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Studio Raid
A selection of work from Mimi van der Merwe’s studio

17 May 2019 to 29 May 2019

 
Mimi van der Merwe is a much admired and beloved artist, well-known for her etchings, watercolours and drawings.  Her artistic career spans over many decades, from the Sixties when for the first time, she studied etching techniques at the Paris Ecole des Beaux Arts. 

This coming exhibition gives again evidence of her fine drawing skills and ability to create many sensitive images with a graphic fluency.  Also very important, her work shows her expert and masterful use of some intricate etching methods.  
 
An exhibition by Mimi van der Merwe is always a celebration of exultant and innovative talents and the Association of Arts Pretoria would like to salute her for the immense role she played in the Pretoria art scene.  From being exposed to the first light in the Swartland, to experiencing the reddening afternoon sun near the Magalies, Mimi’s career represents a life in the visual arts!  
 
The exhibition will be opened by Dr Hennie Smith on Friday 17 May 2019 at 19h00 and runs until Wednesday 29 May 2019 at 13h00

 

Gallery Chaton


Stephi Joubert
Quest of the heART


3 May 2019 to 22 May 2019
 
Pretoria artist, Stephi Joubert has spent most of her life in the quest for beauty and art.  In her long career she has experimented with various mediums: pencil, graphite, pastel, acrylic paints, airbrushing, oils, digital media, sculpting, scratchboard and lately claybord. She prefers the latter even though she has to import it from America since South African art stores don’t stock these versatile boards.
 
She has created in various styles including realism (depicting people, animals and landscapes) and abstract and has her works printed in two colouring books for adults.  She never had formal training, except for art classes at a local art studio.  In 2015 she held her first solo exhibition at the Pretoria Arts Association where she sold all her works.  In 2017 she had another exhibition at the same venue showcasing her clayboard works.  Her latest exhibition opens here and once again promises to be very exciting and of a high standard.
 
Stephi says:   “The dictionary defines QUEST as a long, arduous search for something. The non-medical definition of the heart is the central or innermost part of something.  Art is a window into this search.  Each line represents the thousands of different paths each of us takes in our search of the innermost pathway of our existence.  The heart, the spirit and the soul are intrinsically linked to this search and it is not surprising that the word heart contains the word ART.  Art, whether being created or enjoyed, is a part of each of us, a window to our quest and a steppingstone in making sense of it.”
 

Potter of the month


Alex Shabalala

Potter of the month:  May 2019
 
Alex Shabalala is the Association of Arts Pretoria & Ceramics SA’s potter of the month in May.  His exhibition opens on Sunday 5 May 2019 at 10h30 for 11h00 and can be viewed until Wednesday 27 May 2019.
 
Originally from KwaZulu-Natal, Alex Shabalala now works at a studio in Fourways, Johannesburg.  His work is “delicate and fun”.  Alex says he has always been tactile.  As a child he made toys out of waste materials.  He also often used to play with clay.
 
In October 2008, he joined Ardmore Ceramic studio, where he strove to translate print-making techniques into his clay painting and developed a unique graphic style.  In 2010, Alex was singled out to work extensively on designing a limited-edition range of dinnerware as part of Ardmore’s new venture, the Ardmore Design Collection.  The same year his design of African wildlife and flora was selected for the commemorative Relais & Chateaux Plate.
 
“In 2013 I came to Johannesburg with the hope of fulfilling my ambition as an artist.  Since I arrived here I had the opportunity to work with Bronwen Findlay running several mosaics projects.   Currently I own a ceramic art studio in Fourways Riverside View,” the artist says.
 
He works with earthenware clay and uses underglaze paint - which is waterbased - and then covers this with a transparent glaze before firing it in a kiln at between 1 000 and 1 100 degrees Celsius.  Because the glaze is subsequently covering it, such decoration is completely durable, and it also allows the production of pottery with a surface that has a uniform sheen.
 
The artist creates with three themes: Divine, Flora and Butterfly.  The Divine design is inspired by South African wildlife (white background), the Flora design by South African flowers (black background) and the Butterfly in a full design.  His creations are not only visually gripping, but can also be put to practical use.
 
Natuurkrag

etching | viscosity print

Natuurkrag
 

etching | viscosity print

Skoolsport

coloured etching

Windsurfers

coloured etching

Windsurfers

coloured etching

 

Snaakse dorpie

etching | viscosity print

Tweeling

drypoint

Queen goes to school

drypoint

 

Jack

drypoint

David Phoshoko

drypoint

Armstrong

drypoint

Timothy

drypoint

Teenager

drypoint

Mina

drypoint | aquatint

 

Zasa & Frieda

etching

Hartseer seuntjie

etching | viscosity print

Truth commission

etching | viscosity print

Village 3

etching | viscosity print

In the forest - the women

etching | viscosity print

Group

etching | viscosity print
 

Twee mense

etching | viscosity print

Mountains

etching | viscosity print

In Delhi

etching

Lettie

etching

Mayne

etching

Simon

Watercolour and ink

Lizzie

Watercolour

Kamogela

drypoint

Lucas

Watercolour

Toneel by Dullstroom
 

Watercolour

Township
 

Watercolour

Katrina

ink & jik

Bergtoneel

ink and jik

Eritrea
 

oil pastels

In Angouleme

watercolour

Dorp

watercolour and collage on handmade paper

Langs die rivier

watercolour

Huise

watercolour

Rangskikking

watercolour

In Johannesburg

printer's ink

In Amsterdam

printer's ink

Proteas

pastels

Regina

pastels

Kaelin

etching | aquatint

Spirit
 

ink & acrylic on canvas | 76 x 76

Soul

ink & acrylic on canvas | 76 x 76

Heart

ink & acrylic on canvas | 76 x 76

Soul window

ink & acrylic on canvas | 76 x 76

Special jewel of glass

ink & acrylic on canvas | 76 x 76

Precious soul

ink & acrylic on canvas | 61 cm x 46 cm

Twilight

ink & acrylic on canvas | 61 cm x 46 cm

Heartstring

ink & acrylic on canvas | 61 cm x 46 cm

Soul wounds

ink & acrylic on canvas | 30 cm x 30 cm

Thoughts in mind

ink & acrylic on canvas | 30 cm x 30 cm

Union

ink & acrylic on canvas | 30 cm x 30 cm

Embrace

ink & acrylic on canvas | 20 cm x 20 cm

Peace

ink & acrylic on canvas | 20 cm x 20 cm

Life

ink & acrylic on canvas | 20 cm x 20 cm

Splitting atoms

ink & acrylic on canvas | 91 cm x 122 cm

Animal peanut bowl - zebra

Animal sculpture set

Animal skins

Animal skins

Animal peanut bowl - giraffe and leopard

Heron

Flora lid urn

Large flower vase

Pangolin animal set

Porcupine animal set

Small wild dog platter

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