Sunday, December 14, 2014

Nguni studies on old envelopes

 “Pushing the Envelope”

With the emergence of e-mail, SMS, WhatsApp, and other methods of immediate written communication, the wonderful art of letter writing and posting a stamped, addressed envelope has all but ceased to exist

“Pushing the Envelope” celebrates the marriage of drawing and philately in an innovative exhibition by Hermanus artist Terry Kobus

Letters once were precious possessions, tied in bundles with silk ribbon and kept safe in a scented drawer. Many were kept for sentimental reasons. The sheer beauty of the envelope with its stamps and hand written address is in itself a wonder to behold

Terry has collected and deconstructed old envelopes, some dating from as far back as 1905. He works in various styles and media and the studies on the envelopes range from colorfully contemporary to delicately old fashioned, from whimsical to poignant and sentimental. The stamp and address is often an integral aspect of the envelope's design whether incorporated directly into the illustration or used simply to accent the artist's theme