WOODSTOCK is a hub of art and creativity, from artists in residence to fancy galleries which can be hushed and intimidating, but its streets are bright and alive with vibrant and meaningful murals and paintings which are accessible to everyone. All you have to do is look. On one of the many art filled corners of Woodstock I came across this huge eagle and the giant white piece around the corner that looks like a dog caught my attention. I just had to find out who the artists were, especially after coming across another couple of pieces done by the same artists.
The eagle is done by Sonny, a British-born artist living in South Africa. It’s a paid piece of artwork, done for the art gallery upstairs. Some of his most notable work is his mural of David Ogilvy at the Johannesburg Ogilvy offices, this majestic golden eagle in Woodstock and his leaping leopard called “The Leap” outside a building in Braamfontein. He’s known for painting wild animals and using bright colours to do so. In an interview with Times Live, he said “I like to paint animals and see them break out of clouds with element of light.”
The black and white work of the dog on the other side of the building is by Jack Fox, who is only 17 years old. He’s the son of Faith47, a very well-known graffiti artist whose beautiful work is also found all over Cape Town. If you look closely, you’ll see there’s messages on the dog, and on each of his other art works I found here in Woodstock.
I love that her son is following in her footsteps, and they both have their own unique and very distinctive painting style.
Jack Fox has not only produced murals, he has taken part in gallery projects in Paris, Berlin, Madagascar, New York, Switzerland, Malaga and Cape Town. I have been on the lookout for more of his work all around the city and have come across 3 more pieces of his work here in Woodstock alone.
Jack Fox had drawn to the graffiti scene since an early age. But, as he got older he became increasingly interested in street art. His individual style and techniques drew him to street art. Jack Fox is trying to connect his street art, animation and music to create a reflection of his life. He always tries to draw with feeling behind the image and don’t always use sketches.
“We are creating social change in Woodstock through street art,” he said. “Not everyone gets the meaning of graffiti which is often difficult to understand and read. But murals are art with meaning which are educational and inspiring.”