Treasures / Large Print
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"Treasures" Unframed Limited Edition Print by Santie Cronje.
Edition nr: 25/25
Artist Proofs: 3 (3 still to print)
Image Size: (h)435mm x (h)345mm plus white surround
Signed: Yes (signature, title, edition nr)
Paper: Museum archival cotton rag
Please note: In Situ images are examples only. Print is sold unframed.
About the piece:
There are a few specific elements in “Treasures” to strengthen the meaning of this piece and its title.
1907: Huia Extinction - The Feather
On 28 December 1907 the last Huia was sighted. All that is left today are the huia feathers – a special treasure for many.
1907: Kia Ora Vase - Royal Doulton
Royal Doulton released a range of pottery in 1907 called “Kia Ora” in beautiful rich colours and intricate Maori patterns.
Flower Symbolism (on the theme of extinction)
Blushing Bride: The centre flower is a native South African protea called the “Blushing Bride”. Once thought to be extinct, these extraordinary white proteas rose from the ashes like a phoenix after a bush fire was said to have wiped out the only known wild population. The fire caused the seeds to germinate and flourish.
Broken Tulips: The adored broken tulips like the famous 'Semper Augustus' were so popular in the 17th century in Holland, causing a total craze and collapse in the market. A virus in the bulb which caused the beautiful variegation, inevitably caused its extinction.
Originally from South Africa, Santie Cronje has called New Zealand home since 1999. Artist in residence and owner of Deciduus & Santie with partner Shane, she juggles a busy work/life balance. As a visual storyteller her paintings are closely connected to her life experiences, travels, thoughts and surroundings.
Formerly educated, Santie studied Art at school from age sixteen and completed a Bachelors of Arts at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) in 1994.
Her preferred medium is Acrylics, with its quick drying times and low toxicity. Her style has been described as “a delicate simplicity and elegance, which touches the childlike side of the heart” Santie is represented by a handful of selected galleries with her work held in private collections in New Zealand and abroad.