Willem finds his inspiration in the smells and sights of the small towns of South Africa. His depiction of them is that of a local and not a mere tourist or casual passer-by. The artists loves the way nature reclaims these man-made structures.


Through documenting these landscapes he forces the on-looker to see through his eyes and stand were he stood still and maybe see it in a new light, the beauty in decay. His theme is mainly concerned with the “platteland” and its changing landscapes. It can be seen as a type of visual diary where he documents a specific time and place in our history and in doing so, remembering. It also reminds us of our own transcience and mortality. Everything is temporary.


He works in oil and his style can best be described as observational realism with a strong South African vernacular.

Willem Pretorius: Abandoned Pool, De Aar 2

  • Medium: Oil on canvas.

    Size: H: 500mm x W: 670mm.