Things To Do in Somerset WestVisit the Hein van Huyssteen Art Gallery
Where? 150 Main Road, Lionís Square, Somerset West, Cape Helderberg.
When? Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 17h00 and Saturday from 09h00 to 13h00.
How? Call +27 (0)21 852-5194
How much? Free to browse
Born in Central Africa in the colonial days, Hein van Huyssteen grew up surrounded by nature, experiencing the wild day by day. The young artist started early at the age of 5 years. By the age of 12 he had won his first competition with his art and was astounding his peers with his talents. After training with a well known artist in the medium of oil, Hein progressed to pastels, mixed media, inks and very soon onto water colours and acrylics.
The complexity of this medium is what challenged him to explore the very nature of the water with a complete mind of its own. What Hein soon discovered was the use of natural light and bold colours he could achieve using true watercolour techniques. Hein has demonstrated these talents to his peers with great pride. He uses only quality materials both pigment and paper.
As National Spokesperson for Arts and Culture for one of the political parties in South Africa, he was able to promote local arts throughout the country and help fellow artists of all mediums. Inspiring students at tertiary institutions and universities on his official visits. Hein has presented many inspirational talks and workshops. Politics has enabled Hein to work with different embassies globally and was stimulated by various art styles and techniques that he now uses.
He has exhibited at many galleries, co-exhibited with many fellow well known artists, sharing ideas and inspiring one another. He has had a number of one man exhibitions as well as combined. He is so grateful to still be able to learn with each and every new painting he finishes.