A Belgium born, South African artist.
My grandparents had many of his original art works in their home. I grew up staring at them. Wondering about the subject matter and the artist himself.
I think that those paintings were why I chose to pursue art in school.
I wasn’t a particularly good artist, I wasn’t terrible mind you, just not the best of the bunch and certainly not a natural artist when it came to painting.
I far prefer drawing, specifically colour pencils. Or sculpture in clay.
Going through all the gorgeous van Essche paintings again now, makes me itch to pick up my pencils. Maybe its time to start drawing again.