25 Oct Featured: Gerhard van Wyk
This is the work of Petrus Gerhardus van Wyk or just Gerhard van Wyk. Gerhard is in the business of providing professional joy through visually stimulating designs. He is adept at creating characters that can communicate a thousand wisdoms and ideas in one glance, usually by incorporating a variety of complex styles of facial hair (mainly because he longs after a beard of his own). In addition, he enjoys riding his bicycle around the inner city of Pretoria while thinking about dogs and how to avoid life-threatening situations involving South African public transport.
As a young boy, Gerhard van Wyk was found running around with a pack of wild dogs in the savage eastern suburbs of Pretoria. When the humans took him, the oldest and wisest of the dogs barked: “My pup, remember who you are!” Then they ran off yelping, chasing a bus. Although the experience of being separated from his original family scarred him deeply, Gerhard survived and grew up listening to fantastical tales told by middle-aged men during Friday afternoon business braais. Here his love for stories and narrative developed and became a passion, culminating in the expression of these tales through visual means. Yet he never forgot the wizened hound’s words, and even to this day he can be found in public parks, giving back to the canine community by expertly spinning yarns and sharing quips about his past, always surrounded by an intensely captivated audience; either listening or licking his ears and face.