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Thembalethu Manqunyana at MOK Gallery – Stellenbosch

Thembalethu Manqunyana, young emerging and highly sought after artist from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, will be opening his solo exhibition, My Portait has Different Colours at MOK Gallery on Muratie Wine Estate outside Stellenbosch on Sunday 30 September at 11am. This will include an extraordinary performance piece by him. The exhibition will run until 25 October. Thembalethu was born in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape on the 3rd of September 1984. He completed Foundation Art Studies from P.E College in 2006, and his Fine Arts National Diploma majoring in sculpture and history of art at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) art department in 2011. He then continued to finish his BFA majoring in politics, art history visual culture and practical from Rhodes University in 2013. He is currently studying Performance art NMMU part-time. Thembalethu has several public sculptures and murals in and around Port Elizabeth that was commissioned and acquired by the NMMU. He’s had several solo shows with MOK gallery on Muratie Wine Estate outside Stellenbosch since 2016. Thembalethu’s work boasts a crude appearance. Fuelled by lived experience, he is very spiritual and paints from the heart. Thembalethu skilfully and purposefully brought together a host of disparate traditions, practices and styles to create a unique visual narrative. The artist exemplifies how emerging African artists today reintroduce the human faces and human figures in their work after the wide success of modern conceptualism. Inspired by abstract expressionism and cubism, Picasso and Jean Michel Basquiat, he went on to coin the term free form art to describe his style. Thembalethu is represented permanently by Cecile Blevi...

C’est la Vie / 8 – 17 June 2018

C’est la Vie is a group exhibition during the Fynarts Festival in Hermanus. Curated by Jozua Rossouw, the show compromises of invited artists and select artists and sculptors of the Rossouw Modern permanent stable. This year the works will be presented in two parts, extending from Rossouw Modern SPACE into the Rossouw Modern flagship gallery in Harbour Road, with some exciting works from Jozua’s private collection included. Participating artists: Adriaan S de Lange, Alex Hamilton, Andrew Barlow, Anton Smit, Ayanda Mabulu, Arabella Caccia, Beezy Bailey, Corne Eksteen, Gordon Froud, Hugo Maritz, Jono Dry, JP Meyer, Krisjan Rossouw, Obert Jongwe, Paula van Coller-Louw, Pieter van der Merwe, Schalk van der Merwe, Ruan Huisamen and Willie  Bester The galleries will be open every day from 9am – 5pm from 8 – 17 June and the opening will be Saturday at 1.30pm at Rossouw Modern SPACE. Drinks and canapes will be served. Please try and RSVP. Visit the Ces’t la vie page under Artists for a full catalogue – all images will be loaded by latest 4 June Here is a preview: Beezy Bailey (detail)   Arabella Caccia   Schalk van der Merwe   Obert Jongwe   JP Meyer   Corne Eksteen  ...

StJohn Fuller & Michael Meyersfeld – Taking the Time

  Taking the Time Comprising works from photographers StJohn Fuller and Michael Meyersfeld, the Taking the Time Exhibition is a departure from the standard portraiture and object photography. While the subject matter of the two sets of works is very different, there is commonality in approach. The artists look at spaces and people in a way that allows them, if we let them, to speak to us. They reveal something to us of ourselves or impart knowledge that is of great importance. Unfortunately, life being what it is, we do not allow ourselves the time to look or listen. In doing so we often justify our indifference or (in)actions with the most ill thought out arguments. At this time in our collective history in South Africa we find ourselves on a path filled with so much noise that we have arrived at a point where we are unable understand that each and every object, person, action is integral to our being – and we are rendered unable to act. We stop looking and listening. It may seem to be contradictory to say a space or a voice continues to exist regardless of our inattention, but yet it does so, and without our knowing it, the existence of that entity does continue to be a part of and influences our lives. The artists therefore ask the viewer to stop, to really take the time to notice, to adopt an alternative way of looking, of listening and to understand.   “Oracles” by StJohn Fuller  A collection of activists, of important South African voices; every day citizens who have chosen to take...

Arend Louw – In Limbo

  Solo Exhibition – In Limbo   Arend Louw’s Limbo denotes an intermediate state, something transitional. It’s a world where you are caught between two stages and it’s unclear what will happen next.   Most scenes Arend paint are in limbo, an intermediate state that will change as soon as the sun sets, or as soon as a building is demolished or a open field is changed into a concrete jungle, a fleeting moment, but transitioning. Most of his paintings are forgotten or ignored places, sometimes very remote, with his focus on seeing something beautiful in them. The words of William Kentridge rings true in his approach to his works: “It doesn’t matter what subject you take on, in the end whatever you do is going to be a self portrait. Don’t think you can escape yourself by your choice of subject matter.” In each painting there is something that intrigues Arend, something that resonates with his soul. The shape of the buildings, the colours of the sky or the contrast the shadows bring to the landscape so often seen, these are the things that mesmerize Arend, and what he paints.   Arend was born in 1983, grew up in the Cape and finished a degree in Theology in Wellington. He always had a keen interest in art but it was only in Wellington that he started working in oils. In 2012, after many years of painting and exploring in oils he decided to paint full time. He moved from Bloemfontein, where he was working in an art gallery, to the West Coast where he now lives on their...

Andrew Barlow – Enchanted

Andrew Barlow – Press Release   Andrew Barlow to enchant Hermanus   Andrew Barlow was born in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1970, studied Fine Arts at the University of Stellenbosch and completed his degree in 1992. Since then he has been a professional artist specializing in people and animal portraits in oil and charcoal. As part of his repertoire Barlow has done several portraits of Champion Racehorses and Stallions, including Jet Master, Captain Al, Pocket Power, Jay Peg, Bunter Barlow, and National Emblem. Being very involved in the world of Polo, he has done commissions of polo ponies, polo strings and polo teams in South Africa, England and America. Clients include Clifford Elphic, Lila Pearson, George and Clare Mountbatten, Marques and Marchioness of Milford Haven, Victor Vargas and Lyndon Lea. He has also done portraits of several racing silks, including Mary Slack and Gaynor Rupert. He has also done illustrations for the Robertson’s Bird Book of Southern Africa. Andrew has had several solo shows and participated in several group shows since the beginning of his career. Since 2015 he has focused his talent in drawing and painting more on the emotional state of the subject, and entice the viewer to experience or share a certain feeling, rather than question who the person in the portrait is. The emotional dimension of the work and the unique style in which he works has been a perfect union. With Enchanted, his latest body of work, Barlow creates large-scale charcoal drawings, which provoke the viewer into entering a world of curiosity and possibility. Not everything in the world is predictable and the scenarios created in these works...