Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Lizelle Engelbrect is a professional artist currently living and working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The themes of her work are generally visual representations of her immediate surroundings, memories and personal experiences. These inspired her current body of work which is a collaboration of Arabian-inspired landscapes and subjects with a unique South African twist.
Engelbrecht’s art studio is characterized by experimentation with various materials and exploration of several artistic techniques. This has led to the conception of a new exciting series of paintings by merging her earlier, traditional methods of artmaking, with an exhilarating modern style. These new pieces are a combination of traditional materials like oil paint and ink with more striking materials like gold-leaf, aluminium and epoxy resin.
Her current work, which will be exhibited at the 2019 Word Art Dubai, is based on a series of luminous abstract landscapes, nature subjects and imaginary compositions. Using A combination of reflective materials, the surface of these canvasses or woodblocks are typically primed and cured with gold leaf, metal leaf, concrete and/or texture pastes and aluminum. On some pieces she adds oil-painted subjects, and other pieces naturally develop an alluring and otherworldly character, especially when using various resin pouring techniques and incandescent pigments. Although the pieces sometimes vary in subject matter, method and technique, altogether they have a unified underlying theme of luminosity and express reflective qualities.
When viewed from all perspectives, the ever-changing light, whether natural or synthetic, dramatically alters the luminosity of these paintings. As a result of the 3-dimensional aspect of some pieces, viewers are also able to witness the unique variations of light and shadows that project onto the canvasses. This makes these paintings seem alive that brilliantly radiates luminosity and texture.