If you’re reading this, congratulations! It means you invested in finding out more about me, which is a good sign for our future collaboration.
I'm Mel Joubert, a London-based visual artist and photographer.
But before we embark on this artistic adventure together, let me unveil the story behind the artist.
With a background in Fine Art from the University of Cape Town, my journey took an unexpected turn into the vibrant realm of hospitality, where I unveiled my true passion.
It was through years of crafting unforgettable experiences in London's finest restaurants and bars that the concept of the "art sommelier" was born.
I thought I'd begin by introducing myself with a virtual glimpse into my world, sharing some fun facts that go beyond my artistry.
These insights will offer you a better understanding of who I am as a person.
I’m a die-hard romantic with a wry and dry sense of humour who has a particular fondness for cataloguing, lines, grids and stationary (especially brushes and pencils).
When I’m not out photographing or making art, you will find me on the hockey pitch.
I love sports and anywhere outdoors….
Except if it involves heights or creepy crawlies!
My creative spirit knows no bounds and – in fact – I see the world around me in single-frames or animation-mode.
I’m an avid devourer of stop animation (Wes Anderson is my favourite) and would wear a cape every day if I could, but the adult-me settles for flowing scarves.
Nowadays I reserve the cape for fancy dress parties and my special powers!
And my happy place?
That would have to be spending time with my partner, going to braais (barbecues), tucking into a bottle of red wine or sipping slowly on an old fashioned cocktail or whiskey with our dog Toto
THE FUN FACTS
I love wine (definitely haven’t mentioned this before).
Coffee, bananas, tomatoes (and wine) are my ‘can’t live without’ necessities.
Music-wise, I willingly listen to anything by Queen on repeat. Although I still can’t play Bohemian Rapsody on the guitar, I can certainly belt out WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!
Sponge-hair square jaw, mielie (corn on the cob) and helium Hagrid are just a few of my nicknames. It’s something to do with my hair, square jaw and teeth.
Inspirational people include, Francis Bacon, Antony Gormley, Jessica Ennis and my ultimate hero… The Queen!
Beautiful sunsets, sea, music, art, and watching the lion king reduces me to tears.
When I was younger, I wanted to be a conductor (orchestra not bus!) or archaeologist. I’m now a conductor of my creativity, and the end product is my final symphony!
Pet peeve? I can’t tolerate rudeness, bullying, germs and queuing. Now imagine a rude germ-ridden bully in a queue – PASS!
I work from my home studio in Kew which I share with my partner and pet spaniel. When I’m not making art or taking photos, I am a keen hockey player and wine enthusiast.