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I recently returned to this work after being inspired by Midnight Oil's "blue sky mine".
The portrait is of a "Riel" dancer in the Northern Cape. The Riel is danced around the campfire after hunting expeditions, good harvests or during a celebration. In Nama culture the dance is known as Ikhapara which is derived from the word "khapas" which means "hat". The hat of the man is a useful article to win a lady's hand in marriage. With the environmental problems we are experiencing here in Cape Town with regards to water scarcity and the fracking in the Karoo I am alluding to the need to connect with the land and the environment and return to a symbiotic relationship in this work.


Keywords: Riel dancer, Nama, young woman, headscarf,

Blue Sky Mine

Painting by Gary Frier
Materials used
oil on stretched canvas
Size
W:76cm x H:90cm x D:3.5cm

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  • Artist Description
    • Artist Description

      I recently returned to this work after being inspired by Midnight Oil's "blue sky mine".
      The portrait is of a "Riel" dancer in the Northern Cape. The Riel is danced around the campfire after hunting expeditions, good harvests or during a celebration. In Nama culture the dance is known as Ikhapara which is derived from the word "khapas" which means "hat". The hat of the man is a useful article to win a lady's hand in marriage. With the environmental problems we are experiencing here in Cape Town with regards to water scarcity and the fracking in the Karoo I am alluding to the need to connect with the land and the environment and return to a symbiotic relationship in this work.


      Keywords: Riel dancer, Nama, young woman, headscarf,

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