Tony Fredriksson

Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, on the 8th of July 1959 Tony Fredriksson discovered his talent and passion for art at an early age. In the 70’s Tony studied fine art at the Eastborne College of Art and Design in the UK. He then moved to South Africa where painting, drawing, and sculpting have all had their seasons in his art career, however, it is his driftwood sculptures that he is most  renowned for.

Tony finds most of his inspiration for his driftwood sculptures in organically weathered pieces of wood. Every piece tells a story and is uniquely shaped and textured; some by oceans and rivers and others by insects and the elements.

I have been privileged to teach my own children art in junior school. All five grades would run to my class for every lesson, eager to discover something new that they could do. From baking a cake, building a wall or just playing with the food on your plate, we are all creative in some way. According to the Bible we are made in God’s image so we shouldn’t be surprised at how fulfilling the creative process is. I see two distinct themes in the world - God made and man made. I love to celebrate both using the found weathered wood pieces. I pray before starting each sculpture asking God to help me do justice to His amazing work. Mine are just poor imperfections of the works of His hands. Everything in Creation is fearfully and wonderfully made. When I go to play in my studio, I feel the very same excitment I felt at 6 years old when I held a ball of plasticine in my hands. I dropped out of college and also cheated in matric but did get distinctions in Art, Carpentry and Afrikaans. It seems that I have majored in the three subjects I did well in. I do art with wood and married a lovely Afrikaans meisie, I believe we are all born with certain gifts and I am blessed to be able to employ mine.

Tony Fredriksson

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Say Africa

Say Africa

Laurel Holmes, Ingrid Uys, Andrew Hamlet, Mariana Zwaan, Karin Daymond, Walter Voigt, Erica Schoeman, Eric Eatwell, James De Villiers, Lynette van Tonder, Rene Eloff, Gerrie van Tonder, Winston Thekiso, Sue Martin, Wendy Sippel, Noeleen Kleve , Marina Louw, Michael Heyns, Anton Smit, Tony Fredriksson, Willem Pretorius, Anna Kirsten, Gwen Miller, Marieke Prinsloo-Rowe, Lebohang Sithole, Braam van Wijk, Sizwe Khoza, Linda Pretorius, Pat Sithole, Nelsa Guambe, Jonathan Kassel, Elise Buitendag, Bongi Bengu, Odette Saayman, Annelie Odendaal, Daryl Nero, Valinda Lombard, Elizabeth Tristram, Maria Pienaar, Cobus van Bosch, Maria Marais, Coleen Williams, Henriette van Staden, Ewald Esselen, Pete Armstrong, Khulekani Msweli, Phindile Mamba, Thabo Lukhele, M.J. Hill, Jackie Noakes, Ianthe Hudson, Anya Heymans, Lucy Doran, Valinda Lombard, Thelmi, Siphiwe Fokazi, Belinde Fourie, Belinde Fourie, Ian Hertslet, Ian Hertslet, Mimi van der Merwe, Zakkie Eloff, Jennifer Snyman
White River Gallery
30 Nov 2019 - 19 Jan 2020

"I may be walking in the streets of a city called London, but the dust on my boots, and rhythm of my feet ...