Artist Statement

‘Steve Biko’, oil on canvas, 130cm by 100cm
The Studio Art Gallery - Jimi Hendrix by Therese Mullins
‘Jimi Hendrix’, oil on canvas, 130cm by 100cm

IMMORTALS – One way to achieve immortality is to die young. Especially if you’re famous and have touched the hearts of a generation. Just think of Bob Marley and Steve Biko. Or Amy Winehouse and James Dean or other celebrated legends. Their lifeblood still pulses in our collective consciousness. Same with loved ones who die too soon, only the sense of them is that much more precious and poignant to us. One glance at their unrepeatable image, and all the feelings they once imprinted upon us in their living years resurfaces in us, their essence purified by their passing.

In my Immortals exhibition, a panoply of oil-based portraits, I invite you to make contact with the famed who have come and gone, yet have remained with us as the forever young.  

I’ve been powerfully drawn to this idea of art as immortality ever since my 23 year old son died in a car accident. This is why my portrait of Ryan features amongst those who are renowned by all.  

As you look upon their faces, my hope is that not only will your breath be taken away, but that they will momentarily regain theirs.

Opening Event

Wow!, did the wine flow on Saturday 16 February, as we celebrated the opening of Immortals. What a turnout! A special thank you to Allan Mullins for organizing the choice wine and bubbly sponsors and Zani Savage for her ‘five-star’ catering.


All the wine sponsors were overly generous and there was an abundance of excellent wine.
In no particular order:

Iona Wines, Graham Beck Wines, De Villiers Wines, Delaire Graff Wines, Neil Ellis Wines, De Wetshof Wines and Thelma Wines.