ARTISTTony de Freitas

“Art satisfies me intellectually, music more emotionally. I wouldn’t shed tears over a painting but over a piece of music, certainly. What I’m doing is playing jazz with paint. Just as a jazz artist may pull together a plethora of apparently random strokes, those random strokes contribute to what the artist sees as the bigger picture.” Tony de Freitas.

Tony de Freitas is painting his way to the top, his two passions are art and music and he invests in both.

Usually Tony first paints sketches on board and then gets going with his palette knives. He prefers acrylics, because they dry rapidly, meaning he can apply layer on layer. Tony’s process is impromptu and he ad-libs in a very impressionistic manner. As he goes he changes and modifies the paintings and the end result is never predictable. He can try repeat an identical scene and it would never turn out the same. He said using a palette knife forces one to be precise yet loose and it also gives rise to the unexpected.
Tony paints a lot out of his head. He mainly paints landscapes, often incorporating architectural elements. He is now 67, and enjoys painting full time with no backing or funds. He started in acrylics and oils using a brush and his work had no distinguishing characteristics until a gallery owner suggested that a palette knife would better suit his impressionistic approach.
His work hangs in many prestigious galleries around the country and is well represented especially in the Cape and Transvaal. Tony de Freitas is keen to take his work in new directions, exploring new themes and subject matters. He loves to capture the effect of light on things and hopes to explore the KZN Midlands more.
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Cosmos Corner

Description: Acrylic on Canvas, 300mmx400mm

Thompson Bay

Description: Acrylic on Board, 600mmx900mm

Sleepy Hollow

Description: Sketch on Canvas, 300mmx400mm

Velvet Arums

Description: Acrylic on Canvas, 200mmx250mm

Sunshine Roses

Description: Acrylic on Canvas, 300mmx400mm


Description: Acrylic on Canvas, 200mmx500mm


Description: Acrylic on Canvas, 300mmx400mm