In October 2021 we hosted two exciting exhibitions which opened in conjunction with one another. On the ground floor at the Art Photography Gallery, the incredible talented photographic artist, Hougaard Malan showcased some of his new, never before seen landscape impressions. Then, upstairs at the Osner Gallery, father and daughter, Martin and Samantha Lee Osner exhibited experimental artworks where photography and traditional art medium were combined.

About the Artists

A black and white portrait of Art Photographers, father and daughter, Martin and Samantha Osner.

Martin & Samantha Lee Osner consider photography as a reality driven medium which unlocks doors into the depths of art. They see the camera as an instrument within a broader creative process. In their work, they strive to convey emotion and design rather than illustration. With its power to transform a subject in a split second, light is the magical ingredient to them. As a father and daughter, they are blessed to be able to share a creative world. The Osner Gallery is a sanctuary, a dedicated place where they can display their passion on a wall and share their love for art and photography with others. 

Hougaard Malan was born in Kroonstad, South Africa, but grew up in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. His mother was a musician who played a significant role in mentoring an appreciation of the arts in her son. Meanwhile, Hougaard’s father and grandfather were passionate about the natural world and instilled in him a love for the great outdoors. Malan family holidays were invariably taken on the Wild Coast and Namibia and played a formative part in shaping Hougaard’s appreciation and fascination for the beauty of South Africa and Namibia’s wilderness areas. ​


The artist cites the most significant highlight in his photographic life as the month he spent in Namibia in February 2011 capturing the beauty of a traditionally dry region after extensive rains which transformed the vast desert areas of that country. This transformation had a profound effect on him, and he remains obsessed with the prospect of seeing and capturing it again and again. Other geographies of great photographic interest to Hougaard are northern Namibia, Pondoland and new African photographic frontiers. ​Hougaard’s photographic skills are self-taught, thanks to the emergence of a content-rich internet. He started using a DSLR camera at an early age of nineteen and has pursued a creative photographic career ever since. ​Hougaard is well known in local and international fine-art landscape circles for his uncompromising attention to the technical considerations of his craft. Combined with an instinctively creative eye, he is considered by many to be South Africa’s leading fine-art landscape photographer.