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Craig Müller born in 1969 is a South African visual artist based in Pretoria. He studied fine art at T.U.T. (formerly Pta Technicon.) and is now an established artist known chiefly as a sculptor working in metal. He also for his work in ink on paper as well as the occasional painting in acrylic on board.

His work covers a broad range of subjects and with a mixture of humour and intellect. He attempts to express objects, animals and machinery in a buoyant, colourful way as well as provoking the viewer to reassess our world through his vision. His work includes mechanical attributes with a similarity to observations of the physical world. Also any deterministic theory or a venture into chaos which might interact with this world, a closed system and a hope for exit.

He uses non-reproducible processes i.e. directly on canvas, paper or by combining and joining metals and wood. His work influences itself, by creating forms, entities and techniques new to him. He then re-uses, revisits and improves.

He has been occupied mainly with commission work involving decorative installations, exclusive furniture and sculpture for private residences up until 2008.

He has exhibited work at art galleries which include many group participations in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town. He has had varoius solo exhibitions at U.J. Contemporary gallery, Longstreet Art Lovers 1932, the Tina Skukan Gallery and the Pretoria Association of Arts Gallery. He has also exhibited alongside Diek Grobler at the Innibos art festival in June 2012.

At present, his passion for expression overrides his existential dilemma, a hardware conflict of sorts. A constant shortcoming of technique, a blazing array of possibility and then a shorthand rendition of ambitious projects. The humbling experience of observation, perception and then to execute and express will be always rewarding.

Artist CV

Born in Pretoria 1969

Education

  • 1987 Matriculated Lyttleton Manor High
  • 1989-1993 Pretoria Technikon Fine Arts

    Employment

  • 1987-1989 South African Air Force
  • 1993-1994 Construction at formwork and scaffolding company
  • 1995 Jewellery manufacturing
  • 1995-2005 Domestic installations, custom metalwork and various private art commissions
  • 2005-2006 HR at fuel and service station
  • 2006-2008 Domestic commissions and fine art exhibitions

    Exhibitions

    2019

  • SQuantum Eraser 2019 at Longstreet Art Lovers 1932 Gallery, Pretoria

    2016

  • Matchbox Typhoon at Association of Arts Pretoria

    2015

  • Storm Brain Republic at Longstreet Art Lovers 1932 Gallery, Pretoria
  • Art Competition at Longstreet Art Lovers 1932 Gallery, Pretoria (Merit Award)

    2014

  • Mechano Black at Association of Arts, Pretoria
  • For the Love of Art Competition at Longstreet Art Lovers 1932 Gallery, Pretoria (Visitors Choice Winner)

    2013

  • Behind the Ochre Curtain at UJ Contemporary Gallery, Johannesburg
  • Armada at Longstreet Art Lovers 1932 Gallery, Pretoria

    2012

  • Featured artist alongside Diek Grobler at the 2012 Innibosfees art festival
  • Solo show at Aardklop, Potchefstroom
  • The End of Days Variety Reminder, Solo exhibition, Tina Skukan Pretoria

    2009

  • Easter exhibition Tina Skukan Gallery Pretoria
  • Exhibition with Martin de Kock, Tina Skukan Gallery Pretoria
  • Arts Alive/WHPS group exhibition Pretoria
  • Two works selected for Sasol New Signatures exhibition
  • Exhibition with Angie Banks, Tina Skukan Gallery Pretoria
  • Rooftop exhibition curated by Gordon Froud
  • Birds of a feather, SA Arts Association

    2008

  • Arts Alive/WHPS group exhibition Pretoria
  • HAPP Gallery Pretoria
  • Aardklop with Gordart Potchefstroom

    2007 Voir, Brooklyn Square Pretoria

    1999 School of Practical Philiosophy Johannesburg

    1993 Sasol New Signatures

    Collections

  • Works represented in various private collections
  • 1993 Works selected for trophies at government Agricultural Board

    Commissions

  • Domestic installations (including furniture and sculpture)
  • Custom design and manufacture of exclusive furiniture nor for reproduction
  • Custom design and manufacture of doors and doorways
  • Outdoor sundials and starclocks


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