27 December 2013

Tretchikoff is 100!

Yesterday was Vladimir Tretchikoff's centenary. He was born on 26 December (Old Style: 13 December) 1913.

19 December 2013

Green Lady - beautiful body!

© 2013 Emma Hack

If you happen to be in Adelaide, Australia, in February 2014, go and see this amazing work by a local artist, Emma Hack.

She's the one who produced body art featured in Australian singer Gotye's hit video Somebody That I Used to Know.

Hack will showcase her new work - women body-painted in iconic images from the 1950 - at the Adelaide Fringe from 14 February.

Her artistic statement goes like this:

'The beauty behind some of the world's most gorgeous images of woman are filled with intrigue and a deeper sense of how women have been viewed throughout the mid 20th century. Beautiful women captures the sensitivity of Hack's creations, inspired by artists, cultures and filmmakers views of woman from the past.'

© 2013 Emma Hack

01 December 2013

Tretchikoff’s Chinese Girl Unveiled at Delaire Graff Estate

Ms Pon-su-san with the Chinese Girl painting
On Friday 29th November 2013, Vladimir Tretchikoff’s iconic painting Chinese Girl returned home to South Africa, unveiled at Delaire Graff Estate by Tretchikoff’s original model, Monika Pon-su-san.

The piece, which is said to be one of the most reproduced and recognisable paintings in the world was acquired by Chairman of Graff Diamonds, Laurence Graff OBE in March 2013.

Commenting on the painting Mr Graff said: “As a young man, I noticed the image of Tretchikoff’s Chinese Girl continuously displayed in many different locations in print form.

“It was the first piece of art that made an impact on me, and I believe ignited my interest and passion for art. You can imagine my surprise to have learned of the sale of the original painting and of course, my decision to buy it was immediate.”
Vladimir Tretchikoff’s Daughter, Mimi Mercorio and Vladimir Tretchikoff’s Granddaughter, Natasha Swift

The unveiling of Chinese Girl was marked by a special fundraising event in support of Graff Diamonds’ charitable foundation For Africa’s Children Every Time (FACET), which aims to support the education, health and well-being of the people of sub-Saharan Africa.

Guests were treated to insights from leading Tretchikoff experts; Andrew Lamprecht (Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town), Boris Gorelik (Writer, Historian and Tretchikoff Biographer) and Stephan Welz (Managing Director at Strauss & Co) followed by a delicious four course menu accompanied by Delaire Graff wine pairings and a charity auction.

All proceeds raised at the unveiling will be used to support FACET’s three charitable initiatives in Lesotho, Botswana and the winelands of Stellenbosch.

Tretchikoff's Madonna

This is Madonna of the East, painted in Jakarta during World War 2.

It's the first painting Tretchikoff sold after he moved to South Africa in 1946.

The picture belongs to the Rupert family, owners of the Rembrandt Group (Cartier, Alfred Dunhill, Piaget, Baume & Mercier, Vacheron Constantin and Montblanc). But you won't find it at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch. There's no way they'd have a Tretchikoff on display there!