Primitive, abstract and very personal, Karen Bezuidenhout's work evokes the wonder, simplicity, love of nature and serenity with which she paints. Reared on a farm in South Africa's winelands, she now lives in Santa Barbara, California, surrounded by the horses, chickens and peaceful landscapes that make their way onto her acrylic canvases. Her work is owned by private collectors the world over.
This stark landscape, sprinkled with trees and horses, is a good example of Karen Bezuidenhout's work, which is often described as "earthy, soulful and primitive, yet sophisticated." It includes some of her favorite things—nature and horses—in a palette influenced by her childhood in South Africa. The ranch portrayed is where she houses her horse, surrounded by open fields and rows of trees. USA. Exclusive. Acrylic on canvas with varnish. 48" x 36".
Beach rides along the Santa Barbara coast where Karen Bezuidenhout lives and a recent trek across the Namib desert in Namibia served as inspiration for this evocative painting of riders on a moonlit night along the water. Layers of paint give additional texture to the soulful landscape. USA. Exclusive. Acrylic on canvas with varnish. 36" x 36".
South African-born Karen Bezuidenhout, who lives and paints in Santa Barbara, recalls her childhood on a Stellenbosch Valley farm, where "there were always chickens scratching around the place." To her, they symbolize simplicity and an attachment to nature, recreated in this large canvas on which she employs multiple layers of paint, an oil stick and scratching to create texture. USA. Exclusive. Acrylic on canvas with varnish. 30" x 24".
Often the paintings of Santa Barbara artist Karen Bezuidenhout embody charming stories from her far-flung travels. This large, striking canvas recounts her adventures on Ceylon, the "little white horse who carried me across the Namib desert on a ten day trek last year." She loved the way he would be silhouetted against the dark, starry sky and pale sand. USA. Exclusive. Acrylic on canvas with varnish. 30" x 36".
In her paintings, Santa Barbara artist Karen Bezuidenhout likes to "take the viewer into the natural world." In this large, brilliant canvas she shares the rolling hills of the Santa Ynez valley near her home. By deft use of a palette knife, she builds up multiple layers of paint for greater depth and texture. USA. Exclusive. Acrylic on canvas with varnish. 30" x 24".
Melding memories from her childhood in South Africa and her current home in the Santa Ynez valley near Santa Barbara, artist Karen Bezuidenhout paints a beautiful landscape that celebrates wide open spaces and the many beauties of nature. Layers of acrylic paint create a textural earthiness. USA. Exclusive. Acrylic on canvas with varnish. 24" x 24".
Studded with trees, the rolling hills of the Santa Ynez valley in Santa Barbara county are the focus of Karen Bezuidenhout's painting in celebration of nature, wide open spaces and simplicity. The artist, who divides her time between Santa Barbara and her native South Africa, creates a strong sense of the wind's movement among the trees by placing her brush strokes at an angle. USA. Exclusive. Acrylic on canvas with varnish. 24" x 24".
South African-born artist Karen Bezuidenhout paints the things she loves, particularly animals. Her enigmatic painting of three donkeys against brown hills and a vibrant sun (or is it a moon?) recalls her journeys to Mexico and Africa, where she would often see donkeys along the road. She uses multiple layers of paint to create texture on her monochromatic canvas. USA. Exclusive. Acrylic on canvas with varnish. 12" x 12".
An ardent supporter of American wild horses, Santa Barbara artist Karen Bezuidenhout followed a stay at Sundance with this intimate, multi-layered work done exclusively for us to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sundance Catalog. Limited edition, unframed pony print of original acrylic and oil painting. 24"W x 24"H.
Since 2006, I have had the privilege to work with Sundance Catalog. Robert Redford’s beautiful vision and philosophy of supporting unique and creative people is the founding principal of Sundance’s success. I am extremely grateful and honored to be associated with this company. I left my birth country of South Africa fifteen years ago. At that time, I dreamed of making a living doing what I absolutely love, painting. Sundance catalog has been a major stepping stone to success in my journey as an artist. A beautiful ripple effect has been created due to my partnership with Sundance. Their support of my work has allowed me to donate to various charities. Wild horse preservation organizations here in the United States, as well as Aids orphanages in South Africa have been supported, thanks in part to Sundance’s vision. Forever grateful. —Karen Bezuidenhout
Two of Santa Barbara artist Karen Bezuidenhout's favorites—horses and nature—take center stage in her stark 2013 painting that evokes the expansiveness of earth and sky. USA. Exclusive. Acrylic on canvas. 36"W x 36"H.
In the earthy colors she prefers, borrowed from her birthplace in South Aftrica, Santa Barbara artist Karen Bezuidenhout celebrates the energy and elegance of a single hummingbird among abstracted flowers. USA. Exclusive. Acrylic on canvas. 16"W x 20"H.
Primitive, abstract and very personal, Karen Bezuidenhout's work evokes the wonder, simplicity, love of nature and serenity with which she paints. Reared on a farm in South Africa's winelands, she now lives in Santa Barbara, California, where she's constantly influenced by her beautiful surroundings. Horses, chickens and peaceful landscapes are favorite subjects for her acrylic canvases, which are owned by private collectors all over the world. Her work has been exhibited at galleries in South Africa and California. Paintings are one-of-a-kind, subject to prior sale. 20"W x 16"H.
One of Santa Barbara artist Karen Bezuidenhout's favorite subject is horses, beloved since her childhood. In this striking 2012 painting, she imagines them silhouetted against a blazing sky, bleaching them as though by the sun. USA. Exclusive. Acrylic on canvas. 36"W x 48"H.