A SELECTION OF EXCEPTIONAL ARTWORKS
14TH AUGUST – 30TH SEPTEMBER
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A SELECTION OF EXCEPTIONAL ARTWORKS
Born in 1964, Jaco Benade is a painter who started his art career in 1996 and has since held a number of very successful solo exhibitions. His sensitive portrait and landscape studies are much sought-after, not only for their visual beauty but also for their fine artistic qualities. He paints nostalgic images of people he knew, emotions he felt and possessions he had. With radiant portraits and exquisite tapestries of flowers and broken objects, he captures the changeability as well as the richness of human experience.
Terugblik | Oil on Canvas | 2020 | 70cm x 60cm
Ndzube was born in 1990 in Hofmeyr, Eastern Cape, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He has a BA Fine Art from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town and is the winner of both the Tollman Award and Michaelis Prize. Considered one of the most important young artists of his generation with works in significant public collections, Ndzube’s work is characterised by a fundamental interplay between objects, media and two-dimensional surfaces; stitching together a subjective account of the black experience in post-apartheid South Africa from a mythological persepective.
In Search Of | Lightjet Print, Diasec | 2016, Ed. 1/5, Triptych | 120cm x 80cm each panel
Born in the Eastern Cape, Lisa underwent formal art training at Stellenbosch University. Here she discovered that the formal training developed her critical mind yet also stifled it.
She awakened the desire to ‘upcycle’ and blend hitherto unblended forms together to create something unique. The concept of “Talking Heads” was born when discovering that many hunters discard the horns of their kill and she was saddened by such disrespect for the lives and beauty of these amazing animals. Wanting to honour them in some special way, her passion led her on a designing adventure.
“Modelled on the horns of a Southern African Impala antelope, this talking head channels the spirit of PAPA LEGBA, the Haitian god of communication, speech, and understanding. With Papa Legba surveying your space, you will find that suddenly words will flow and you can communicate ideas and concepts with unprecedented ease. Your space will become a place where people come to share their epiphanies and revelations, a space of communion and joy.”
Papa Legba | Vintage Upholstery Fabrics and Swatches, Fibre Glass and Impala Horns | 96cm x 47cm x 37cm
Wole Lagunju’s hybrid paintings of traditional Gelede masks are re-imagined and transformed using cultural icons appropriated from the Dutch Golden and Elizabethan ages. Lagunju’s cultural references mined from the eras of colonization and decolonization of the African continent, critique the racial and social structures of the 19th century whilst evoking commentaries on power, femininity and womanhood. The artworks he produces strike a powerful chord in the viewer by bringing together a range of concerns and a seductive formal visual aesthetic to the key themes and imagery that he develops and explores. He offers multiple ways of considering some of the dominant visual tropes of social/cultural relations within and between societies which he reconstitutes in innovative and challenging ways within his painting and iconographies.
Born in Nigeria in 1966, Wole was awarded a Phillip Ravenhill Fellowship by UCLA in 2006 and the Pollock Krasner award in 2009. He currently lives in the United States. His most recent solo public exhibition was held at the Payne Gallery, Moravian College in Pennsylvania, USA.
The Golden Age | Oil on Canvas | 2017 | 77cm x 57cm
Born in 1973, Phetshane obtained an Advanced Diploma in fine arts from the University of Witwatersrand. He uses colour as a language, scratching and painting on surfaces to get textured surfaces. The artist works with many layers of solid colours in pastel – creating colourful abstract landscapes. He then adds smaller texts and imagery – creating interesting and intricate patterns and details. The artist juxtaposes objects (chairs, boxes, road signs, water-marking and painted stairs) as metaphors. On a subconscious level, these objects and the abstract representations deal with social issues surrounding women, children and human settlement.
Rebirth | Acrylic on Canvas | 2016 | 80cm x 120cm
Born in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Larita Engelbrecht lives and works in Cape Town. She received both a BA in Fine Arts (2009) and a MA in Visual Art (2012) from the University of Stellenbosch. Engelbrecht has held 3 solo exhibitions to date and her work has been included in a number of significant group exhibitions and art competitions internationally. Her work was included in ‘Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design’ in 2015 – an important traveling exhibition which hosted by the Vitra Design Museum in Germany and the Guggenheim, Bilbao.
Engelbrecht combines discordant images of dislocated figures, natural forms, the curves of modern sculpture and the hard lines of concrete architecture. Blending distinctive visual elements Engelbrecht creates images to challenge our pre-conceived ideas of contemporary culture.
