To nature lovers and art enthusiasts
This prolific artist is recognised as being one of the very best wildlife artists working today. Now, for the first time in many years, a small but exclusive collection of Johan Hoekstra’s original works has come onto the market. They represent a rare opportunity for nature lovers and shrewd investors.
In spite of the temptation to emigrate, Johan elected to stay in South Africa. He has steadfastly refused to forsake everything that inspires him here; its fauna and flora are, after all, his muses. The South African art scene is certainly richer for his contribution to wildlife art.
His paintings are to be found on every continent. Among his clients are companies like SASOL, First National Bank, Firstrand, Boehringer-Ingelheim, and Savanna Private Game Reserve. Among individuals who own his works you’ll find, to name but a few, a cattle rancher in Australia, the Countess da Mosto of Venice, a very wealthy Arab shiek, an Irish barrister, a game lodge owner in Botswana, an engineer in Tanzania and two well-heeled Texans. The majority of his work is commissioned as he loves discussing, debating and finally agreeing on the structure of the painting-to-be. Then, of course, comes the work. A painting can take weeks, sometimes months, paying careful attention to every element in the picture. The accurate anatomy of a leopard’s paw, the botanically correct use of trees, the intricate angle of afternoon light – all the features that make the painting true to nature and therefore, a thing of value.
It stands to reason then, that there are usually only a select few of his pictures for sale. For many years Johan has been painting commissions for clients who wanted an original that they themselves had a hand in creating. However, he ocassionally feels the need to do his own studies and many of the original paintings available now were done to satisfy this creative itch.
Galleries have mostly had to do without as there was seldom enough stock to mount an exhibition, although works have been auctioned through Christies.This certainly favours the client, since gallery fees are avoided. By dealing directly with the artist one can avoid the substantial markup of gallery fees – an estimated saving of 50%. There are few artists today who have made such an impact in the genre of wildlife art and can boast such a volume of creative and detailed work. Every painting, drawing and sculpture was crafted with the same passionate commitment to quality and realism.
Follow the links to view his currently available originals and signed prints or click the link to the back catalogue to investigate the artists impressive canon of work. When you buy a Johan Hoekstra painting, you are investing in art with a timeless legacy and can be assured of a healthy return on your investment. It is our opinion that every South African home should be adorned with wildlife art – prints or originals – as a testament to the natural splendour of this astonishing country. We all share a favorite animal or memory of the bush and commissioning South African wildlife art is a way to document and celebrate this heritage.
Great wildlife art will never go out of fashion. Indeed, artists like Johan Hoekstra are true recorders of the emmence beauty in our fragile world. It is poignant then that their paintings will likely outlive many of our most threatened and endangered species, so enjoy the visual journey of vewing a beautiful collection of work and an artistic celebration of our unique and wonderful heritage.