Timothy Austin-Smith

1997.  Oil on board, 150 x 120 cm
Private collection, Cape Town

Timmy is the son of Jane Austin-Smith, a fruit farmer in the beautiful Franschhoek valley in the Western Cape region. Jane and Fiona negotiated the commission during the spring of 1996, and Fiona proposed the visual parallels between the young boy in the spring of his life and the orchards with their spring leaves in the fresh morning light, including the spectacular mountain backdrop to the farm. Timmy was playing with his little red car, which Fiona replaced with a red apple to symbolise youthful innocence.

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