When you are next in Stellenbosch and have had your fill of great places to eat and drink (it is possible though unlikely) take yourself to the premises of sculptor Vincent Da Silva right in the heart of town.
By Greg Landman
Vincent Da Silva is a young artist of great talent and his work will inspire and uplift you. His use of movement to bring life to the bronze in which the pieces are cast is quite spectacular.
He is a young artist of great talent and his work will inspire and uplift you. His use of movement to bring life to the bronze in which the pieces are cast is quite spectacular. The turn of a horse’s head, for instance, reveals an innate understanding of how art can imitate life in the true sense.
Inside the gallery there are etchings depicting the grace of a ballerina, and highly stylized portraits in bronze which reveal a tranquillity one can find often in marble works from the great masters but rarely in bronze. However his very best work is with animals showing how close he must feel to them.
Across the road you will find a gallery which belongs to his parents. The statue of the diver on the pavement, graceful and perfectly made, is a showstopper if ever there was one.
Gallery on 38 Church Street, Stellenbosch
Phone: 021 883 9250
As the wine writer for Country Life magazine for the last 15 years, Greg has met and interviewed more than 150 of the country’s top wine makers. His articles offer unique insights into where to eat, what to drink, and where to go all over the Western Cape. With his dining companion Beryl Ormsby Browne, he has also reviewed more than 60 country restaurants for the magazine and has been a reviewer for the prestigious Eat Out Guide for 12 years. His passion for everything the winelands has to offer has led him into the world of wine tours. To find out more, visit his website Magic Grape Tours.