IN celebration of one of the most recognised South African artists of the 21st century, Mervyn Gers Ceramics will offer a limited range of Battiss-inspired platters and bowls in time for the festive season.
Walter Battiss (1906 – 1982) was regarded as one of South Africa’s first and most important abstract painters. Known as the creator of the quirky “Fook Island” concept, Battiss was strongly influenced by African art, especially Bushman paintings, which he also studied extensively. Born into an English Methodist family in Somerset East, he became known as the gentle anarchist. His joie de vivre, appreciation of beauty and sensual treatment of the human form earned him recognition across the world, and his paintings and graphics are enjoying renewed interest with contemporary art lovers.
“Battiss was a very interesting man who lived life to the fullest. He left a myriad of extraordinary art works that we could draw inspiration from. We used elements from his prints that were transferred onto bespoke, handmade large bowls and platters,” said Mervyn Gers.
Each of the platters and bowls, which passes through 22 pairs of hands, will be numbered and exclusively available online or from the Mervyn Gers studio from early December.
“We thoroughly enjoyed working with The Walter Battiss Company to recreate a limited edition of his well-known images on large platters and bowls. Due to its abstract lines, his art translates beautifully into ceramics,” said Gers. “Personally, I think this is a one-of-a-kind gift to yourself, friends and family. They are set to become collectors’ items as every bowl or platter is numbered and will give the new owner years of enjoyment.”
Internationally renowned for its one-of-a-kind ceramic pieces and handmade dinnerware, Mervyn Gers Ceramics was founded in 2011. With 13 kilns and employing over 47 staff, the company is a sustainable job creation success story that continuously expands its offering to both industry and households. For more information, visit 4A Dorsetshire Street, Paarden Eiland, call 021 510 2385, or click here.