Hester and Arie Coetzee are exhibiting in the Malvern Theatres for the third time; brought back here by popular demand.

Hester won last years “Artist of the Year Award”, chosen by a public vote from a field of over 3,000 artists all of whom sell their work through the on-line gallery.

Her highly personal, intense paintings are a reflection of her approach to life in general.  Her use of vibrant colours and bold brush strokes, reflects her outgoing personality. Her inspiration is creation itself. After 40 years of teaching, she retired to become a full time artist, since when she has become among the top-selling artists in the UK and is building a reputation across Europe. Her paintings bring much joy to other people’s lives.

For Hester, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Arie’s inspiration is the exuberant colour of yellow wheat fields, blue rolling mountains, the emptiness of the countryside, the wide open skies filled with thunderous summer clouds and the friendly people of South Africa.

All this is visible in his work.After winning his first prize in a local art competition at the age of 11, it became a life long dream to be an artist. Throughout his education and later as a teacher, he worked in various painting styles, printing and sculpting to discover the genre in which he would be most comfortable. 

After several small exhibitions, he developed a more expressive and impressionistic style. His work, employing emotionally charged thick brushwork, takes inspiration from the simplicity and naivety of Van Gogh, and from Rembrandt’s exquisite use of light and shadow; bright colours streak energetically across the canvas. Some works adopt a calmer, subtler use of colour but the richness of pure pigment and heavy application is often uncontrollable. 

The exhibition runs until 29th December