Stencilworx debuts at Emerald Fox Tattoo Studio opening in Muizenberg

Steve Erwin strikes a pose. Photo: Gero Lilleike
Steve Erwin strikes a pose. Photo: Gero Lilleike

Words and Photo’s by Gero Lilleike

I have been following the work of Steve Erwin (Stencilworx) for some time now and for good reason, he’s a talented artist with creativity and passion that’s expressed through his art time and again and it’s no surprise, this man is going places. As it turns out, there’s a new ink parlour in town and for the first time ever, Stencilworx was in the public eye at the official opening of the Emerald Fox Tattoo Studio in Muizenberg, Cape Town.

Tattoo enthusiasts, artists and the general public turned up to soak up the art and music which set the scene for an enjoyable evening. Steve was one of many artists who had their art on display as part of the art exhibition which also featured a live spray painting session and an entertaining burlesque show.

Despite the hustle and bustle of the event, I managed to have a few words with Steve who was visibly chuffed to have his work on display for the first time and here’s what he had to say, “I am stoked to have my first art piece up on display at an exhibition, I hope people like it. It’s a stencil and spray paint piece on a skateboard deck that I have loosely dubbed ‘Heaven, Hell and everything in between”.

Steve's Art (Left) on display at the opening of the Emerald Fox Tattoo Studio in Muizenberg. Photo: Gero Lilleike
Steve’ Erwin’s art (Left) on display at the opening of the Emerald Fox Tattoo Studio in Muizenberg, Cape Town. Photo: Gero Lilleike

“I was a bit nervous to put my work on display at first but now I am relaxed about it and am just enjoying the evening. I also want to thank Emerald Fox Tattoo Studio for allowing me to display my work, I think it’s a great opportunity”. Steve’s piece effectively displayed how stencils and spray paint can be used to create unique artwork that is impossible to replicate.

If you wish to familiarise yourself with Steve and his work, I suggest you read The Steve Erwin Interview – The Wave Hunter and Something’s in the Water

An artist sprays in a live spray paint session at the opening of the Emerald Fox Tattoo Studio in Muizenberg. Photo: Gero Lilleike
An artist sprays in a live spray paint session at the opening of the Emerald Fox Tattoo Studio in Muizenberg, Cape Town. Photo: Gero Lilleike

 

Something’s in the Water

Steve Erwin, the artist himself
Steve Erwin, the artist himself

Word and Photo by Gero Lilleike

If you have read The Steve Erwin Interview – The Wave Hunter, then you know that Steve is a talented artist, whether he’s sketching in a notepad, spray-painting on a canvass or making funky T-shirts, his art stands out as being bold and unique. I had the pleasure of witnessing Steve (Stencilworx) in action recently and here’s what he was up to.

What might that be?
What might that be?

When I first saw the canvass, I was confused as to where Steve was going with this piece but he assured me that the stencil was going to ‘pull the whole thing together’. Steve did his work while I watched the canvass come to life and the end result was impressive. “I am going to call it Something’s In The Water” he tells me. “Because it’s the first of many to come,” he adds.

There's Something in the Water by Steve Erwin
There’s Something in the Water by Steve Erwin

Inspiration for the work came from his brother, Gavin Erwin, an excellent all-round fisherman and fishing artist who resides in Johannesburg and also quite possibly from Steve’s recent fly fishing trip to Dwarsberg Trout Hideaway. Steve’s work demonstrates the artistic value of using stencils within the art creation process and in this particular case, adding a whole new level of depth and clarity to this piece while also revealing endless creative possibilities. That creativity often spills off the canvass and onto the chair which is not surprising because art runs deep in the Erwin family. Welcome to the new home of Fish Art…

Steve's Art Throne
Steve’s Art Throne