Dusk | Oil and Acrylic on Canvas | 2018 | 50cm x 50cm
Pond | Oil and Acrylic on Board | 2018 | 30cm x 30cm
Sibusiso Duma is searching for solutions to his life and environment and through this investigation he shares the stories of his childhood, his social opinions and the beliefs of his culture. His pictorial stories enrich one deeply with an understanding of his life and strikingly it is the dominance of the human figure in his work which underlines his strong visual language.
Sibusiso Duma was born in Mbumbulu, KwaZulu Natal in 1978. He has exhibited frequently both locally and internationally including notable solo exhibitions at Stevenson and ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg and the AVA Gallery, Cape Town. His works are included in important private and public collections.
“His treatment of surface, subject, space and colour is unique in that other issues are not stated directly but are alluded to, thus creating an element of intrigue and wonder” – Gabi Ngcobo, ‘Revisions’ 2006
Sithathuhambo | Acrylic on Canvas | 2019 | 102cm x 77cm
Driaan Claassen is a Cape Town-based artist and designer. Inspired primarily by nature and the human mind, Claassen’s work plays on duality and contrast, be it in form, pattern, textures, heft, or scale. Beyond the tangible, Claassen’s works are also characterized by a certain quietness – a refreshingly restrained refinement that tells us just enough about a piece, its function, and the material from which it has been made. Stripped from the verbose, what consistently emerges is an elegant commentary on the tension between light and dark, smooth and textured, weight and heft, form, function, meaning. Claassen’s works have been exhibited extensively with works at Design Miami, Design Basel to PAD London.
‘Whisps’ (A Body of Work)
“When I think of geometry, I tend to think of forms or concepts that are absolute, perfect, and infallible…Its power and value however become truly apparent when taken into the mind. Like a portal it connects us to its archetypal truths, the building blocks of the universe, and the creation myth…. ‘Whisps’ is my search for that geometric flexibility and the strain and force involved in compressing that freedom and energy into a static object that still contains a semblance of life that cannot exist in this realm without losing parts of its whole. These forms are a metaphorical take on the way thoughts and memories seemingly pop in and out of consciousness coherently and recognisably without any recollection of bringing those memories forward but rather that it comes willingly and at times even forcefully.”
Compact Whisp 001 Blue | Spring Steel, Brass, Powder Coating, Ed. 1 of 1 | 2018 | 60cm x 40cm x 30cm
Beaded Whisp 002 Blue, White, Red | Stainless Steel, Wooden Painted Beads, Ed. 1 of 1 | 2017 | 60cm x 40cm x 30cm
Spaced Whisp 001 Blue | Stainless Steel, Spray Paint, Ed. 1 of 1 | 2018 | 23cm x 20cm x 14cm
Legakwana Leo Makgekgenene is a New Media graduate from the Michaelis School of Fine Art. Makgekgenene was born in 1995 in Gaborone, Botswana and has lived and worked in South Africa since 2009.
Many of Leo’s works aim to rematerialize the metaphorical spaces in which we hold the taught ideas and memories that ultimately shape who we are and how we choose to present ourselves. The artworks become a way to break these spaces down and refabricate a space for unencumbered self-representation.
Leo’s work explores and interrogates self; it is an allegorical description of a personal journey through three spaces of being and represents its documentation with the surety and unabashed creativity of Neo-negritude. Makgekgenene’s work is a vibrant culmination of photography, photo-manipulation, live video, and animation, sculpture, costume making and integrated sound pieces.
Motlhokomedi Le Badisa |Digital Collage, Ed. 3 | 2018 | 60cm x 60cm
Considered one of South Africa’s foremost painters, Simon Stone was born in 1952 and currently lives in Cape Town. Stone graduated from Michaelis School of Fine Art in 1976 and later continued his education in Italy. Since 1978, he has exhibited widely, both locally and abroad. Considered the “poet” of inner-city Johannesburg, Stone was an important influence on, and part of a generation of, painters during the halcyon era of South African art during the eighties and nineties. Stone was the recipient of the New York City Award at the Ampersand Foundation in New York, USA in 1997. Prior to this, Stone was awarded a Lifetime Merit Award from the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1993. Works by Stone are included in major public collections in South Africa and internationally including the Smithsonian National Museum for African Art Collection, Washington.
View of City Deep from Fairview & Jeppe Street Post Office | Oil on Canvas on Panel | 2014 | 57cm x 46cm