Christel Read
ARTIST
Painting is a wonderful way to celebrate the beauty that surrounds us.

I live in Cape Town, not far from the famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. From my house I have a wonderful view of Table Mountain with its ever changing light and clouds and especially after the winter rains, spectacular waterfalls.

As a painter it never fails to amaze me how a three dimensional world can be translated into two dimensions when colours, lines and shapes are transformed into landscapes, objects and people and, most importantly, moods and emotions.
  • I have been painting since 1998 and my favourite choice of medium is oil because it is very versatile, it gives such a great range of colour, texture, opacity and transparency.

  • My subjects are varied, I love figures, still life, flowers and sea- and landscapes. Living in Cape Town offers many beautiful settings for plein air painting throughout the year. The beaches are always a source of inspiration, autumn is a lovely season to capture the changing colours of the vineyards or the dramatic mist over the sea and mountains.

Christel Read

I was born in Germany where I grew up and attended university. I got married in South Africa in 1979 and when I moved to Cape Town, I was able to devote more time to my interest in photography and art.

I studied oil painting under Ryno Swart, Margie Johnson and Natalie Hirschman and attended numerous workshops.

I am a member of the South African Society of Artists, Constantiaberg Art Society and paint with a group of artist friends, the Plein Air Painters of the Cape. We go on weekly outings to many beautiful places and settings around the Cape Peninsula, weather permitting, and sometimes organize painting holidays further away.

I also love painting in the studio where you have more control of objects, lighting, time and composition. I enjoy painting a model or a traditional still life and am passionate about flowers; every season provides an abundant supply of subjects.

I regularly participate in various group exhibitions throughout the year held by the South African Society of Artists (SASA), Original Cape Art, Art Portfolio and Cape Artists. At the 2009 SASA Annual exhibition I was delighted to be awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ certificate for one of my paintings which I did in Italy. I have also entered my paintings in the prestigious Merit Exhibitions at Kirstenbosch over the last few years.

My paintings can be found in private collections in South Africa, U.K., USA, Canada and Germany.

I endeavour to create original works of art where effort and care are evident. I value art as a process and don’t let myself get bored too fast. Because of the nature of oils most of my paintings evolve, I love the variety and effect of glazes; sometimes a spontaneous ’a la prima’ just happens.

I choose to paint what I like; and painting is for me challenging at times, but always exciting and a lot of fun.