01 Artist Statement
I portray the every day, and want the viewer to have a sense of familiarity with my work. I approach my paintings by matching the colour mixing to that of my subject and combining it with expressive mark-making techniques. I have recently explored the fragmented nature of colours and use layers of colour to build up shape. My preferred medium is oil and alcohol inks on canvas or paper. My artwork explores and deconstructs my experiences and lifestyle in South Africa – often depicting nature scenes inspired by hiking, or people in my community and our mundane moments.
I was born in Johannesburg in 1993 and received my BA in Fine Artis at the University of Pretoria in 2015. After graduation, I moved to Cape Town, where I joined Side Track Studios to pursue a career in the fine arts.
02 Exhibitions & Galleries
...A Painted Experience...
Art on Avenues in a recent Group Exhibition wrote:
" Marli Steyl’s work can almost be seen as a painted experience, yet she often translates these moments in an uncanny way, making the viewer question the reality from which the experience was drawn. Steyl draws inspiration from her various hiking expeditions, where she immerses herself in the natural landscape and allows herself to be deeply affected and changed by it. "
Captures This 'Fleeting Moment Of Joy'
Donavan Mynhardt recently wrote:
"The charm of golden sunrise and sunset does not depend on you, it reflects on you...only if you allow it. So does fleeting moments of joy." - Val Uchendu
"Babylon" by Marli Steyl ( Oil on Board. Recently showcased on the Botanica II group exhibition at @artbellville ) captures this 'fleeting moment of joy' perfectly.
Steyl constructs a moment at the popular @babylonstoren with freely brushed colours that takes precedence over lines and contours. I was immediately drawn to the familiarity of the scene (being somewhat of a Babylonstoren junkie myself), the impressionistic mark-making and the overall sense of tranquillity and nostalgia in this piece.
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