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 of MOK Gallery, and recently joined Rossouw Modern. He will have another solo exhibitions at GFI Art Gallery in Port Elizabeth in Ocogber 2018. Rossouw Modern looks forward to a solo show in early 2019.
His work has already been acquired by several corporate and private collectors.
Visit his artist page on this website for available works and RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to attend the exhibition opening
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)
Schalk van der Merwe
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 action. There are many important South African voices. This collection looks at those who have filtered through the noise, have identified a lack and chosen either in a big or a small way to take a chance, to look beyond his/herself.
The artist says: “A voice may call for a change. We may not hear that voice, yet ultimately the voice will bring about, even for a short time, an awareness that might cause a change somewhere. People may become more emboldened, braver, less concerned about what the impacts to their own lives will be in challenging the status quo. Yet without, stopping, looking, listening and ultimately taking the time to examine and reflect we may miss that chance to influence the change. We remain caught within the current, unable to change its course.”
Accessing the Encoded by Michael Meyersfeld
A collection of images past and present. At the time of taking, there existed a very clear understanding that these moments were important for the artist. While at the initial stages, the artist says he found it difficult to verbalize his intentions, but that time and understanding brought clarity.
The images are intentionally abstract, allowing a constant shift between cerebral, optical, and imaginative.
The artist reminds us of the Tate Gallery’s description of Abstract Art as that which does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect.
These images may be best described by Benjamin DeCasseres[i]:
… there are aesthetic emotions for which there are no corresponding thoughts, emotions that awaken the Unconscious alone and that never touch the brain; emotions vague, indefinable, confused; emotions that make whirlwinds and deep-sea hurricanes. “The Unconscious in Art”
[i] Benjamin DeCasseres (b.03.04.1873 d. 6.12.1945) was an American journalist, critic, essayist and poet. Described as “A Titan in an inkstand” by E. Saltus.
Rossouw Modern SPACE
8 Warrington Place, 8 Harbour Road, Hermanus
Opening: Friday 4 May 2018 at 5.30pm
Artist Walkabout: Saturday 5 May 2018 – between 11.30am and 3.00pm
Exhibition runs until 21 May 2018
Please RSVP by sending a email to email@example.com or calling +27 (0) 28 313 2222
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 family farm.
Arend had no formal art training which enabled him to develop his own specific style. Artists that inspire him are Clare Menck, Brahm van Zyl and the late Walter Meyer. He works from photographs he takes himself and in a palette he created himself.
His signature palette reflects a specific light that he captures, a light that makes the most mundane building or landscape explode with colour, a light that brings out the richness in a simple tar road and casts long shadows on old farm buildings. A rich light, usually referred to as the golden hour, although it actually lasts for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Rossouw Modern SPACE
8 Warrington Place, 8 Harbour Road, Hermanus
Opening: Friday 6 April 2018 at 5.30pm
Artist Walkabout: Saturday 7 April 2018 – between 11.30am and 3.00pm
Exhibition runs until 22 April 2018
Please RSVP by sending a email to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling +27 (0) 28 313 2222
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 hint at a life which can be peculiar and where the boundary between dreams and reality is blurred.
Barlow’s beautifully crafted drawings ask to be taken seriously but at the same time engage in light-hearted and quirky humour. He reaches beyond the pathos of everyday life and offers hope in the form of triumphant figures who toil to overcome daunting obstacles or simply survive the mundaneness of daily life.
The reference back to vintage photography and classical drawing pays homage to a time when traditional artistic qualities had a place in art and culture. These drawings provide the viewer with some of those qualities like beauty, craftsmanship and authenticity, and the intended effect the artist achieves is one of surprise and enchantment!
Andrew currently lives in Somerset West with his family but visits Hermanus often since the family has had holiday homes since his childhood. Rossouw Modern has represented him since 2015, and this is his first solo exhibition at SPACE.
Enchanted opens on Saturday 10 March 2018 at 1pm. This is the first solo at Rossouw Modern SPACE for 2018 and will be a grand affair not to be missed. With live entertainment, exotic canapés and the very best of local wines on offer, ensure you RSVP to be able to attend. Please email: email@example.com or call Jozua on 028 313 2222. The show runs until the 25th of March.
Opening: Friday 6 October 2017 at 5.30 pm
Duration: Until Monday 23 October 2017
Location: Rossouw Modern SPACE, Warrington Place, Harbour Road, Hermanus
Contact Details: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel:028 313 2222
“Mentor – 2 Visions “ is an exhibition showcasing the works of two very disparate artists that happenstance has brought together in the town of Hermanus, local artist Jenny Jackson (82) originally from England and the young Zimbabwean artist Obert Jongwe (34). The show’s purpose is to document the interaction between two people from completely different backgrounds and the influence they have on each other, both professionally and personally, illustrated through art. The positive growth between the characters is a testament to the fact that with enough effort and good will we can all become mentors to each other, even in a world where nepotism, racism, xenophobia and prejudice are rife. “Mentor -2 Visions” vividly demonstrates that, through the arts, we can empower and interact with each other to make a positive difference.
It was in 1995 that Jenny Jackson first heard, with amazement, the magic words that were to transform her life: “You are a painter, Jenny! Go home and paint!”
