*Please note that the pieces featured in these biographies serve as a mere overview of the artist's work. Actual artworks that will be on exhibition on the 1'st of September will be announced before the event.
Diane is known for her drawings and prints that explore social injustice, war, and corruption. Made using charcoal and candle smoke, her portraits of missing children are among Victor’s most esteemed works.
His work is represented in collections worldwide. He draws with passion, loves figure drawing and developed an incredible range on his last exhibition that leaves a lot of imagination to the viewer.
His goal is to create paintings that engage with matters beyond what is immediately visible, consciously and reflexively questioning the nature of spiritual identity as something deconstructed, created and tangible.
"I select found objects for their visual impact and for the stories they don’t tell. Each object retains its own secret past. Our own end, death and decay might be predictable and unavoidable, but we choose the paths we take."
“Texture and quality of line are the elements that hold the greatest interest for me. I remain fascinated by the idea that bits of paint smeared on canvas or paper can generate such illusion.”
Her art finds home in numerous private- & permanent collections, including the Pretoria & Polokwane Art Museums, the office of former president, Thabo Mbeki and the Zhejiang Provincial Dept. of Culture in China.
"Guidance from established artists had made a huge impact on my art. I am driven by an unseen force to recreate and share my experiences. There's very little motivation needed, I have to do it like I have to breathe."
In her recent paintings, she has been exploring painting with rust and patina as an everchanging image. She predominantly works with the ‘nomadic’ as a theme, exploring this within a South African context.
Her work deals with themes pertaining to the Jungian concept of the shadow-self, developing a familiarity in exploring the unconscious and subconscious parts of her human experience, imbued through personal symbolism.
Self exploration and determination by mainly studying the Old Masters, especially the Impressionists, was key to the development of her painting abilities.
“I am curious to uncover the countless possibilities of pigment, binder and solvent solutions and applications. I believe paint can reveal meaning in the seemingly meaningless, and value in the seemingly valueless."
The freedom to create resonates in all her pieces. Vera works predominantly with acrylic and mixed media on canvas, including elements like puzzle pieces and magazine quotes to create bright and colourful images.
“I don’t create an artwork inspired by how I feel or by any emotion. I simply create because I love to create. The end product usually attracts some kind of emotion or portrays an idea that is spontaneous, unplanned."
He has incredible talent sketching with dry pastels.
He also has a very strong surrealistic style and some of his works can be seen at his current exhibition at Trent gallery in Waterkloof.
“I hope to inspire people to become involved in the biggest social need in my community.” The 'Future of Hope' project is geared towards supporting foster parents with various creative and informative workshops.
GUY DU TOIT
His work has been exhibited extensively, both locally and internationally. He has been consistently supported by private and public collectors, institutions, academics and fellow artists.
To paint is to open my eyes to the wonderment and beauty of creation. I listen to the sounds in whispering trees and see the brightness of colour all around me and lose myself in the magnificence of creation.
She focuses on capturing thought-provoking moods that convey a relatable state of being. Charcoal and ink are always at home on her canvas and she’s constantly mixing and experimenting with various mediums.
With a mixture of humour and intellect, he attempts to express objects, animals and machinery in a buoyant, colourful way as well as provoking the viewer to reassess our world through his vision.
Through the many years of working with bronze he has mastered a technique which is very unique and that is to use the metal in molten form. He is a firm supporter of the idea that art must keep up with technology.
This book was specially created for Ingo-Luken. “My main inspiration came from the Koster family and their strength, wanting to create something special for them. They will always be an inspiration.”
Her work focuses on turning “slice of life” moments into narratives by complicating them in an illustrated or graphic, novel-inspired way. She uses various techniques and materials for her artworks.
Taught informally by his uncle, Muzondo subsequently joined National Gallery Workshop in Harare, Zimbabwe. He has studied textile design in Tanzania and graphic arts in Austria, and has exhibited worldwide.
A common theme is the link between the body, our biology and sociology. Within this context, symbols like cells, neurons, roadmaps and, skin becomes the iconography that she uses to communicate with.
I have moved from individual trees into the “forest”, into the collective, seeing the dark side in it and perceived it as a “magnet” into chaos, into that which is not understandable and where I do not want to be.
MERCIA VAN WYK
She dabbles with paint in an effort to re-connect with the actual processes of artmaking. The exploration of mark-making prevails, marks inspired by textures found in nature such as sea coral, rain, the trunk of a tree, etc.
Her oil paintings and ceramics became an expression of her love for art. Her keen sense of humour shows up in her artwork and may take the obsever all the way to the park and back.
