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Margaret Nel exhibits over four decades of work in major retrospective

A major retrospective exhibition by South African artist Margaret Nel will be shown at the Pretoria Art Museum from 15 October 2017 until 28 January 2018, featuring a selection of over 70 paintings, spanning a career of over four decades. The themes demonstrate progression in technique, subject matter and influences within Nel's career, while simultaneously tracing common conceptual motifs running through her entire body of work.


Art Exhibitions Opening This Week: 21 August 2017 - 27 August 2017

Posted on 21 August 2017 in News.

Your weekly guide to art exhibitions happening around South Africa.


August House is Dead, Long Live August House! The Story of a Johannesburg Atelier

Posted on 22 August 2017 in News.

Fourthwall Books presents the upcoming publication of Kim Gurney's August House is Dead, Long Live August House! The Story of a Johannesburg Atelier, a fascinating study of the role of the atelier and its artists in South Africa's fractious art world.


2016 Sasol New Signatures Winner Zyma Amien exhibits Real Lives and Ordinary Objects at Pretoria Art Museum

Posted on 17 August 2017 in News.

Previous winners of New Signatures competition are testament to the positive impact winning it has had on their artistic careers. Among them is Zyma Amien, Sasol New Signatures 2016 winner, who will be holding her solo exhibition in Pretoria from 31 August to 8 October 2017.


KZNSA launches Park Contemporary Gallery

Posted on 11 August 2017 in News.

A brand new exciting retail gallery will be opening within KwaZulu Natal's foremost contemporary art gallery, the KZNSA in Glenwood, to offer affordable, bespoke original art and collectables, formally opening to the public in mid August.


Highly detailed pastel portraits by Helena Hugo

Posted on 3 August 2017 in News.

Portrait paintings have historically been used to memorialized the rich and powerful. But South African artist Helena Hugo's pastel paintings feature the overlooked classes of society. After working for ten years almost exclusively in oils, she made a transition to the more direct medium of pastel creating highly detailed portraits of people - mostly South African labourers.


The Art Curator Gallery hosts fundraising event in support of the Cape Leopard

Posted on 17 July 2017 in News.

The Art Curator Gallery at Lourensford Estate has joined forces with The Cape Leopard Trust and esteemed South African artist Fuz Caforio Wildlife Art to host a high-calibre fundraising event in support of the ongoing efforts to protect the Cape Leopard and conserve its ever-decreasing natural habitat.


Sharon Sampson explores the cycle of life at Halifax Art

Posted on 6 July 2017 in News.

Moved by a series of incidents surrounding a well-nigh 100 year old oak tree in the artist's garden, Sampson explores the cycle of life - growth, maturity, decay, and most significantly, renewal and rejuvenation - occurring in nature in her new exhibition in Johannesburg.


Three-dimensional insect sculptures by Retha Buitendach

Posted on 24 May 2017 in News.

Retha Buitendach creates three-dimensional insects - small sculptures assembled from sticks, leaves, pods and seeds.These fantasy insects are very nearly real insects with both a common and Latin name.


Banele Khoza announced as winner of 2017 SA Taxi Foundation Art Award

Posted on 6 April 2017 in News.

Banele Khoza wins the 2017 SA Taxi Foundation Art Award with his work, Untitled (triptych), which comments on the complexities of so-called "African identity".


Danelle Janse van Rensburg's bleeding roots explores the interconnectedness of all life

Posted on 27 March 2017 in News.

Danelle Janse van Rensburg's latest solo exhibition, Bleeding Roots at Fried Contemporary in Pretoria, explores the 'interconnectedness' as well as the symbiotic role of the 'Mother Tree' with other younger surrounding trees creating a network of interconnectedness of all life.


Collen Maswanganyi film showcases life-changing opportunities of L'Atelier art competition

Posted on 22 March 2017 in News.

The power of the L'Atelier art competition to open doors for young, emerging artists and provide them with a platform to share their art with the world, is highlighted in a new short film on L'Atelier Merit Award winner, Collen Maswanganyi.


Rivalry to revelry: 2017 art competitions in South Africa

Posted on 15 February 2017 in News.

The "juried process" of art competitions is a necessary career step for emerging artists who want to be considered as a serious artists. Every year, art competitions around South Africa offer artists the opportunity to build and develop their artistic resume as well as win handy cash and other prizes. Art.co.za takes a look at what 2017 art competition opportunities are available.


Art Fairs and Festivals to see in 2017

Posted on 7 February 2017 in News.

Art fairs and festivals have become one of the premier means for artists and galleries to come together and showcase the best they have to offer to the art world notables who count - dealers, collectors, curators, agents, critics and the like. We at Art.co.za have created a handy guide to the South African art fairs and festivals in 2017.


