|Joy is the most unbridled of human emotions, an outburst of positive energy that adds vigour and vitality to life.
Joy is spontaneous, natural, surging, celebratory. Joy is a poem, an ode, a crescendo to a symphony. Joy is art.
Add an engine and a set of wheels to the mix, and you've got a surefire formula for exuberance and exhilaration, in the form of a dazzling new exhibition of contemporary artworks that pop with colour and seduce with bold, black line.
Hop onboard for a Joyride with Richard Scott, the internationally successful Cape Town artist who believes that art, above all, should be sexy, playful, and fun.
Self-taught, unless you count the high school art classes that fuelled his inspiration, under the tutelage of Mr Fuel at Norkem Park High on the East Rand of Johannesburg, Richard has stamped his name on the contemporary art scene as a purveyor of what he slyly calls “Naïve Pop”.
His subjects include cats, trees, lighthouses, hot-air balloons, cars, planes, flying pigs, and this time around, a guy and a girl astride an iconic Italian scooter.
As part of his Joyride project, Richard arranged a photo shoot in Cape Town with three highly photogenic models - Brigitte Williers, Ryan Botha, and a bright-red two-wheeler runabout with a whole lot of va-va-voom at its heart.
The result of this session is a series of paintings, prints, and original sketches that will go on exhibition at Vespa South Africa, at the Caltex Centre, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront in Cape Town from December 10, 2013, to February 10, 2014.
Richard plans to exhibit 16 works, and four of the paintings will be accompanied by a limited set of prints.
“Come along and join in the fun,” says Richard. “I love sharing the joy I find in art with other people. Now, with Joyride, I'm going to love taking them for a ride as well!”