He reinterprets the South African landscape though the lens of an Asian migrant. By representing well-known geographic locations, he hopes to open up a conversation regarding the meanings embedded within the landscapes.
Haupt’s signature is the flawed bumps and unresolved imperfections left intentionally to highlight the casting process. This trait gives equal importance to the method and medium as it does to the human figure portrayed.
She focuses on capturing moods that convey a relatable state of being. She executes this with a contemporary flair, and this creates a delicate balance between her styles.
He specialises in oil on CNC routed Valchromat or Medium Density Fibre board (MDF) as preferred medium. “I consider art as a self-learning tool and a way to keep stretching what I want to know of things.”
“The ocean became my subject of painting. It is a difficult subject to work with, but I love it. I'm continuously painting the sea and the landscapes of this beautiful world, as well as portrait commissions.”
With the use of CAD and laser technology Jaco creates shadow sculptures from mild steel. They express the landscape of the mind. He uses the skills and ideas of sequential art to allow the sculptures to tell a story.
Emotion is the force behind most of her work, this characteristic is also well portrayed in her use of abstract expressionism.
“I urge to explore and experiment; I delve deep inside while I create. I escape into a zone I only get to enter while working, unravelling stories, bursting out of my subconscious.”
Using subtle tones, executed with a contemporary flair, she creates a delicate balance between styles. Charcoal and ink are always at home on her canvas and she’s constantly mixing and experimenting with mediums.
I start a painting with a free, intuitive under-painting, over which I draw and paint the subject, allowing the under-painting to show through. I find exploring colours and textures in this way intensely satisfying.
Multiple printmaking methods are combined in each artwork. Themes include: technology, the history of computing, the relation of art to science and the binding of digital themes to traditional art methods.
Her works become united by a focus on the merit of memory of the seemingly discarded and often seen as useless aspects within contemporary society, tracing the presences of that which most of us would overlook.
She captures subtle relational moments. Her subject matter often depicts traditional culture within a modern world. She also expresses her love for nature through illustration using mixed media.
“In animation you want to understand forms, so drawing is the fastest way to communicate that. I want to master this art and then use it to tell imaginative stories from a South African landscape.”
Lerato is a textile and fiber artist specialising in embroidery and stitching. She lives on Vilakazi Street in Soweto, the historical significance of which has inspired her and features in some of her work.
“I love to create work that carries a positive message - spirit inspired, reflecting Heavenly Truths - releasing hope, touching and uplifting the heart of the viewer.”
She is a paper cutting artist who has been a member of The Paper Artist Collective (international group of paper artists) since 2016.
“I live in my art, through my art. It is an illustration of the inner journey, conflicts and ongoing search for answers surrounding the person, the experiences and the purpose of life. ”
A strong theme is the exploration of the liminal spaces and juxtapositions between frequently opposing concepts such as nature and technology, South African and Czech cultural mind, Us and the Other.
Children are her passion and for this cause, she has collaborated with children ages 4-7 to portray the workings of a child’s mind and their unprejudiced view of the world in creating their own fantasy environment.
She is constantly exploring possibilities of capturing not only the external vibrancy of a person but also mirroring their internal soul and personality. She daydreams about new ways to tell a story using her lens.
KRISTIE VAN ZYL
She has been privileged to spend time in the studio of local and internationally acclaimed artist Marie Vermeulen-Breedt, under whose guidance she has flourished.
The works are visual attempts to come to terms with the realities of states of violence, particularly in the context of migration, statelessness and ethnicity.
Nature is a great inspiration for her work and she lets emotion and human experience flow onto canvas in a way that will inspire passion in the minds and hearts of others.
Art has become a tangible expression of her passion for life and people. She strives to change lives through giving art classes and loves experiencing the transformation art brings to a person’s life.
MIMI VAN DER MERWE
Mimi is interested in how the body reflects mental and spiritual attitudes, how people interact with each other and the environment. She enjoys the brightness of colour and what shapes and textures can express.
DRIEKIE VAN WYK
“A hundred people can look at a facial expression and have various opinions on the emotions being portrayed. Yet, it is only the person himself that truly knows the emotion that lies behind it.”
BLOK MYSELF has given her the opportunity to combine her love for painting and passion for ceramics. Using traditional ceramic techniques I am able to express my ideas onto a ceramic canvas.
She is interested in depicting the exploration of collective human consciousness, narratives and interpretation of sensory experience. The process of making is indicative to the development of her subject matter.
She recently discovered her passion for palette-knife art, focusing on painting only with palette-knives and oil paint. Her hobbies have also expanded to pottery.