Astrid is visual artist living and working in Cape Town, specialising mainly in portraiture and depicting individual figures in urban landscapes. Her paintings often explore how women occupy and interact with ‘private’ and ‘public’ spaces, as well as themes related to voyeurism and privacy, anonymity and exposure.
She holds a special regard for sex workers and is currently in the process of creating a series of portraits for an upcoming series called Yellow Lines and Red Umbrellas.
Astrid has had two exhibitions. The most notable of these was at the Lovell Gallery in 2012, having won the opportunity to show a painting series, Domestic Ambiguity.
An unsubtle depiction of oppression makes a rare appearance in Astrid’s work. Instead, she looks to show her relationship with ‘seeing’ other people (especially women). Her paintings are an attempt to show what it means to be ‘seen’ and what it means ‘unseen’ or unnoticed.
Astrid will consult directly on commission, meaning you have free reign over subject matter and style of your chosen piece. A commissioned piece of art created to your specifications is the ultimate, personalised gift.
Paintings commissioned will be of a high standard. Astrid’s exhibited work has sold in commercial galleries, so you may expect any commissioned painting to appreciate in value.