Matthew Hindley has extended his series of paintings, entitled 'Resurrection' exhibited at Everard Read in Cape Town last year with its focus on fire and destruction in a new body of work and has developed a slightly different stylistic methodology. His most recent body of work, 'Ruin Lust' at Everard Read in Johannesburg explores the fascination, even aesthetic beauty, associated with violence, explosions, and bomb blasts. In conversation with the artist, what became evident is that in his steering away from the merely 'pretty,' the artist wishes the viewer (and he himself) to confront the shadow side; that a recognition of one's lust for violence and chaos may in fact be cathartic. Tragedy in art may ironically lead to healthier or more profound living.
ART AFRICA spoke to Tamara James about photography, surface and and the body in her latest body of work 'Figures Within Outline,' which can be seen at Candice Berman Fine Art gallery in Johannesburg.
Situated in the small rural town of Huntly in the North East of Scotland, Deveron Arts is an international residency programme that was established in 1995 by director Claudia Zeiske, Annette Gisselbaek, and Jean Longley. Rather than occupying a defined space, Zeiske’s approach to artistic practice is to integrate artists into the small, albeit historic village, where artists are required to build an engaged, process-based project through site-specific processes within the town and the larger global community.
ART AFRICA spoke to South African artist Paul Blomkamp about his latest body of work, 'Quanta,' which will be on show at Objekt | Design | Art (ODA), Franschhoek from the 21 October - 19 November 2016. Here Blomkamp takes us through his history and working process, placing light and the 'electrical essence' of quantum science at the forefront of his practice.
ART AFRICA speaks to Sara Raza, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Middle East and North Africa – who gives us insights into her curatorial practice and contemporary artistic practices from the Middle East, North Africa and the region’s diaspora.
Originally published by Invisible Borders, this text by founder Emeka Okereke forms part of Borders-Within: The Trans-Nigerian Road Trip, which took place over the course of six weeks, beginning in Lagos on 12th May 2016. Through both a written and photographic record, this particular text tells of Okereke's respective conversations with two men, both of whom had experienced the Nigerian Civil War of 1967 - 1970.
Having recently exhibited his work at the Saatchi Gallery as part of the START Art Fair, London, ART AFRICA spoke to John Vusi Mfupi about his upcoming exhibition 'Ashes to Life,' which opens on the 29th September 2016 at Candice Berman Fine Art in Johannesburg. Here Mfupi speaks about his use of collage, the importance of education and the burning of schools in Vuwani, Limpopo.
ART AFRICA caught up with South African artist Johannes du Plessis to discuss his latest body of work, 'Imagine,' which will be on show at the Jan Royce Gallery in Cape Town from the 06 - 22 October 2016.
New art auction house, Aspire Art Auctions, launches its first auction on 31 October 2016 at The Park on 7 in Hyde Park, a stunning new white-cube venue, in which superior works of art will be superbly displayed to best effect.
“I am really excited and grateful for being asked to paint for this solo at ODA. The large double volume space of the gallery lends itself perfectly to every piece and compliments my work beautifully. My work for ‘A Moment in Time’, captures my personal philosophy to remain present in the now as well as expresses the esence of my work as an artist, visualising emotions with the help of paint, brush & canvas.”
Stephan Welz & Co's new Senior Art Speciailist Chris de Klerk has been involved in the art industry since a very young age, having purchased his first painting at the tender age of just 9. His love for the art industry has flourished ever since. At a professional level, de Klerk started as an assistant in the Edoardo Villa museum while studying at the University of Pretoria.
Paintings dominate the offerings in Strauss & Co’s forthcoming October sale in Cape Town, but there is a noticeable contemporary attitude about this spring auction. Two still life paintings by pioneering South African painters, Irma Stern and Penny Siopis, rank among the standout lots. Produced in 1947 and 1983 respectively, the two works capture Stern and Siopis at very different moments in their careers.