The Contours of the Cape

Meet Wes Leal (they/he)

Wes is an illustrator and artist known for pushing the limits of reality and infusing ordinary scenes with a touch of magic. As a proud member of the queer community, Wes incorporates elements of LGBTQ+ activism and representation into his work. With a playful approach, Wes aims to create whimsical worlds that inspire joy and invite viewers to embrace the ordinary. Their art is a celebration of imagination, blurring boundaries and challenging conventions. Through their unique vision, Wes reminds us to find the beauty in the unexpected and to never lose the wonder of childhood.

A story with many layers

Visit the back of the letter A to see Wes Leal’s artistic interpretation. 

Steeped in a fascinating history, this area was originally inhabited by the Khoisan people and known as ‘Gantouw’ (or ‘Eland’s Path’), inspiring artist Wes Leal to include a pair of grazing Eland. The illustration of two people dancing around a fire, drawing stylistically from cave paintings found in other areas inhabited by the indigenous Khoisan hunters, pays tribute to these first peoples. 


The illustration captures the grandeur of this mountain, presenting various slopes, dramatic inclines and vast ranges in the background. So immense, the first Dutch colonists dubbed it as the ‘Mountains of Africa’. In addition to an intriguing history, the area is abundant in