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Frans Mulder – nKentshane – observing/reflecting/transferring

Frans Mulder – nKentshane – observing/reflecting/transferring

Frans Mulder shows the lives of Wild Dogs at their den by means of observing them, reflecting in his mind the power and constant movement of them, and then transferring that information to large sheets of paper. Using a method of making marks, partly erasing them, making more marks, and reconstructing the structure and movement of the images, these drawings become works of art rather than just photographic image representations. Big in scale, the images of the dogs, sometimes larger than life, move and bounce over the paper just as they do in real life. Frans Mulder was born in 1955 and educated in Cradock, Eastern Cape. He received a Diploma in Fine Arts at the Port Elizabeth Technikon in 1975. He was involved with interior and design until he moved to Johannesburg in 1980, where he was involved in space planning for hotels, and then to New York City, where he was director of design in an interior space planning studio. On his return to South Africa in 1989, he lived and worked for a while in Nelspruit, close to the world-renowned Kruger National Park. It is here that he started painting wild life, while owning and running several eateries and guesthouses in the Northern and Eastern parts of South Africa until his move to Napier in 2015. Frans expresses his passion for animals in his wild life paintings and he has recently focused his attention on the survival of the endangered wild dogs. These are now the subjects of most of his works and are taken from live interaction with the animals. Frans and Rossouw Modern will...