Derric van Rensburg, internationally known for his superb impressionist paintings, is rated as one of South Africa’s top artists.
He started his career as a wildlife artist, painting in watercolours only, and at that time was recognised by critics as a highly talented artist. Switching from watercolour to acrylic as a medium for wildlife, brought about another paradigm shift for him.
The beautiful bright colours and contours of the autumn vineyards of the Hex River Valley, as well as the winelands of Stellenbosch, Paarl, Worcester and Robertson, are the favourite themes for him and his team of huge brushes, acrylics and canvas. Together with the changing seasons, and the simultaneously changing light, these subjects delight him and will do so for years to come. After examining one of his paintings, International Artist magazine had this to say: In this painting of almost juicy colour and exciting juxta-position of dark mountains and warm clouds, the painting provides so much entertainment and food for the imagination. He also likes the way the foreground has been left out of focus allowing free access
His first exhibition was held in 1978 in Cape Town and was sold out within a few days. Since then he has exhibited many times in South Africa, and also in Portugal, England, Italy and Australia.