Art & Design

Arno Carstens art exhibition at I Love My Laundry

June 25, 2012

For the sake of fun and bubbles, I hit up I Love My Laundry again. This time for the launch of the Arno Carstens ‘Arno Plus’ art exhibition.


Yip, that Arno! The solo rock singer and Springbok Nude Girls frontman, Arno. While he’s been banging out tunes and working concerts like a pro all over the world, he’s been keeping a secret from us. Art. It’s his first love; a career he would have pursued had he not met genius guitarist slash producer Theo Crous, 18 years ago.

Me & nice guy, Dene Botha, making prints look fabulous.
I couldn’t work a gig without Bjorn, Clayton, Karisa & Dene.

Hanging with my awesome peeps, Roxanne, Bjorn, Clayton, Karisa & Dene, sipping delish Graham Beck MCC, I got to meet the artist behind the singer. Personally, I think we should be grateful that he’s once again returned brush to canvas after having dropped out of art college all those years ago because the dude knows his stuff. (My credibility is born of the fact that I too am an art school drop out, so technically, an aficionado in this field:-)

Firstly, the artist chooses oil on canvas which I always think is a bold statement in itself. Smear or swipe a dark colour across a white canvas and you’re pretty much stuck with a brush stroke that can’t be easily erased.

Combine that with huge canvasses filled with heavy texture in a wide colour spectrum and I reckon we have a winner on our hands.  He’s subject matter crosses from dark to surreal injected with a dash of comedy. Fine detail sits comfortably alongside broad brush strokes. It’s fantasy come to life on canvas. In fact, a Terry Pratchett analogy was made on the night and I agree. I loved it. Do you?

Hmm, I thought you would:-) Things are going well for Arno these days. He’s latest collaboration with DK Skazi called ‘Down to Eden’ has been getting some serious airtime and along with gorgeous wife Melanie,  he’s just become a dad for the first time. Congrats!

As we sipped Graham Beck MCC, we chatted about his personal style – that’s another blog post – and how fatherhood’s changed his perception on life. I know, quite deep and intense huh? But then that’s what one does at galleries. He confessed to being a less-than-perfect son growing up. Now that the roles have been reversed, he wishes kids would understand the deep, unadulterated love parents hold for their children. He said it would have made him a better person back in the day and pray’s his child gets to understand and respect that love. My heart melted.

Follow Arno Carstens on FaceBook and Twitter. Get all the gig info for his upcoming Wintour 2012 on his official website or check out some of his tracks including Down to Eden on SoundCloud.

I Love My Laundry is situated at 56 Buitengracht Street in the Mother City and is well-worth the visit. They may not always have delish Graham Beck MCC, but from what I hear, this place is always rocking.

Have an art-inspired day, my lovelies.

love & light

Clouds xxx

Related post: I Love My Laundry & Taittinger Champagne

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