Marike Kleynscheldt is a self-taught artist from Durbanville, specialising in realistic acrylic still life.
Her subject matter has expanded from sentimental still lifes to complex compositions, creating a deeper narrative for the viewer as well as a slightly more telling portrait of the artist herself.
Kleynscheldt is fascinated by fables, mythos, superstitions and legends, and she uses these to imbue her everyday objects with depth and whimsy. Her aim is to create tableaus that please the eye, and give the viewer layers of detail as well as layers of meaning to delve into. Ultimately this shared 'story' and understanding, like a shared sentiment creates a connection between the painting and the viewer, and as such a conversation of sorts between the viewer and the artist.