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About The Artist

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Artist Biography

Vusi Beauchamp studied print making and painting at the Tshwane University of Technology and Graphic Design at Damelin. His solo exhibitions include Woordfees, Stellenbosch (2016), Paradyse of the Damned, Pretoria art museum (2015), and smoking cheese, Obert Contemporary, Johannesburg (2009). He has participated in group exhibitions at the Cape Town art fair (2016), Twenty: Art in the time of democracy, Pretoria Art museum (2015), protest, hazard Gallery, Johannesburg (2015), between Democracy, Constitutional hill (2015), Johannesburg Art fair (2015), Johannesburg Art Fair (2015) (2015), and Goodman Gallery (cape town) (2014).

Artist Statement

I would describe myself as being an artist, multimedia designer, and art director. For the last 12 years I have created artworks by means of painting, spray-painting and stencils to comment on social issues and on social issues and on the politicians and events that make up the south African social landscape. More recently I have used silk-screening in order to bring the content of the work (that is, critical observation of people and events) closer to a ‘media-based technique. These works are the artistic version of satirical journalism and social critique, often controversial. Humour is an important ingredient, and in plays, comic book genre, painting, and to depict simultaneously their stereotyping by the media. This dual vision (of looking at events both from the ‘inside’) reflects the way in which perception is shaped by the media and subsequently becomes reality, and affords the viewer a glimpse of contemporary local politics as well as lived experience in the urban jungle.

Solo exhibitions

  • 2018 Paradyse of the Damned, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • 2017 Whatiftheworld Gallery, Cape Town.
  • 2016 The Great Grotesque Woordfees, Stellenbosch
  • 2016 Terrorist, Kalashnikovv Gallery.
  • 2015 Paradyse of the Damned, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria.
  • 2009 smokin cheese, Obert Contemporary, Johannesburg

Selected group exhibitions

  • 2016 The Gallery at Glen Carlou Wine Estate, Cape Town.
  • 2016 Scramble for Africa, Kalashnikovv Berlin.
  • 2015 Protest, Hazard Gallery, Johanesburg
  • 2015 Fetish, Art Ec
  • 2014-2015 Twenty Contemporary Art from South Africa, North America
  • 2012 Tshayile, Platform, Pretoria
  • 2012 World Art Day, Pretoria Arts Association, Pretoria
  • 2011 FADA Gallery, Johanesburg
  • 2010 Fortitude, Platform, Pretoria
  • 2007 Duiwel in my huis, Outlet Gallery, Pretoria
  • 2007 Curated by Carinna Classens, Amsterdam
  • 2006 Stones and glass houses, TUT, Pretoria
  • 2006 Of want and desire, curated by Nadja Danke, Cape Town
  • 2006 Kaffirs paradise: fear of young black men, Gordart, Johannesburg
  • 2005 Absa Atelier finalist exhibition, Johannesburg
  • 2004 Centurion art gallery, Pretoria

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