It's About Time

TimeCoded Paintings

Slee Gallery 14th -27th February 2016

Stellenbosch South Africa

Serendipity and inevitability 


This art exhibition opens on Valentine's Day, purely by chance, 

because it's not about love - according to the artist - it's about time.

True, these paintings are about time and transience, passing moments and mortality, and the inevitability of endings. 

But for some of us who admire Olivier Chaulieu's work, the opening date is a perfect example of serendipity, 

because love is all about time, isn't it? 

We value love, as we value life, because we know it is not eternal. 

So for us, these paintings are also about love: the possibility of love despite the inevitability of its ending. 

It's about love, it's about life, it's about time, indeed. 

Marita van der Vyver


Vanités Végétales Painting the fugitive moments


To record Time is a vain attempt to freeze and capture moments,

those very fugitive moments that will never come again.

One can merely hope to catch them for they are like running water ;

always flowing, always further down and never again in the same place, just one step beyond.


Animal or vegetal vanities: bones and dead flowers, landscapes, forever stopped in the run of Time.


Playing with the mark of a TimeCode, dramatisation of colours, evocation of mist, fuzziness or disappearance ; 

to lead us from reality to dreams… to “deepen the mystery”… 




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                                                Photos Carla Schnetler.