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A selection of Mike Edwards' portraits of family and friends

Critiques

Adam Deutromite

Adam Deutromite wrote of Mike’s portrait of Ds. A. P. Grobler in the Windhoek Observer, March 1985;

“This is a slightly expressionistic head modelled thick and strong. The head appears Manneristic, with a goatee beard that helps to elongate the face. The bushy eyebrows and protruding forehead throw deep shadows over the eyes, emphasizing them and making them deeper, brooding. On viewing the face from the front, a slight asymmetrical rendering of the cheeks can be seen. This lends two profiles to the face. Seen from the right, the thinner cheek with its vertical hollow that causes a shadow leaves a stern, ponderous impression on that side. On the left profile, where the cheek is fuller, this slight distortion, with the help of the mouth, gives a mischievous, gnomelike quality to the face. Thus two sides of a character are revealed…A formidable work and a remarkable portrait”.


Bettie Cilliers-Barnard

Excerpt from an interview with Bettie Cilliers Barnard (Doyen of SA painting) by Kirsten Jordaan:

“They asked me to recommend some-one that I wanted (to do her portrait) and I suggested Mike Edwards because I believe in his sincerity, his objectivity, and I knew I could leave it to him. I was pleased with the result because he's the artist and he expressed what he liked from me. I think he made me quite a strong woman there. I am a lasting woman. The resemblance is good enough for me, but l think it’s more the thinking quality, the "denk deelte" that comes through in the eyes. It is also peaceful but in a strong way. Maybe there is a little sadness in the face, in the mouth, but I was very happy in the end, I must tell you”.


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