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Monday, November 20, 2017


Opening at artSPACE durban on November 24 is an exhibition of drawings by Haden Searles.

“The precision is phenomenal. They almost look computer generated. All the works are hand-drawn,” says Karen Bradtke of artSPACE durban:

Searles was born in Johannesburg and moved to Durban when he was about 9. Since then, he has lived in and around Durban North. He is in his mid-40’s.

His artist’s statement is as follows:

“I was born to be a soldier. All things military- and police-related are in my blood. During the 30+ years I’ve spent in the field I have also designed, manufactured and sold tactical equipment to law enforcement and specialised military and police units around the world.

Some might say the creative expression of art is far removed from the harsh existence of a soldier. On the contrary, it brings a welcome reprieve from the frenetic pace of life and helps clear my mind. It is therapy for the soul.

I love texture, shape and contrasts. I love capturing the flow and movement of the subjects I create. It is very important that I encapsulate the dramatic essence of the moment.

My artwork is created by employing a variety of techniques and mixed media. With an eye for detail, I use a combination of fine lines, minute dots, soft strokes and crosshatch to create the effects I want. Each technique represents and accentuates a different element of tone or shading.

Being a perfectionist, attention to detail is critical.”

The exhibition runs from November 24 to 30 November 2017. artSPACE durban is situated at 3 Millar Road (off Umgeni Road) close to the Waste Centre. More information on 031 312 0793 or visit or