My youngest client:
Kabous de Wet
I’m so impressed with one of my youngest clients.
At the age of 16 he already owns a collection of art that will make any collector jealous!! Me anyway, there are a few art pieces in his collection that I wish was part of my collection. I must say that I feel honored to have a few of my artworks as part of that collection.
Not only is this winsome young man an avid collector of art, but he is also a very promising artist!
I asked Kabous a few questions:
Mariaan: “Since what age did you start collecting art?”
Kabous: “The first time I began to collect art for myself, was in 2016, at age 12. Most March vacations me and my sister got “spending money”. The KKNK of 2016, was the first time I saw Sandra Pelser Art. I remember this feeling of shock, and amazement, running through my head. I used all my money on about 5 prints. It was at Decorex, later in 2016, when I first met the amazing artist herself.”
Mariaan: “A lot of children grow up in homes of art collectors but kids rarely collect art, how did you start?”
Kabous: “Since I was little; colorful, interesting objects and images stole my attention. Art must have been the unconscious foundation of my creativity, it gave me a way to notice detail, the small things easily missed without careful eyes… Growing up in this utopia, of love and spectrums; it gave me different ways to look at the detail. And to appreciate, what others see as “odd” or different!”
Mariaan: “You like to connect with artists, how you go about reaching out to them?”
Kabous: “When we want to get more information about an artwork, we prefer to contact the gallery of this specific artist or their Facebook page. I usually don’t want to intrude, by contacting the artist personally. Privacy and someone’s own space is something to be left alone. A person’s eyes are also so sacred to me. This is the place of your life story, also where your demons hide…”
Looking at the large collection of Charmaine Haines artworks, she is definitely a favorite.
Mariaan: “I know your mom is very supportive, I find that sometimes dads don’t want their kids, especially their sons to do art, does your dad understand your passion for art and support you?”
Kabous: “Surely, most, fathers would love the perfect sporty son; but in my father’s case that wasn’t part of his “lucky packet”. For a “stoere boer” the art world must have been a shocker. He has his own way to show his support, and we know he stands proud! You don’t have to change the things you look at…. You’ll have to change the way you look at things.”
Kabous: “In these past few years; someone like Ilze du Preez, of Showroom Gallery really means so much to me! She opened the first door for me, for buying my first “collectors-artwork”. I am grateful for, and respect her so much! The artist Chris Spies ; also plays a phenomenal roll by giving advice. He gave me some of his own “kuns-bybels”, that meant the world to him and which he also used for studying. These artists, and others like Hannetjie de Clercq, Hanlie and Mariaan Kotze, Charmaine and Martin Haines, Hennie Niemann Snr, Therese Rink, Christoff Kruger, and my loving mother; are all true at heart, and for each of them and even more, I am so thankful that the Lord has brought them into my life…”
It’s hard to identify if a young artist will become a national success. And not all can afford the best of the best! ‘Lay-buy’ is the best option that works for me, and the only way to buy good art; it just makes you appreciate the work more if you wait… To buy artworks of a well-known, still producing artist that is best for your pocket, is not a bad idea! Later on, the artist’s work will only gain more in value.
I think we should just get Kabous to at least start an artist page on Facebook and Instagram and start marketing his art.
This young artists art blows my mind and I am the proud owner of one of his linocuts and of a T-shirt with one of his artworks featuring on it. This young artist has more talent than he realizes, much more than some artists that are full time in the art game, don’t you think?!
Please contact Kabous for more information about any of his artworks, my gut feeling tells me that this is someone we need to “follow” and that this young guy will turn out to be an amazing artist if he keeps on pursuing his art.
These expressionistic work of Kabous are packed with symbolism and emotion.
Mariaan: “Will you please share a few of your own artworks, what triggered you to start creating art?
Kabous: “In 2016 after visiting Nieu-Bethesda, I found my muse… And ever since my style never was the same. At first, I never wanted to get near oil, and now it’s all paint I prefer. I also love Linocuts..! My thoughts and inspiration come and go, like tamed birds in an open cage.”
Lino-Cut: “Dans en droom rym?” The emotion in these works is unreal!
An intense, vibrant, expressionistic, art piece by Kabous.
Thank you Kabous for the inspiration, I, as a “worn” artist, can get from an enthusiastic young artist like you.
I am watching you and I FEEL that you will make your mark in this world, even if it is not with your art.