BusinessDay, Wanted magazine
There’s an art to making whisky, to serving it well and to enjoying it. Conversely, what would art be without a refined drink to savour the enjoyment? Schweppes, realising the link between art and whisky, sponsored an initiative with LiquidChefs to promote artists in SA, giving them a brief to combine the world of art with the world of drinks.
Artist: Loeritha Saayman
Work: Beyond the Petile Burn
With an architect as a father and an older brother who has ruined all the plastic cups in the household in his daily quest to paint, it was difficult for Loeritha not to be bitten by the creativity bug herself. She was born and grew up in the Mapumulanga area or the flat lands as she calls it and only became part of the city life in her last year of school, when her family moved to Gauteng.
She never thought that she would take her school art any further, until she visited art museums all over the world. This inspired her to enroll for a degree in art at the University of SA. She was working as a flight attendant at the time, and this career gave her the opportunity to experience international art history and contemporary art first hand.
After completing her degree in 1999, she opened the Brooklyn Fine Art Studio in Pretoria, were she teaches drawing and painting for adults. She took part in several art competitions and group exhibitions over the past eight years. She held her first solo exhibition in 2003.
In the following year, she was part of a group of artists who had to produce works around the theme of Celebrating 10 Years of Democracy, for the president’s office. Her works can be seen in various art museums.
Website of South African Artists