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Colwyn Thomas Light Boxes

Durban-based artist, Colwyn Thomas, is no stranger to a pencil. 'Thanks to my mom, who is a painter, I think I've had a drawing instrument in my hands since I could hold a crayon,' he told HL. Illustration moved from a pastime to a profession a year after Colwyn finished studying fine art. 'I had been travelling overseas, and when I came home I needed a way to make a living doing something I loved.' Several successful years on, Colwyn has made a name for himself on the local art scene, thanks to his instantly recognisable illustration style. While he usually works on paper, Colwyn has dabbled in other projects, like these exquisite light boxes, which are an evolution of similar boxes he has worked on over the last five years. 'I've always loved the interaction between direct light and a work of mine,' he told us. 'It's almost like your own private, mini gallery space.' Colwyn's original light boxes were square or rectangular, and acted as a means of displaying 2D images. 'My new boxes are cut to shape, so they have a 3D element that lends a sculptural feel to my illustrations.' We particularly love his Skull series, which is, like much of Colwyn's work, inspired by nature. Butterflies, koi, and birds contrast delicately with the stylised skull they adorn. The light boxes, which are 190mm x 150mm each, are made with a base of super wood, LED light strip and a backlit print attached to clear perspex. They sell for R500 each and are available from Colwyn directly. To order, call him on 083-651-9538 or visit his website, where you can also view more of his work. For more koi-inspired design, have a look at HL editor Naomi Larkin's top picks here.