What The Eyes See The Mind Believes

Private Gallery Napier is the joint collaboration of a highly talented husband and wife team, Herman van Bon and Yvonne de Wit. Herman is a much celebrated fine art photographer who has a passion for abstract, surrealism and landscape photography that he manipulates by using many techniques to organically grow his works just as nature metamorphosizes. Yvonne is a fine artist who specialises in jewellery design. Her highly sought after signature pieces are created with her personal collection of stones and soil specimens. These natural materials are combined with South African silver, copper, brass and scrap metals to create a classic and a retro-meets-steampunk range of signature jewellery pieces. Visits to Private Gallery Napier can be scheduled by prior arrangement.

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Herman van Bon Photography

Herman van Bon Photography

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For Herman van Bon the capturing of a landscape is just the beginning. Just like in nature, there are seasons and the landscape or subject can change...especially when used as a canvas for exploration and experimentation.

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Herman uses different styles of photo-processing and developing software to manipulate his work as well as unique techniques that allow his creations to grow organically. Layer by layer, the original shot metamorphosizes into something truly extraordinary. Textures, tones, figures, symbols and quirky composites create illusions that could very well be figments of the imagination.

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Herman’s process is a journey and can take weeks but the result is a contemporary, deeply personal interpretation and a fascinating fantasia of different forms that are far away from ‘just a landscape’. Occasionally Herman uses a technique called ‘fluidization’ on his photos and sometimes, more often than not, it all comes together.

Yvonne de Wit Jewellery Design

Yvonne de Wit Jewellery Design

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From a young age, Yvonne de Wit was encouraged by her father to be aware of her natural surroundings. After moving to South Africa with her husband Herman, Yvonne immediately fell in love with her new environment. Fascination developed into a passion when the couple restored a historical succulent garden to its former glory. During this time Yvonne became inspired by the pallet of hues that coloured the country’s diverse landscapes. Collecting stones and soil specimens on her travels became a hobby and after a decade the specimens now form the base for the first of her jewellery ranges.

The first range is inspired by Mother Earth and is referred to by admirers as a pure earth range of jewellery. Yvonne transforms her much-treasured collection of soils and stones into unique objets d'art combining South African sterling silver, copper, brass and other metals.

The second range is her classic yet trendy retro and steampunk collection that is created from new metals and at times, scrap materials.

Yvonne's signature pieces of jewellery are uniquely handcrafted in limited editions.

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