About The Artist
(1945 - 2009)
Marcella de Boom (1945-2009) was a South African artist who preferred media was acrylic and watercolour. She grew up in Pretoria and graduated with a BA Fine Arts from the University of Pretoria. Her works have been exhibited in countless solo and group exhibitions in South Africa, Namibia, Germany and Canada. She spent her time in Cullinan, where she lived in a cobhouse-cum-art gallery that she herself had built and that took a year to finish.
"I look upon my watercolours as poems – smaller work (landscapes or nudes) done quickly on the spot. The acrylics are like novels – bigger, worked on for a longer period of time, layered. Here I usually explore a poetic or mythological theme." She often listened to Bach every morning "to purify the soul".
In her work, she tries to tie the mythological-poetic with reality. The narrative of a painting is as important to her as the visual. She sees every painting as a search for the truth as well as a creation of beauty.
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