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Archive 2014

A Portrait of a Young Artist Series: Producing Art(ists)

Posted on 11 December 2014 by Michaela Clark

In amongst the various openings and events of this year`s Cape Town Art Week, the 2014 graduating class of the Michaelis School of Fine Art found its launch both ideally timed and perfectly located. The show is peppered with exquisitely crafted works and installations that appear to celebrate the artwork as finished and finite object or product.

A Portrait of a Young Artist Series: Gradex 2014 looking forward

Posted on 8 December 2014 by Alésha Bredell

The 2014 Gradex exhibition displays the works by 40 students in diverse approaches and media combining three disciplines namely; fine arts, visual communication design and jewellery design.

L`Atelier 2015 entries opens up to Africa

Posted on 8 December 2014

South Africa`s most prestigious art competition, L`Atelier, has for the first time its 30-year history invited young and emerging artists from Botswana, Zambia, Ghana and Kenya to enter the 2015 competition.

Discover Stellenbosch - Art in the Eikestad

Posted on 4 December 2014 by Desré Barnard

Just fifty kilometres east of Cape Town, lies the City of Oaks. Stellenbosch boasts some of the world`s best wine farms and picturesque scenery as well as a wide variety of unique and quaint art destinations and attractions. This December, Stellenbosch will be offering diverse activities for any art lover.

On the Shoulders of Giants - a solo exhibition by Chonat Getz

Posted on 28 November 2014

Chonat Getz`s latest exhibition, On the Shoulders of Giants, a solo exhibition at Knysna Fine Art, explores the ability of mathematics to smash the "sublunary shackles that bind us to the mundane and we have peered through time and space at the great transcendent truths that underpin the universe".

How does one sell video art?

Posted on 24 November 2014

Over the years, mixed media including video art, has evolved in a fast and interesting way. My question is how does one sell video art and how would the art work be displayed in households if it was for private use?

A Portrait of a Young Artist Series: The prolific nature of Rhodes Fine Art Students

Posted on 14 November 2014 by Dave Mann

The Rhodes University fine art students aren`t really seen all throughout the year. Besides popping up for a few smaller exhibitions, they`re generally perceived as spending all of their free time sitting in front of canvases tentatively painting away, behind laptops tweaking multimedia works, or hunched over worktables in paint splattered, cluttered, studios. The Rhodes Fine Art Graduate Exhibition reminds us that the art kids most definitely have a presence here in Grahamstown.

From Paper to Print - Tenth Annual Group Exhibition by the Blue Door Print Studio

Posted on 14 November 2014 by Marilyn de Freitas

Printmaking has become a mode of creative production in the contemporary art market, creating a body of accessible and affordable artworks available to a wider art audience. The 10th annual Blue Door Print Studio group exhibition, held at Upstairs@Bamboo in November 2014, showcases works by distinguished and many new names presenting works that appeal to various tastes.

Three prominent woman artists celebrate Christmas at Association of Arts Pretoria

Posted on 14 November 2014

The Association of Arts Pretoria presents an exhibition in time for Christmas featuring exceptional artworks by three prominent woman artists, namely, Elizabeth Riding, Angela Banks and Loeritha Saayman.

A Portrait of a Young Artist Series: The Mixed Bag of the University of Pretoria Fine Arts Exhibition

Posted on 7 November 2014

Opening an exhibition on Halloween gives critics the opportunity to use numerous puns relating to horror directed to the artworks on display. The final year Fine Arts exhibition at the University of Pretoria boasted work that appealed to some, whilst others failed to enthral.

Little Creatures / Without Pedestals (Another Time, Same Place: The Re-evolution of Animals)

Posted on 22 October 2014

Sculptor Nicolene Swanepoel`s work focuses on animals and human-animal interactions. Her new solo exhibition, Little Creatures / Without Pedestals, shows more personal and intimate work.

Exploring Anthea Delmotte

Posted on 20 October 2014

Anthea Delmotte has always been interested in all forms of art, and especially in painting. Her inspirations are changing all the time and she sees herself as an eternal student of the arts.

In these portraits - Stuart Trent

Posted on 22 September 2014 by Marilyn de Freitas

"Portraits have powers quite different to pictures because they appear to us first as people before they revert to pictures." Stuart Trent began a collection of portraits, all with the same subject, himself, inspired by Belgian artist Francis Aly's Fabiola exhibition

Sasol New Signatures 2014 Finalists

Posted on 8 September 2014

The finalists of the 2014 Sasol News Signatures Competition. Read the judges comments on the selected finalists' artworks

Measuring humanity at Sasol New Signatures 2014

Posted on 8 September 2014 by Marilyn de Freitas

The 2014 Sasol New Signatures art competition was won by Elizabeth Jane Balcomb for her sculptural pieces from The weighed and measured series, I am you & Survival.

The Transcience of Tanisha Bhana

Posted on 7 September 2014

Armed with only a camera, Tanisha Bhana ventures into the derelict spaces of our urban cities and captures what's left behind in the landscape. She explores the immense social and environmental upheaval of our time.

Performing our fluid identities

Posted on 20 August 2014 by Marilyn de Freitas

Through our interactions with other people and with society at large, the body serves as a critical site of identity performance. Performing Wo/Man, curated by Derek Zietsman at the UJ Art Gallery explores performativity of gender identity in contemporary South African art.

The Visual Palette of Diane Mclean

Posted on 18 August 2014

The visual appeals to Diane McLean where she is inspired by way that light and shadow play on the objects and the background. interviewed Diane to explore what inspires her and what she has learnt from her artistic career.

Taking art outoftheCUBE: South African art online

Posted on 28 July 2014 by Marilyn de Freitas

Online art galleries throughout the world are beginning more and more to display artworks online with the purpose of promoting art and artists to potential buyers. The latest new startup, outoftheCUBE, offers artists the opportunity to exhibit their artworks through its online platform.

The Odds of the 2014 Absa L'Atelier Awards

Posted on 17 July 2014 by Marilyn de Freitas

The winner of the 2014 Absa L'Atelier award has been announced. Pretoria artist Liberty Battson emerged as the winner for her work, Odds of an artist like me, which explores and critiques the socio-economic dilemmas faced by artists.

Absa L'Atelier 2014 Top Ten Finalists

Posted on 14 July 2014

The Top Ten Finalists of the 2014 Absa L'Atelier Award.

Nine Philip Badenhorst Artworks Stolen

Posted on 5 May 2014 by Marilyn de Freitas

A total of nine oil paintings have been stolen by artist Philip Badenhorst from his home in Pretoria on the dawn of his latest solo exhibition.

For the Love of Creativity: New art competition by Longstreet Art Lovers Gallery announces its winners

Posted on 29 April 2014 by Marilyn de Freitas

The winners of the inaugural For the Love of Art Competition launched by Longstreet Art Lovers 1932 Gallery in Pretoria were announced on 24 April 2014.

To be an Artist

Posted on 31 January 2014

Finally, you have completed the rigorous training and study of BA Fine Arts degree. We have compiled a comprehensive list of tips to consider when launching your art career.


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