Don’t miss the opening of Wilhelm Saayman’s solo exhibition In Season Five Everyone Dies at the Erdmann Contemporary Gallery.
“The show draws its inspiration from a fictional situation whereby the artist is the only survivor of a plane crash and is left alone on an island, painting his memories of the other passengers.”
63 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town
Starts 15 May
The Candlestick Maker by Paul Senyol
Shy Girl by Paul Senyol
The Butcher by Paul Senyol
Fancy Girl by Paul Senyol
The Baker by Paul Senyol
Akivivi by Wesley van Eeden
I’ve been away for a while and I’ve missed quite a few things including this exhibition by Wesley van Eeden and Paul Senyol at A word of Art.
So it’s a bit late, but here’s some of their beautiful work from their recent exhibition.
“Transformative explored the notions of reality in society in a constant stage of change. Van Eeden was taken by the idea of how something we do today will have a certain influence on the way we live tomorrow, next week, a month from now and for many years to come. Trying to grapple for a grasp on the present moment, we find ourselves in eternal stages of change. Senyol took a deeper look at the very fabric of his everyday life and those who orbit his existence as a starting point.”
Hugh Byrne is a young upcoming artist who works and lives in Cape Town. The city is where he finds his influence. After gathering images he breaks them down into simplified geometric forms and hard-hitting colours.
The brightly coloured artworks shine and are highly reflective. He uses layers of paints, resins and various coatings to get this effect, which is most effective.
The paintings are effective on their own but are often assembled so that they build and extend on each other until networks of them have spread across the walls.
He has been exhibiting around country and most recently at Salon91. Today he is taking part in the First/Thursday art walk and his work will be up at the New Heritage Gallery at 100 Shortmarket.
From 28 January – 23 February NIROX projects will be hosting Cape Town based artist Georgina Gratrix at Arts on Main, Johannesburg where she will be using the project space as her private studio. The work that she will be creating in this space (not the artwork featured here) will then be exhibited at the end of this period in an Open Studio exhibition from 24 February to 06 March 2013.
“Georgina is one of the most exciting and innovative young artists on the South African contemporary art scene. Part mocking, part criticism, part play, Gratrix’s work offers an inverted visual take on the world. Instilled with her youthful energy and personal experience, her work is refreshing, entertaining and complex.” – SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch
Artwork via SMAC Art Gallery
Adrie Le Roux
Adrie Le Roux
Adrie Le Roux
Kirsten SimsKirsten Sims
Don’t miss the enchanting Aurora all-female illustration show by Kirsten Beets, Maria Lebedeva, Adrie Le Roux and Kirsten Sims at Salon91 in Cape Town until the 23rd of Feb.
For the Summer Collection 2012 L’MAD presented beautiful pure silk scarves featuring artworks by leading South African artists. The artists included: Michael Taylor, Jan-Henri Booyens, Michael MacGarry, Titus Matiyane, Richard Penn and Jill Trappler.
“L’MAD – Lucy MacGarry Art & Design – is an arts-based production company that curates unique and limited edition collections in a variety of media.
Working directly with established and emerging African artists, L’MAD explores several concepts — at the forefront is the crossover between art, fashion and design and with it the juxtaposition of materials, scale and form.”
See all the scarves on the L’mad website.
via Mail and Guardian
Gráinne McHugh is a Cape Town based artist who mainly works with clay. “She creates ambiguous figures: beautiful, cute, fun, but also discomposed, ironic and muted. A range of every-woman doll heads has been her chief preoccupation.
Nomadic and self-taught she works like a magpie – finding the textures of an odd button, a soiled doily and throwaway scrap inspirational.”
“My work is really a series of mistakes, riffs and quirks.”
See more of her beautiful work here: http://www.grainnemchugh.com/
Follow her on Twitter: @GrainneMcHugh
Kevin Collins – Oil on canvass – 60 cm x 60 cm
A moments silence - Oil on canvass 60cm x 60cm by Kevin Collins
Mrs Matisse had a beautiful Family - Oil on canvas, 1 x 1 m. by Kevin Collins
Kevin Collins is an established artist and strategist who divides his time between Hyde Park and Greenpoint. He’s also a fantastic cook, an ex-Vega lecturer and a dead ringer for Stephen Fry, only more handsome.
Five things he likes:
1] The magical dessert tummy which emerges after great meals allowing one to tuck away a tasty treat even when full.
