Rain Falling on the Rûens

John Newdigate & Ian Garrett

Medium:

Hand Painted, Glazed Porcelain, 2019

Dimensions:

36cm H x 55cm D

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ABOUT JOHN NEWDIGATE (1968 – )

“Informally schooled in the tradition on reduction fired stoneware from a young age, in recent times I have embraced my love of colour and specialised in hand-built underglaze painted, oxidation fired porcelain vessels depicting the world around me. Plants and animals are used to make wry commentary on human emotions and interactions. A very recently acquired large shuttle-kiln has enabled me to explore the possibilities of large-scale work, with encouraging results.

The ocean will always be an important recurring theme in my work, as a result of having a close relationship with it for most of my life. The sea has always fascinated me – not just the creatures in it, but also the interplay of light and water. From the ordered chaos of white horses on a choppy sea to the synergy of a school of anchovies – there seems to be enough inspiration in and around the sea and its shores to last many lifetimes.

My current location in a small town at the foot of a great mountain has led to the introduction of new terrestrial themes, and abstraction of form and colour.”

John Newdigate, 2018

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018    FLYING INTO THE WIND, NUWELAND GALLERY, NETHERLANDS

2016    SQUARE CLOUDS IN A HIGH SKY, EBONY/CURATED, FRANSCHHOEK, SOUTH AFRICA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019    INVESTEC CAPE TOWN ART FAIR, EBONY/CURATED, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2016    “8TH TALENT AWARD OF THE NASSAUISCHE SPARKASSE” KERAMIKMUSEUM WESTERWALD, GERMANY

2009    “POTTERS 4 FUNCTION”, IRMA STERN MUSEUM, CAPE TOWN

2008   GROUP EXHIBITION, GRANDE PROVENCE GALLERY, FRANSCHHOEK

2008   MIKE DONKIN’S CHOICE, DORP STREET GALLERY, STELLENBOSCH

2007   “GREENHOUSE EFFECTS” A.R.T. GALLERY, CAPE TOWN

2007   “NORTH SOUTH EAST WEST” CURATED BY BARBARA LINDOP, JOHANNESBURG

2006   DAVID WALTERS AND FRIENDS, WILLIAM HUMPHRIES GALLERY, KIMBERLEY

2006   RENAULT GROUP EXHIBITION, EVERARD READ GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG

2005   BARBAR LINDOP, INVITED RENAULT ARTIST EXHIBITION, UMHLANGA, KWAZULU-NATAL

2004   GROUP EXHIBITION, BAYSIDE GALLERY, DURBAN

2003   ROSE KORBER ART SALON, CAMPS BAY, CAPE TOWN

1999 – 2001 ANNUAL STUDIO EXHIBITION, KALK BAY, CAPE TOWN

COLLECTIONS

SOUTH AFRICAN CULTURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, CAPE TOWN

WILLIAM HUMPHRIES PUBLIC ART GALLERY, KIMBERLEY

RENAULT SOUTH AFRICA CORPORATE COLLECTION, JOHANNESBURG

ANGLOVAAL INDUSTRIES CORPORATE COLLECTION, JOHANNESBURG

ABOUT IAN GARRETT (1971 -)

Ian Garrett was born in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. He now lives and works in the Western Cape.

His masterful work has grown out of a life-long fascination with the primordial ceramic technology of hand-building, burnishing and pit-firing. Informed by expert knowledge of archaic traditions, Garrett’s nuanced, hybrid vessels appear both timeless and strikingly contemporary.

Original forms and highly refined, intricate surfaces characterise Garrett’s oeuvre, with glossy burnished areas contrasted against elaborate swathes of matt-textured linear motifs. Suggesting finger-prints, cartographic contours or magnetic force-fields, these lines appear to make visible hidden energies within the clay fabric.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017    ‘BEHIND THE LINES’, EBONY/CURATED, FRANSCHHOEK, SOUTH AFRICA

2013    ‘THE EARTH IS WATCHING US’, KIM SACKS GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

2007    KIM SACKS GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015    GYEONGGI INTERNATIONAL CERAMICS BIENNIAL, ICHEON, KOREA

2014    TAIWAN CERAMICS BIENNIAL, YINGGE CERAMICS MUSEUM, TAIPEI, TAIWAN

2012    ‘EARTH REVELATIONS’, AMARIDIAN GALLERY, MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, USA

2011    ‘CONFLUENCE: IAN GARRETT AND RAE HEARN’, IRMA STERN MUSEUM, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2010    ‘BARBARA LINDOP AT HOME’, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

2009    ‘UKUCWEBEZELA: TO SHINE’, FAULCONER GALLERY, GRINELL COLLEGE, IOWA AND INDIANA UNIVERSITY ART, MUSEUM, BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA, USA

2009    ‘JABULISA’, GALLERY ALOFT, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

2008    ‘WORLD CERAMICS: TRANSFORMING WOMEN’S TRADITIONS’, CARLETON COLLEGE, NORTHFIELD, MINNESOTA, U.S.A.