Ruan Huisamen creates hyper-realistic drawings with technical expertise and artistry

Posted on 3 November 2016 in News.

Self-taught artist Ruan Huisamen's charcoal portraits show a mastering of the human form. His portraits are rendered isolated and largely decontextualized within time and space through their mostly dark backgrounds.


Sculpture-Bombing: Saadjies sculptures pop up in various cities

Posted on 13 October 2016 in News.

When one thinks of public sculpture, one always visualizes monumental landmarks depicting important figures. But the Saadjies project, initiated by Mathews & Associates Architects, challenges this notion and features travelling 180mm³ miniature sculptures photographed in various urban locations all over the world.


Audrey Anderson sketches everyday life

Posted on 6 October 2016 in News.

Audrey Anderson began sketching to "up-grade" her skills. Using her sketchbooks, she took her drawing outside the studio.


Franli Meintjies captures the sound waves of Pretoria

Posted on 29 September 2016 in News.

Pretoria artist Franli Meintjies' latest installation, The Noise We Make at the Association of Arts Pretoria features plaits of various shades of purple fabric creating an image that will resembles that of a sound wave.


Allen Laing creates a series of mixed media sculptural inventions

Posted on 11 August 2016 in News.

South African artist Allen Laing creates highly crafted artistic 'inventions' that perform interesting tasks. His interactive artworks made from everyday objects function as a new means to execute menial tasks, such as listening, seeing, smoking and taking a leak.


Majak Bredell creates hybrid figures of Mary Magdalene

Posted on 4 August 2016 in News.

Majak Bredell re-interprets Mary Magdalene through blending the sacred and profane, Christian and pagan, West and East, history and mythology. But - who was Mary Magdalene? Bredell answers this question through repeatedly re-creating and re-imagining her figure on various canvases, folio artist books and sketches.


Beautiful Imperfections in the Sculptures of Ruhan Janse van Vuuren

Posted on 28 July 2016 in News.

South African sculptor Ruhan Janse van Vuuren's unique figurative artworks are both technically apt and visually engaging. He models his sculptures from everyday people, each figure containing imperfections that draws one closer, creating works that are real and human.


Photographic work wins at 2016 Barclays L'Atelier Competition

Posted on 14 July 2016 in News.

Photographer Nourhan Refaat of Egypt tops the 2016 Barclays L'Atelier competition with her work July Tale, a photographic series that deals with relationships and how we interact in today's 'disconnected' digital age.


Absa L'Atelier 2016 Top Ten Finalists

Posted on 14 July 2016 in News.

The top 10 finalists of the 2016 Barclays L'Atelier competition


The Singing Rocks - Artist Jenna Burchell turns ancient rocks into songsmiths.

Posted on 23 June 2016 in News.

South African artist Jenna Burchell repairs ancient, fractured rocks found in the Cradle of Humankind combining "golden joinery" with technology and sound, creating site-specific golden sound instruments (songsmiths).


Unusual Ways to Showcase Sculpture at Home

Posted on 28 April 2016 in News.

Art lovers often consider their home as an immediate, enjoyable place to display their art so they can see it every day. Adding original sculpture to your home can take your interiors to another dimension but can sometimes be difficult to integrate into your existing decor. Art.co.za suggests six ways to add sculpture to your home.


Interesting Art Apps for Artists and Art Lovers

Posted on 21 April 2016 in News.

Smartphones have become an important part of artist's go-to tools. Whether it's a digital drawing tool; discovering new artists or galleries, or social networking, there is a plethora of smartphone apps on the market for creative minds. Art.co.za reviews 8 art apps.


South African Artists on Instagram You Should Follow

Posted on 14 April 2016 in News.

Instagram has become one of the Internet's most popular social networks, especially amongst artists. With over over 530,000 followers combined, we've compiled a list of the best South African artist Instagram accounts who offer streams filled with insights into the daily life of a professional artist.


10 Questions for Artist Anna-Carien Goosen

Posted on 7 April 2016 in Art View.

Anna-Carien Goosen is a full-time artist who has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions. She works in a variety of media including porcelains and enamels; children's book illustratation; sculpture and ceramics and 3D printing. But it is her paintings that creates a stimulating play between calculated planning and experience against spontaneous, accidental experiments. Art.co.za asked her 10 questions to find out more about her.


South African Artist-Run Galleries You Need to Know

Posted on 30 March 2016 in News.

Do artists make better gallerists? More and more artist-run spaces are growing around the world circumventing the structures of public and private galleries. We took a look at a group of independent South African artist project spaces recasting what a traditional gallery can be.



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