MARINDA COMBRINK

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Marinda Combrinck was born in 1972 and grew up in Johannesburg and Pretoria. She attended Die Kruin School of Arts in Johannesburg as well as the Pro Arte School of Arts in Pretoria (now known as Pro Arte Alphen Park) where she matriculated with a major in Fine Arts in 1990. 

She went on to study Fine Arts at the former Pretoria Technicon (now known as Tshwane University of Technology). During her secondary and tertiary training, she studied under the guidance of artists such as Dianne Victor, Nina Romm, Diek Grobler and Elsa Lamb. 

She started honing her own unique style of painting during her involvement with the Pre-Raphaelite Gallery in Pretoria in the nineties and has been a fulltime artist since then.

Since 1991 she has had numerous group showings and had four solo exhibitions, the most recent being My Inspiration – from Calitz to Cape Town featuring a selection of life-size portraits and landscapes in Cape Town in 2010. In 2007 and 2008, she had a showing of recent work in Oudtshoorn and in (2005) she was invited to exhibit her work at the HAP Huis, “Huis of Afrikaanse Poësie” in Pretoria.

In 2006, she was invited to show her work as part of a group exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Hall in Dublin, Ireland. In the same year, she had her second duo showing with Riaan Bosch at Dragt ‘n Berg Gallery in Pretoria. She also had duo exhibitions with Bosch in 2005 and 2007. 

She also participated in group showings at the South African Art Association (1991-1992);
the Anti Gravity exhibition sponsored by the Literary Group, Nu Metro and Exclusive Books in Cape Town (1993);
Tina Skoekan Gallery, Pretoria (1996), a group exhibition with Michael Heyns, Anton Smit, Michele Nigrini; Marna Schoeman and Ansie Sotiralis in Brooklyn, Pretoria (1994);
Diek Grobler’s Dancing Dodo Gallery in Pretoria (1995); 
Artists from the greater Pretoria Region exhibition at the Unisa Art Gallery (1995). 

Although her focus is always on creating her own body of work, she also accepts commissions. Her commissioned works are numerous and include murals, ceiling paintings and individual paintings for hotels (e.g. the Barrydale Hotel, Western Cape), guesthouses and private clients, locally and abroad. 

She also created a great variety of painting styles and content for larger projects such as the Emperors Palace and Monte Casino (2000-2001) in Johannesburg and more recently the Diaz Strand Hotel in Mossel Bay (2004). She also did collaborative set painting for PACT and the Civic Theatre in Johannesburg for two pantomimes (Annie 1999 & A Lad in a Lamp in 2000). 

Her work has also been featured in the television programme 'Pasella' (May 2005) and more recently in the documentary travel programme 'A Country Imagined' (2010) and in the travel magazine, Getaway (January 2009).

In 2004, Marinda exchanged city life for the tranquil environs of the Klein Karoo. Today she lives and works from her own gallery and studio in the quaint Klein Karoo village of Calitzdorp where she indulges her passion for portraiture and landscapes, drawing her inspiration from everyday life, the local environment and her own imaginings. 

Working mainly in oil, Marinda’s paintings reflect a variety of themes and subject matter. She uses nature and life in general as inspiration and is especially interested in the human psyche, the way people interact with each other, their respective relationships, as well as how they relate to and function within their environment. 

At present, she is exploring how the local landscapes, fauna, flora, and people interact and influence each other. Her imagery is rooted in the African environment, yet her themes are universal, which are stylistically represented in the combination of symbolism and realism in her work.

When friends and neighbours Tracy and Peter commissioned Marinda to come up with a unique concept for their retro coffee shop, Marinda became infatuated with Gil Elvgren’s portraits of pin-up poster girls. What started as a fun project that she aptly calls Glamour Girls has now grown into a series of original works derived from Elvgren’s posters, but with Marinda’s own unique style and ability to see the psyche of the individual underneath the face. 

Her Glamour Girls series is especially noted for her uncanny ability to take the Mickey out of ‘serious art’, turning it into playful ‘toffee apples’ and ‘pink candyfloss’ in perfectly pouted and perfumed perfection that almost always makes you smile. Marinda’s Glamour Girls is art that needs to be looked at closely or you might just miss its essence – it is the ultimate pretention without pretence.

Marinda’s work can be viewed at various galleries throughout South Africa and at her own studio and gallery in Calitzdorp.