Oupa Pieter

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Strongman Walrus named after my Great Grandfather.

A travelling Strongman arrived in Citrusdal in South Africa where they farmed –

He, the strongman stood on the Church hall’s stage and all villagers came to watch the show.

The strongman then asked if any one in the audience would like to have a go?? – Good prize money for anyone who could lift this bar.

2 wheels at either end and Ouma Grietjie (Margaretha) Oupa’s wife said Oupa Pieter should have a go…

He had been farming since he was 15 when his father had died and was as strong as an Ox from lifting sacks of oranges as they farmed mixed and citrus fruits.

He was very shy man but big at 6’4″ tall.

He picked the weights up and in one movement hoisted it above his head but didn’t know how to put it down so he held it above his head until he dropped it and it went through the stage floor of the hall and his prize money had to go to fix the church hall’s stage.

Sad really…

But I like to think he’d have liked that his story inspired one of his descendants to both compete as a Strongman and do this drawing all these years later.

And why did I represent him as an Anthropomorphic Walrus..? because why not.

A beautiful, open editon, Giclee print of an original Ben Rothery Illustration. All prints are printed with archival inks on 310gsm, 100% Cotton Rag, German Etching Paper. We’ve chosen this process and paper stock as it allows us to get as close as possible to the look and feel of the original artwork. Supplied unmounted, the prints come individually packed in a clear plastic sleeve with a cardboard backing.