2] The slurping sound as one sucks up the last few drops of a lime milkshake especially in a Karoo town on your way to the seaside (without your mother threatening to klap you).
3] The suburban silence that settles over Johannesburg as we get over the 16th of December.
4] The smell of puppies – much like burnt pap in the early morning on a farm.
5] Any of the glorious paintings that Mark Rothko did for the Seagram building in NY (now in the Tate modern).
You can see some more of his painting here (some are still available).
If you missed the super talented Mr Jean de Wet‘s recent exhibition Tropic of Soda at A Word of Art then here’s a look at some of the work.
“The Tropic of Soda is a series of detailed drawings that explores and describes a remote cluster of islands, mutating and evolving for centuries off an unknown and mysterious coast. With the first records of this new and unknown ecology, Jean de Wet presents a strange and opulent word with his idiosyncratic use of dense and hypnotic line work.” - A Word of Art
Visit his blog or follow him on Twitter @jeandewet
ADRIE LE ROUX a very talented artist and illustrator based in Stellenbosch. She likes weak tea, Jane Fonda and marmalade toast.
Visit her blog for more illustration, photography and collages.
via Tamarin du Toit at http://www.iwantadodo.com/
via Illville Hotel
Two side plates for a ceramic group show: CHAMPAGNE for my real friends.
Christiaan Venter is a talented motion designer, animator and commercial director based in Cape Town, South Africa.
“The type of work I do covers anything from live action to a mixed media approach to animation. Drawing is my passion and my thought process is quite abstract. I always start to play with an idea on paper before it develops into a desired animation direction. I’m available to work on a freelance basis.”
Sanja Postic’s Temori Dolls are “toylike art pieces”. They are handmade and upcycled from all kinds of materials and each one is unique and one of a kind. She’s had several exhibitions in South Korea and last year she had an exhibition at David Krut Projects at Arts on Main, Johannesburg.
The dolls are currently available at Parts & Labour at Arts On Main in Jo’burg (upstairs next to a Goodman Gallery).
Tell us a bit more about yourself
I am a digital designer from Serbia with an architectural background. I’m a graphic designer who designs everything from interfaces to furniture and streets.
When I lived in South Korea, I traveled to Japan and other Asian countries. I discovered this world of characters, which is not only digital (as some people may think, considering that they are very technologically advanced), and not only anime. I fell in love with it instantly.
Where did you get the idea for the project?
For this project I invented a character Temori, which in Korean means ‘no hair’, and in Korea the idea of somebody being bald is very funny ^_^
So I ended up naming the project Temori Dolls. Each doll I make is unique which makes them collectible. I started designing/making them as a small miniature world of stereotypes and they developed into something more connected to contemporary art. How it will develop from there, I don’t know.
As a result of this I get hired to design all kinds of toys for kids’ books etc. I am very proud to say one thing: people who buy Temori Dolls are mainly artists or art collectors.
Have a look at Sanja’s blog for more: http://temoridolls.blogspot.com/
My friend Nicci Martin first told me about the talented local illustrator Alex Latimer. According to his Good Reads bio, Alex Latimer lives near the border of a national park so when not writing or drawing, he spends his free time shooing baboons out of his lounge.
His first children’s book, The Boy Who Cried Ninja, was published in April 2011. Between working on more books – he writes and illustrate for magazines, ad campaigns and family birthday cards.
His second picture book is out now – called Penguin’s Hidden Talent.
“It was great fun to work on, and it’s a lovely follow up to The Boy Who Cried Ninja. Basically its about a penguin who wants to enter a talent show – but can’t figure out what he’s good at. After trying a range of skills – including appliance juggling and alphabet burping, he happens on an awesome skill of his own.”
Prints of two of his illustrations are available online HERE.
Make sure you don’t miss Paul Senyol‘s much-anticipated first solo exhibition opening this April. He’ll be showcasing a collection of new paintings on paper, entitled The Man of Dust at Salon91 in Cape Town.
This body of work will explore our shared experience of the human condition in relation to the phrase:
“And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly man.”
His unique abstract style with its roots in Street Art, and inspired by great artists like Basquiat and Miró, remains open-ended, expressed through a visual language, which may be universally understood. In collaboration with Salon91 Senyol will also be publishing a highly collectable book that will catalog and form part of the exhibition and showcase the creative processes, drafts and thoughts behind the finished artworks.
MEDIUM: Abstract, mixed media paintings on paper.
26 April – 26 May 2012
Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection
Good luck Paul!