Echo Article - 25 April 2013

Deziree's Artistic Journey


Vereeniging-born young Fish Hoek artist Deziree Smith, 30, has made waves around the world and her work is in private collections in England, Holland, Spain, France, Germany, the Bahamas and America. Many of her striking paintings of African women are to be found in luxury hotels in Hermanus, Franschhoek and the Kruger National Park. In her earlier years, she gained a scholarship at Cape College, where she graduated, and has worked for the famous interior decorator Ralph Krall.

Preoccupied with the "Dark Continent" and "inspired by the luminous beauty of the African woman", she said she has created works which evoke a semi-realism, vivid colours and truly distinctive style. Deziree is an ardent conservationist. She told the Echo that her works were "a collection inspired by humanity's influence on our natural world". "The unguarded devastation, the futile efforts of the concerned, the truth hiding in the moonless night. Will those at risk, like the mythical phoenix, rise from destruction, survive another generation? In this series I walked away from the commercial standards. I portrayed every personal thought and feeling with colour and line. With the ambition to establish myself I introduce "From The Ashes."

In her works Deziree fights with passion to raise awareness for the rhinos' plight and that of other endangered animals. "From The Ashes mirrors the mood of this endless battle between civilization and the natural world. Bright and crisp colours clashing with more subtle shades illustrate celestial maps, whimsical animals, tribal myths and ancient aircraft, worlds apart, yet ever entwined. The dominant presence of the mortal element represent humanity, custodian of the world" said her publicist, Ann Jeppe.

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