Donald Hess Opens Gallery in Glen Carlou Winery
South African artists, refurbished décor featured at Hess' South African property.
Donald Hess, Chairman Hess Group, stands among works by artist Derek Healey.
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Local nature and the environment are influential themes throughout the South African complex, including a natural vegetation garden, thatched roofs and vast views of the Paarl Valley. The first exhibition at Glen Carlou features some 30 works by South African artist, Deryck Healey and British artist, Andy Goldsworthy. Hess will rotate artists.
Donald Hess's self-professed "love affair with contemporary art" started over 30 years ago. Donald Hess's "love affair with contemporary art" as he calls it, started over 30 years ago: "There was no art in my childhood home," he remembers, "only carpets. I didn't go to a gallery until I was 30, after my best friend, a gallery owner, saw my white walls and realized she had a potential customer. I spent three days in her gallery browsing and buying." The first picture Hess purchased was a Picasso—at the time, he didn't realize its significance; today he buys only from living artists "so I can have lunch with them," he quips. These artworks are rated as one of the world's top private collections.
His wish to make art accessible to as large a number of people as possible is why these works are exhibited in public venues such as the wineries; the symbiosis between wine and art also make the wine cellar a natural forum.
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