RETURNING THE GAZE
A selection of portraits by local artists
on view from 6 – 28 June 2019
This exhibition is a collection of portraits, not constrained by the need to depict, record or empower, but a compulsion to be captured or capture another, a moment their essence, their kinship or their beauty. A celebration of people!
“We ask you to cast a backward gaze, recognize some of the personalities portrayed, to reflect and recollect upon those who have influenced our lives. Ordinary people, icons or muses; portraits commemorate those who have broken the mould, set a trend, provoke us or embody personalities and can move us to view the world another way.”
It takes skill from a perceptive artist to achieve a human likeness in inanimate
matter and capture the imagination of the onlooker. The Illusion of vitality invested in a portrait defies change or decay, any expression of emotion is transfixed in time.
In recognising the identity and the relevance a portrait there has to be a personal response. The disposition of the viewer, their aspirations, culture, and religion, political or historical orientation will be engaged and contribute to the manner
in which a portrait is viewed.
Artists exhibiting include:
Tyrone Appollis, Tania Babb, Gregoire Boonzaier, Lesley Charnock, Patrick Cordingly,
Bill Davis, Sylvia de Villiers, Enslin du Plessis, Nora Fosie, Katrine Harries, Jeanne Hendriks, Hilary Iwanski, Barry Jackson, Niel Jonker, P.C. Janse van Rensburg, Estelle Kenyon, Robert Koch, Natalia Kononova, Boyce Magandela, Adolfo Mcque, Ashar Sandile Mhlongo, Mandisi Mncela, Ivan Mitford-Barberton, Kim Mobey, Xolile Mtakatya, Nola Muller, Makiwa Mutomba, Elijah Ndarama, Tendai Nhavira, Sophie Niemann, Lizo Pemba, Tracy Payne, Mareli Quenet, Veronica Reid, Ann Marie Roberts, John Robert, Alexander Rose Innes, Roelof Rossouw, Thulani Shuku, Solomon Siko, Velile Soha, Gerald Tabata, Johannes Meintjies, Meshak Thembani, Tyrrel Thaysen, David Thorpe, Judy Wepner, Judy Woodborne, Pieter van der Westhuizen, Gerbrand van Heerden, Laurel Zahn.
A selection of bronze sculptures by Maureen Quin
will be on show from 7th Feb. until 2nd March.
Maureen will be hosting a guided tour on Friday 8th & 15th Feb. at 11.30 am,
please r.s.v.p on 021 423 5309, we look forward to seeing you there!
“My sculptures are not conceptual works, they are the result of deep emotional responses to the world around me. They are triggered by human relationships and predicaments and they find expression through the human figure. It’s difficult to explain the creative path. I normally start with drawings and more drawings, where I compose shapes and forms and spaces between these: on paper and in my mind. I draw until I get under the skin of my subject – till I can “feel” that sculpture in me. After constructing the armature I concentrate on the shapes and forms in space – composition and silhouette – then suddenly the work takes on a life of its own – the emotional content starts to manifest itself – the dialogue begins, between myself and the sculpture. This dialogue is essential for me, it’s a tremendous process of discovery. An adventure into my inner self. The sculpture acquires a spirit and a personality. While I work I’m constantly looking at the composition in space – the tensions within the individual forms and the relationships between them … to me this is the essence of sculpture.”
“My art is my life, and to evoke a response from the viewer is to share part of my life.”
David Kuijers and Tania Babb
Rosemary Lapping Sellars will be opening the exhibition on
First Thursday Dec. 6 at 6.30 pm – work will be on view until Jan. 12
A MAN’S BEST FRIEND
As my art is not incomprehensible it is devoid of deep meaning and thus unsuitable for art-speak, but I will say this : I don’t know whether the words ” a dog is a man’s best friend” was originally spoken in jest , but I think it’s a profound statement.
Uncomplicated companionship between people is a rarity, between a man/ woman / child and a dog it is common. The impact of this uncompromising loyalty on the universal human experience must be huge.
I often (half) joke that when I moved to the country, I thought that I would meet lots of nice people – I didn’t realize I would meet so many nice dogs.
David has a background in illustration and design, and has been a full time artist since 1999.
Tania, born in Zimbabwe studied graphic design in Cape Town where she later apprenticed with Barbara Jackson in 1986 and has been exhibiting her work ever since.
