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Sharlé Matthews' career in art and art education has spanned over two decades, and she has taught and lectured at various institutions. 

Although her early training was in painting, over the years, Matthews has experimented with different media, techniques, materials, and explored various themes in her work."I have dealt with a variety of issues in my work. Exploring Jung's concepts of us all having a set of internal blueprints of what it is to be human, San Pictographs and the symbolism therein, death and the beauty in death, vulnerability, skin colour and aspects of language and identity are just some of the themes I explore."

Sharlé now focusses on simple abstract shapes and subdued colour and attempt to state the essence of an experience in a personalised way. 

A brief stay on Robben Island during an educational exchange has also had an effect on Matthews' latest works. "There is something deeply moving, inspirational and troubling about the Island. It is removed from the mother country, reflecting the fact that it has been used as a place of separation and banishment. 

This all results in a process of layering colour, tone, line, textures and images, some of which are eventually covered up and revealed , often only partially at a later stage through scraping and scratching the surface of the work. In this way a "history" of both thought and paint manipulation eventually convey an often nostalgic , always personal, abstracted image. 


Trying To Find Order Amongst The Chaos.

Acrylic and pencil on canvas.

137cm x 240cms

R52 000

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Still Life With Eggs. 22.5 x 22,5cms . Oil on board. Framed. R1900

Vivid Dream. 18cm x 18cms. Oil on canvas. R1900

Mini Colour Symphony, collage 23.5 x 23.5 . R1000 each.

Mini colour symphony, collage 23.5 x 23.

Mind Map , Oil on board. 23.5 x 23.5 .R1900 each.

Mystic Map , Oil on board.  23.5 x 23.5 .R1700 each.

Stiff Upper Lip.

Mixed media sculpture.

85 x 31cms


Not Losing Your Head 

Mixed media sculpture.

85 x 28cms


Surviving the Onslaught

Mixed media sculpture.

82 x 24cms


Natty Dresser

Mixed media sculpture.

93 x 23cms


Turning my back to Loneliness.

Mixed media sculpture.

77 x 123cm


"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything Plato. It seems a theme of music is creeping into my work more and more during lockdown. As mentioned with a previous work, James fills the house with music, I find it helps fight loneliness. Maya Angelou said "Music was my refuge. I crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness" So this work references sounds and instruments. There is a guitar hanging down, symbols to represent a drum and cymbals, a conductor's baton, recorder, xylophone, triangle, banjo, records, maraca, accordion and reference to piano keys. I stole the words for the title from Maya".