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Archive 2013

A Portrait of a Young Artist Series: Transient

Posted on 16 December 2013

Our final edition for 2013 features The Michaelis Graduate Show 2013 marks the transition the students` face upon their entry into the art world beyond the institution.

A Portrait of a Young Artist Series: The contemporary value of the Visual Arts

Posted on 13 December 2013

This week's edition of the A Portrait of a Young Artist Series features the University of Stellenbosch Gradex Student exhibition.

A Portrait of a Young Artist Series: Unisa student exhibition gets tagged

Posted on 4 December 2013

The talent of the Unisa Pretoria Third Level Visual Arts and Multimedia Students Exhibition features innovative TAG which directs the viewer to a web page about the artist and the artworks.

A Portrait of a Young Artist Series: Some went mad, Some ran away

Posted on 25 November 2013

The first edition of the 2013 A Portrait of a Young Artist Series features the talent from the University of Johannesburg's Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA).

The Character of Concrete - PPC Young Concrete Sculptors Awards 2013

Posted on 15 November 2013 by Marilyn de Freitas

The PPC Young Concrete Sculptor Awards 2013 continued to show the innovative strides in the use of concrete as a fine art medium. This year emphasized the functional abilities of concrete as well as its aesthetic qualities.

When a farmer seeks a wife...Absa L`Atelier 2013 winner explores the culture of marriage

Posted on 26 July 2013 by Marilyn de Freitas

When a farmer is in search of a wife, the community is as much involved as the couple in question. Pauline Gutter`s Die Huweliksaansoek raises the question: does the farmer choose his wife on the same base that he breeds his stud bull?

Absa L'Atelier Awards 2013: Winners

Posted on 26 July 2013

The 2013 Absa L'Atelier Art Competition took place on 17 July 2013 and saw young talented South African artists tackling various societal and political issues.

The many faces of Lionel Smit

Posted on 12 July 2013 by Marilyn de Freitas

When one first looks at an imposing portrait by Lionel Smit, one is arrested by the sheer beauty of the subject of his close-up portrait. Like billboards, their faces capture your attention, the viewer constructs an imagined self in the painted anonymous personas.

Behind Craig Muller`s Ochre Curtain lies a new and unknown world

Posted on 13 June 2013 by Marilyn de Freitas

Behind the Ochre Curtain lies illusionary and anonymous images in a show of magical creations of unexpected hybrid creatures and dark mythological drawings created by artist Craig Muller.

The Objects on Karin Preller's Mantelpiece

Posted on 13 June 2013 by Marilyn de Freitas

Just Above the Mantelpiece sees Karin Preller`s return to still life in her characteristic 'photographic' way of seeing. Preller's use of photographic painterly distortion defamiliarise the objects offering viewer's a new world view.

Personal Fragments of Ronel Kellerman

Posted on 13 June 2013

Ronel Kellerman explores the different fragments of social realities, interested in how people interact with his/her surroundings, the specific, personal characteristics of a face and objects and settings that are intriguing.

Emma Willemse explores memory in dis(place)

Posted on 24 May 2013 by Mandy Conidaris

dis(place) by Emma Willemse represents the culmination of the artist's creative journey of exploration, research and art making spanning several years, including notions of displacement, loss, traces and memory.

Cry of the Iris aims to add an artistic voice to women's rights abuses

Posted on 23 April 2013 by Marilyn de Freitas

Pretoria High School for Girls (PHSG) launched an art installation "Cry of the Iris" consisting of over 2000 folded origami flowers in protest of women's rights abuses. The installation comprises of letters, drawings and slogans by pupils about how they felt about women's rights.

World Art Day 2013: Speak Up!

Posted on 16 April 2013 by Marilyn de Freitas

2013 marked the second celebration of World Art Day on 15 April to commemorate Leonardo da Vinci's birthday. Various artists, galleries, public institutions and museums from around the world were challenged to celebrate the arts.

Online scam targeting our artists

Posted on 16 April 2013

We have received information from our artists about phone calls and/or emails they have received from someone who claims to be from Google or has a "special relationship" or access to Google and is offering the top spot on Google rankings.

Art is a personal quest for quality: A look at 2013 art competitions

Posted on 8 April 2013

South Africa boasts various prestigious art competitions promising to launch the art careers of emerging artists into international acclaim. Artcoza explored what 2013 art competitions have to offer.

Fried Contemporary launches the first Fried Autumn Art Fair

Posted on 18 March 2013 by Marilyn de Freitas

Following the tradition of the annual Summer Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Fried Contemporary Gallery in Pretoria launched the first Fried Autumn Art Fair (FAAF) which encouraged a diverse range of artists in the various media.

There are witches among us - Roll Call explores society's perception of women

Posted on 7 March 2013 by Marilyn de Freitas

Roll Call is made up of a paper scroll depicting fifty-two drawings and inscribed with various references to the individuals who lost their lives in witch persecutions. Bredell discusses the binaries between good and evil and how society's confined beliefs based on hearsay and imaginary assumptions.

Angela Banks' Hybrid Identities

Posted on 6 February 2013

Amalgamating human and animal to create the hybrid satirical figure in her meticulous works, Angela Banks comments on the role of identity in today's society and how we portray our identity through masks and guises.

Say White? Derek Zietsman's Performing 'man' explores South African white masculinity

Posted on 25 January 2013 by Marilyn de Freitas

Derek Zietsman`s Masters exhibition Performing `man` focuses on how white South African male artists tackle whiteness. His works, primarily black and white prints, reflect an uncertainty around white masculine identity performativity within the complex South African society.

Take a walk down fantasy lane with artist Craig Muller

Posted on 9 January 2013

Craig Muller takes his audience into an alternate reality and offer them an entertaining and witty look at his world and views. His drawings and fable mechanical creatures seem childlike at first glance but upon deeper inspection, the works tackle underlying societal issues.


Highly detailed pastel portraits by Helena Hugo
New detailed ink drawings by Lebo Tladi explore fantastical nature scenes