Adrienne Silva – Artist

I work in my studio at home in Kalk Bay with the ocean on the other side of the road.  It is a very old cottage that was once the holiday home of John Molteno, the first prime minster of the Cape Colony.  See article on Molteno House


(Editor’s Note:  When taking photos of the artist and her husband’s heritage home I was invited to see the inside.  It is being very beautifully maintained by two very talented people.)


I’ve  been painting for about 15 years. I did honours in political philosophy at Stellenbosch University and then worked in the publishing. I did a year’s master class in painting and drawing in Stellenbosch with Vivian van der Merwe and was then guided by Elizabeth Gunter. My mentor and teacher, Louise Mocke, warned me that paintings are “often finished long before you know it”. In other words, don’t overwork  a painting.


My paintings, called Travel Light, together with other artists were exhibited on the Re-m-ember 6 900 Hectares exhibition at the Artvark Gallery, which was about the devastating Cape fires. As we have a thatch cottage just below where the mountain burnt it was very close to home.

Travel Light


When I started out I painted portraits and landscapes and interiors as well as still  lifes. During the last few years my work could be described as abstract expressionism with an impressionistic application.


My painting, The Pattern is Evident, was chosen as a finalist in the Saatchi Art’s Bright Lights, Big City Showdown. It came 10th out of about 3 000 entries.  I was fortunate to work on an exhibition of Cecil Skotnes and Edoardo Villa in Stellenbosch.


I’ve  exhibited three times in Lisbon but  I enjoy working on commission. I have ongoing work for a collector in Düsseldorf and a series for a local poet to illustrate three of his works.

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