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Seven Deadly Sins by Willie Schlechter

Cape Palette View from front

Willie Schlechter is one of the artists we have the pleasure of showcasing for the Vicennial Exhibition.

A word from the artist:

This series of seven paintings is inspired by Bosch's Seven Deadly Sins.

Although my interpretation of The Seven Deadly Sins differs somewhat from Bosch's, I did rely on many of his imagery and symbolism, such as the glass globe, which features in each work. Some of the figures are also replicas from Bosch's work, though not specifically from The Seven Deadly Sins, and placed within different contexts. 

Much of the work is driven by religious and folkloric references and in some cases more personal. Fruit or the use of red bead-like berries occur throughout the works and convey multiple meanings relating to the specific sin, such as Lust (used as forbidden fruit) and Greed (fruit as a symbol of wealth and self-obsessiveness). The use of symbolism allows for a very surreal quality within the work, which echoes many of Bosch's paintings.

Placing each scene within its own glass sphere further emphasizes the fantasy aspect, some completely contained, others revealing cracks or holes, referring to the decay of a once perfect or seamless universe. 

Featured Pieces at our exhbition

Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Greed - R3 750 each and are framed in a round frame

To view them click here

Our Vicennial Exhibition is still running at both @101meade as well as our gallery so there is still time to secure your favourite piece or just to admire the amazing talent this South African artist has.

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