Tessa Wessels – featured artist in Matie group exhibition

Tessa Wessels currently a second year student in Fine Arts at the University of Stellenbosch. She claims as a student still trying to find her way she creatively explores different avenues and opportunities presented to her.

While still at school she took the train between False Bay and Newlands (route from home to school) and found herself sketching away on the train, familiar faces, the familiar yet unidentified crowds on the train. She states that every morning meant a new face. These sketches she would do on her train tickets and soon these tickets piled up, she added numbers and symbols and soon she and her friends would play with these at school as playing cards.

These cards were so popular that she extended the idea and used the famous faces of the Italian Mafia to be portrayed on each individual card.

The Tessa Wessels playing card series consist out of: A Face on A Train and Mafia

Each series features all 54 playing cards in the deck.

From the original sketched train ticket playing cards digital prints were made which are available as packs of cards or 30x18cm individual card prints.

The individual prints consist of a limited number of 52 prints per card.

Tessa Wessels with her oil on wood painting titled 'Hester' on show

Tessa Wessels with her oil on wood painting titled ‘Hester’ on show

Tessa Wessels - A Face on a Train full set of playing cards mounted (donation piece for the exhibition)

Tessa Wessels – A Face on a Train full set of playing cards mounted (donation piece for the exhibition)