/ CURRENT Exhibitions
20 October 2017 till 8 November 2017
Malose Pete, an upcoming Pretoria artist, grew up in rural Limpopo before he started his studies at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in 2008. He majored in painting and sculpture and of his works was selected for the ABSA l'Atelier and Sasol New Signatures Art competitions in 2011 and the PPC Young Concrete Sculptors Awards in 2012.
His exhibition titled Preoccupied is presented in a music album format whereby some works are done in duet with artists he admires.
DELICATE BALANCE - sculpture by Sanna Swart and paintings by Lynette ten Krooden
13 October 2017 till 1 November 2017
For this exhibition renowned Pretoria artists Sanna Swart (sculptor) and Lynette ten Krooden (painter) combine their different ways of looking at and interpreting the environment. Both artists are acutely aware of the beauty of “the place we call home” and of the fragility and delicate balance between man and nature.
With this exhibition the artists want to honour the planet and bring an awareness of the sacredness of walking upon this soil. They are both interested in the ancient cultures who lived in harmony with the land and the fact that modern man has scarred and defaced this landscape. Both artists spend time in the abundance of undeveloped spaces and keenly examine and document Gaia (the ancient Greek goddess who presided over the earth) for their endeavours.
Sanna Swart works in forged stainless steel and Lynette ten Krooden has for many years experimented with gold and silver leaf in her oil based paintings. For this exhibition she also experimented with natural oxidations on mild steel, which brings a natural symbiosis between the materials of paintings and sculptures, emphasising the links by the use of form, line and texture.
The exhibition will be opened by the Akustika Chamber Singers on Friday 13 October 2017 at 18h30 for 19h00. The exhibition runs until Wednesday 1 November 2017.
An exhibition of paintings by Kobus Walker
6 October 2017 till 25 October 2017
Kobus Walker, a Pretoria based artist, was born in Rustenburg in 1971. After his studies at the Pretoria Technikon in 1992 he worked with fellow artist, friend and mentor Tivan van Dyk for almost 10 years. He started working as a full-time artist in 2007 and has taken part in different group exhibitions over the past years.
Kobus Walker's art is mostly theme based. Pickled Poetry was inspired by two aspects: firstly this quote by Leonardo da Vinci: Painting is poetry that is seen but not heard and poetry is painting that is heard but not seen. Secondly, by the idea of preservation. The combination of these two aspects creates the platform for this body of work. Painted wooden boxes become the symbolic preservation for his poems, combined with objects and birds. Birds become a representation of freedom but also add another dimension, namely sound.
He takes inspiration from the classical painters, like Rembrandt, Vermeer and da Vinci. By combining these portraits with contemporary ideas, it creates a new dialogue or narrative. He also takes inspiration from South African painters, like Pierneef's black and white linocuts. By incorporating South African birds with these wood/ linocuts, it creates a new dialogue with the viewer. His medium is oil on wood which is applied in thin layers of paint. The use of earthly colours and stipple technique shows the influence of Neo-Impressionism, where the use of small dashes of paint refers to pointillism.
Potter of the month
October 2017RIA SCHEEPBOUWER
Ria Scheepbouwer was a painter in oils and watercolours for many years until she was introduced to ceramics.
In 1989 she started painting her own designs on ceramics (including dinner services inspired by Picasso, Degas and Matisse), which became very successful and collected internationally. She regards her inspiration as life itself: “be inspired and inspire”.
Ria became a member of Ceramics Southern Africa in 2000 and started to enter exhibitions with her coiled earthenware vessels and sculptures. One of her sculptures was accepted for the International Exhibition at Artscape, Cape Town in 2001. In 2013 she won the Glazecor Award for three porcelain vessels.
Over the years I followed many workshops with renowned ceramicists to improve my techniques, mainly in porcelain clay. I try to achieve a thin wall so the work can be translucent. The work must have enough presence to make it worthwhile taking space in one’s life.
The exhibition opens on Sunday 1 October 2017 at 10h30 for 11h00 and runs until Wednesday 25 October 2017.