With no art training or experience, only a lifetime of studying the work of great artists in galleries and exhibitions, Jenny found herself painting.
Jozua Rossouw gave Jenny her first solo exhibition in 2011 and a second one a year later at the Rossouw Modern, both so well received that she was inspired to continue her artistic journey with total dedication
Today, in her own gallery in High Street, Hermanus, Jenny is at her easel every day. “I am lucky to have a studio at my gallery so I can paint AND meet people. For me, the huge benefit of selling my own work is the interaction with everyone who likes it as well as my clients!” Jenny’s main subjects are portraits, real and imaginary, and still lifes, in oil and making use of mostly a palate knife.
Jenny’s work now hangs in homes around the world; she was exhibited at the 2015 International Art Fair in London where one of her paintings was illustrated in the publicity catalogue alongside the works of famous artists such as David Hockney.
Born in a rural village in Northern Zimbabwe in 1980, Obert became interested in a drawing during his school years and, with limited information available, he started visiting galleries and learning as much about art as he could.
Inspired by the work of Zimbabwean artist, Tendai Nhavira, Obert started painting with the conviction that he was fulfilling his destiny. Inspired by the native scenes around him, he used vibrant colours and bold forms that reflected the moods of his subjects with a brutal honesty. From the very beginning, his work was highly regarded by galleries in both Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Since 2015, inspired by the people and surrounds in Hermanus, Obert’s subjects transformed to urban scenes and also some still lifes. Still in brutal honest conversation with the viewer he connects you through the familiar expression of movement, posture and placement of his subjects.
Obert & Jenny
Obert has been part of the Rossouw Modern stable since 2004 and was working towards a more contemporary style of painting when Jenny and he met in 2015.
Jozua suggested she mentor Obert. So she lent him thickly illustrated art books dedicated to the works of Classical and Impressionist artists and while encouraging him to retain his culture suggested experimenting with softer colours and a wider range of subjects, including still lifes. Meanwhile, inspired by Obert’s unusual receptivity and ever-evolving creativity, Jenny found herself being challenged to up her own game – leaving her comfort zone, to tackle larger canvases and being more playful with colour and topic.
Their artistic journey has already lasted several months and is set to continue into the future to the professional benefits of both painters. Conceived in November 2016, the exhibition ‘Mentor – 2 Visions’ is the direct result of that journey.
In anticipation and preparation of the show, a healthy competitive spirit has evolved between the two.
In June 2017 Jenny decided to let go 100% and allow the still life objects to find their own spaces. At the same time, Jenny was moving away from her famous blues to French grey backgrounds, which illuminated the newly emerging colour palette.
With the process Jenny used, having decided to allow the objects to go where they wanted, she found that when she was preparing the canvas with black primer, to her amazement the fruit and vegetables appeared in the negative as a negative of a photograph, soon she allowed different objects to appear in the artwork, what could be considered as peculiar objects, but gives the artworks an exciting edge. Jenny’s lifestyle and surrounds still influences the objects to appear which still leaves the viewer with a biographical footprint of who Jenny Jackson the Artist is.
Obert also had a major breakthrough in June. Following the mentorship of Jenny he confronted his own urban environment and civilization. He had found his new subjects. His process changed from a technical point of view, he was painting what he was thinking, he now makes sketches before he paints giving him a broader perspective. Under Jenny’s influence, he has softened his palette.
“It shows a new way of seeing things without being too challenging, appealing and elegant. Different from the still lifes for which I have became known for” Jenny Jackson
“It’s a progressive transformation, of who and where I am, to where I’m going. A visual silence where the eye is drawn, by isolating the characters, a sought moment in time rather than a complete storyline, a new world for me to explore.” Obert Jongwe
‘Deconstructive fragments in time/dreams/desires. These are works that reflect the dynamics between the final form and myself. I use my technical ability to create images; I then rely on the eye to dismember them, and intellect to reassemble them to complete the creation. Occasionally I use the overdrawn images to solidify the dialect in the work, and create a third element.” – Artist Statement
This collection of works on paper is an exciting new direction for Frans. With more than 40 years of experience in creating art, he faces the brutal honesty of a fragmented life in the 21st century, using himself as an occasional subject.
Between these fragments, the artist and society find their niche and acceptance in life and then continue to live in it. Frans connects these fragments with, sometimes, just a few intuitive lines, binding them together into perfect balance. This resembles the senses through which we evolve our reality and perceptions; it also reflects the way that we as humans can use different parts of our being to make up the whole.
Opening: Friday 01 September 2017 @ 5.30pm
Duration: until Monday 18 September 2017
The Universe Next Door is a group show of invited artists that Jozua admires. Artists include JP Meyer, Claude Chandler, Corne Eksteen, Floris van Zyl, and feature artist Vanessa Berlein. Sculptures by Anton Smit, Gordon Froud and Adriaan Diedericks
This collection of vibrant works by established South African artists is going to be the highlight of the Fynarts Festival.
The Universe Next Door is part of the 22 year Birthday Celebration of Rossouw Modern in Hermanus, and should not be missed.
From 8 – 19 June 2017
Open from 9am to at least 6.30 pm every day – Join us in Facebook to stay updated
More images of the artists works available on the Artists page under The Universe Next Door