2007    ‘HOMAGE TO NESTA NALA’, UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

2006    ‘SANKOFA AFRICAN CERAMICS’, THE MANCHESTER MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER, U.K.

QUALIFICATIONS

1997    M.A.F.A. CUM LAUDE IN CERAMICS, UNIVERSITY OF KWA-ZULU NATAL

1994    POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN CERAMICS, UNIVERSITY OF KWA-ZULU NATAL

1992    B.F.A. IN SCULPTURE, RHODES UNIVERSITY

AWARDS

2015    SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE SMITHSONIAN ARTIST RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN ART, WASHINGTON DC.

2001    FIRST NATIONAL BANK SOUTH AFRICAN VITA CRAFT AWARD (1ST PRIZE).

1998    SOUTH AFRICAN POTTER’S ASSOCIATION NATIONAL AWARD.

1995    FIRST NATIONAL BANK VITA CRAFT AWARD (2ND PRIZE).

SOUTH AFRICAN POTTER’S ASSOCIATION NATAL REGIONAL AWARD.

SOUTH AFRICAN COLLECTIONS

SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL GALLERY, CAPE TOWN

DURBAN ART GALLERY

IZIKO MUSEUMS – SOCIAL HISTORY COLLECTION, CAPE TOWN

JOHANNESBURG ART GALLERY

NELSON MANDELA METROPOLITAN ART GALLERY, PORT ELIZABETH

PRETORIA ART MUSUEM, CORROBRIC COLLECTION

TATHAM ART GALLERY, PIETERMARITZBURG

VUKANI ZULU CULTURAL MUSEUM, ESHOWE

WILLIAM HUMPHREY’S ART GALLERY, KIMBERLEY

INTERNATIONAL COLLECTIONS

INDIANA UNIVERSITY COLLECTION, USA

UNIVERSITY OF ABERYSTWYTH COLLECTION, UK

PRIVATE COLLECTION OF HRH DUKE FRANZ OF BAVARIA, GERMANY

BOOKS

COETSEE, ELBE. CRAFT ART IN SOUTH AFRICA: CREATIVE INTERSECTIONS. 2015. JONATHAN BALL PUBLISHERS, JEPPESTOWN. PG 90-93. ISBN 978 1 868426 14 0

PERRILL, ELIZABETH. ZULU POTTERY. 2012. PRINT MATTERS (PTY) LTD, CAPE TOWN. PG 78, 79. ISBN 978 0 9802609 9 1

VON DASSOW, SUMI. LOW FIRING AND BURNISHING. 2009. A & C BLACK, LONDON. PG 24, 25, 54, 61, 63-65. ISBN 978-1-4081-0636-5

COETSEE, ELBE. CRAFT ART IN SOUTH AFRICA. 2002. STRUIK PUBLISHERS. PG 82 -83. ISBN 1 86872 768 8

SELLSCHOP,S, GOLDBLATT,W & HEMP,D. 2002. CRAFT SOUTH AFRICA. PAN MACMILLAN S.A. PG 77 & 81 ISBN 0 62029227 X

PUBLICATIONS

GERS, WENDY. 2012. OPENING THE TREASURE CHEST. ART SOUTH AFRICA VOL 10 ISSUE 04. SUZETTE AND BRENDON BELL-ROBERTS PUBLISHING. PG 54-59

GARRETT, IAN. 2008. BURNISHED VESSELS. CERAMICS TECHNICAL ISSUE NO. 26. CERAMICS: ART AND PERCEPTION, AUSTRALIA. PG 43 – 47

SELLSCHOP, SUSAN. 2007. INVESTING IN CULTURE VOL 3: CERAMICS IN SOUTH AFRICA. SUPPLEMENT TO CLASSIC FEEL MAGAZINE. DESKLINK MEDIA, SOUTH AFRICAN DEPT. OF ARTS AND CULTURE. PG 18 -19