Welcome to the art page.
Richard Cheales was perhaps South Africa's best Twentieth Century water color painter.
Richard was renowned for his seascapes which he painted on the South Coast of Natal and in Durban. He would often paint, rapidly, many paintings, capturing the changing light in the first and final minutes of a day. He would layout the many "washes of colour" and return home to his mother's house when they were dry. Back in his studio/flat in Johannesburg, he would complete the paintings and then mount and frame them himself.
Richard Cheales, born 1920 died 1996, was the younger brother of HWA Cheales, decorated WW2 veteran and farmer. The two boys and Edith McEvilly were children of British Army Captain, ERS Cheales and Maude Winifred Cheales. The family's eldest child, Humphrey, was killed riding a motor cycle, whilst at work as a traffic policeman, in Johannesburg before WW2.
Whilst watching Richard paint in about 1958, Guy heard a passer-by ask Richard, "How long does it take you to paint a picture?" (to capture the changing colors in the sky Richard painted very fast). Richard replied to the "how long" question with... "About forty years!" - enough said.
There are some of Richard's relatives living in New Zealand. Richard's grand niece, Jacqui Brand-Holt is an artist in NZ. Jacqui's website can be accessed at Jacqueline Brand-Holt Website. Please click link to have a look at Jaqui's art and her lovely website.
Ann Zambrano, Guy's sister, who lives in Hawaii, is an abstract artist. Ann's son Bevan, too, is an artist.
Barry Cheales, a retired Australian Olympian gymnast, from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, has written a book about the Cheales family in Australia. The book is available on Amazon and Barry welcomes interest from any Cheales fan by downloading the e-book from the following link Barry's Book. Another artist in the family!
Photo of a street gate in Sydney, was taken by Guy, in late 2012.
Guy has an interest in design and this website is part of that interest.