painter. Therefore, she combines light and shadow, building and landscape, which are, first of all, recalled from her memory or feelings. A large range of Donna’s artworks can be viewed at The Studio Art Gallery, which is found at Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie, Cape Town.
Many of Donna’s artworks are offered as fine art digital prints, which have been skilfully photographed and printed on large format inkjet printers. These prints are limited edition and numbered bottom left and signed bottom right. They are printed on the highest quality Van Gogh cotton canvas. The printing process has employed fade resistant, HP Vivera archival inks, which boast a 100+ year fade-proof promise.
These artist prints are offered in varying sizes. Also the prints on canvas can be provided stretched over a wooden frame or rolled in a core for easy shipping. Lastly, each canvas print is treated with a high quality scratch resistant matt art sealant.