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FynArts – Zapiro – Rossouw Modern – 10 – 19 June 2016

  The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword A collection of Zapiro’s most famous original drawings available to the public. Pieter-Dirk Uys once said ‘Zapiro ventures where comrades fear to tread’. That was twenty years ago and Zapiro still ventures through the political minefield that is SA politics, fearlessly tackling the most explosive issues. The Pen is Funnier than the Sword showcases some of his best original cartoons of recent years, many of which appear in his Rhodes Rage annual (2015) and some which will appear in his forthcoming annual, Dead President Walking. The notorious showerhead is ever-present along with his cronies the Guptas and his nemesis Malema. It’s the era of the hashtag. #RhodesMustFall begat #FeesMustFall, also #Racism/#Sexism and #ZumaMustFall. With Nenegate and SARS wars, it’s the rand that’s really falling. Meanwhile, Pravin and Thuli fight the good fight. Each cartoon is worth a thousand words and helps us make sense of our crazy, beautiful country where fact is indeed stranger than fiction. Out team at Rossouw Modern look forward to your visit....

FynArts – Bastiaan van Stenis – Rossouw Modern – 10 – 19 June 2016

  “Rogue” presents the latest body of work produced by Bastiaan van Stenis. Identifiable through his unique use of colour and texture, the artist provides audiences with a reflexive view of the world. His is an oeuvre that compels us to look and look again as he contradicts distinct, yet inextricably linked subjects through a montage of techniques and sound draughtsmanship. The exhibition is an unpredictable assembly of visuals inspired by nature. Bastiaan van Stenis imaginatively meditates on his surroundings and gives us a brief yet unwavering narrative of the environment and the animals and humans that inhabit this space. The artist relays a multiplicity of meaning through works such as The funeral for Colour, Fishbox and Colour confides where diversity is reflected in each work. His exploration of materials echo the duality of urban and rural landscapes and his un-division of human and animal forms is transparent in The Great Escape and Winterstand, where he creates morphing human animals that are both haunting and astonishing. Born in Cape Town, Bastiaan van Stenis is a self-taught artist who has developed his style through years of practice. He has been a leading artist at the Rossouw Modern in Hermanus since 2006 and has exhibited both locally and abroad with Oostloor Art & Objects in Prinsengracht, Amsterdam. A direct descendant of 19th century artist Thomas Baines, van Stenis grew up with art as an essential tool in his dialogue with the world. He began his art career at age 19 and was soon recognized by local art critics and collectors as one of the most promising contemporary artists. “Rogue” is his...