‘I have lately found a new voice’, she discovers – ‘I have been very hungry for colour. Loud colour. Colour that hits you over the head. The surface must drink the light. A Matt surface drains light. My subject matter tends to be more supernatural, self confident animals rather than gentle people…. ‘
ANNARI VAN DER MERWE – ‘MY GRAND TOUR’
To be introduced by Vernon Head Sunday Oct.28 at 4.30 pm
Annari van der Merwe is an artist who lives in Cape Town. Her paintings are figurative with a narrative undertone. Oil is her favourite medium and she usually works on canvas. To achieve certain effects she will, however, use mixed media, including charcoal or pencil for drawing and acrylics for underpainting.
Her style is realistic, but her work cannot be described as realism as she has a penchant for composite images using diverse visual elements, sometimes giving her work an ironic or humorous, even surreal, twist. She tends to explore the same theme in series of paintings.
Her work is characterised by fine detail, an interest in spatial phenomena and speaks of rigorous craftsmanship. She often uses her own photography as reference material.
Annari grew up on a sheep farm in the Karoo. After matriculating in Cape Town, she spent a year in the USA as an exchange student. Subsequently she studied languages and literature at the universities of Port Elizabeth (now NMMU) and Rhodes and the Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands.
Her professional career in general publishing started as children’s book editor at Tafelberg. She is, however, perhaps better known as founding publisher of Kwela, an imprint of NB Publishers, and, later still, of Umuzi, now an imprint of Penguin Random House South Africa.
She started painting in 2014, under the tutelage of Greg Kerr. The Old Masters, whose work she presents in surprising new contexts, also serve as inspiration to her.
Join Annari for a tour of her work at 11.30 on Saturday Nov. 17
r.s.v.p by Tuesday Nov.13 email@example.com
Author Sally Andrew will be introducing Peter van Straten and B. Ernest Manfunny on First Thursday Oct 4. at 6.30 pm
The greatest conceivable goal of art is the reawakening of life-affirming truth in the viewer. It is therefore our fondest hope that the work that we’ve made for Hinterland might inspire others to embark on their own journeys to profoundly wild and quiet places. ~ Peter van Straten
As a romantic, I dream of a distant land, free and wild, full of mystery and adventure. Here time is replaced by space. I call this place Eden. Sometimes I actually go there.
The desire to create in this space is strong. I use abstract watercolour to express what I feel and experience. Then, with pencil, I add details of what I see. ~ B. Ernest Manfunny
On view until Saturday Oct.27
BEYOND KNOWING NATURE
a group exhibition by
Sophie Niemann, Hennie van der Berg and Anne Watt
opened by Johan Nel – on view until 28 Sept ’18
Emotion compassion meaning and beauty are pathways to experiencing nature.
It is believed that feeling connected with nature is beneficial to wellbeing and pro-environmental behaviour. What binds these artists is their love of the natural world and their unique way of expressing this.
“I aim to touch a wider audience who not only enjoy my creations, but who I trust form a connection with the wonders of nature, in the hopes of raising awareness to support conservation initiatives.”
Sophie Niemann is a British born artist who has lived in Africa for the past 20 years.
In 1996 she moved to Botswana with a in BSc Zoology where she became a field guide, wild life researcher, worked for a conservation community organisation and finally set up her own field guide training academy.
“‘Living in the Lowveldt I am faced with colour and light each day. The rural settings and vibrant clothes weave their way into my work. People ease into these scenes.
I have lived in Scotland, Papua New Guinea, Australia and South Africa. The colours have changed with each country, but now Africa is in my soul. When you paint with your heart, you know you are on the correct path.”
Hennie van der Berg
Nature, especially rock formations, mountains, clouds and trees are his inspiration. Hennie was born in 1949 in Bloemfontein in the Free State. Growing up on a farm, nature was life and life was nature. After studying at the University of the Free State he worked as a geologist for forty years. He is now a full-time artist.
Annual Wildlife Exhibition at THE CAPE GALLERY – a group exhibition
On view 30 July – 25th Aug, Featured on First Thursday 2nd Aug 6-9pm
Who has not sat at the fireside with friends and swapped stories of encounters with animals in the wild. Surely this is one of the oldest past times in the history of mankind. Travelers come from distant places to South Africa re-ignite the flame, to engage in the primal hunt with their cameras, to experience the bushveld and have a story to tell.
The preservation of wild places with their unique eco systems has become a challenge to the conservators today. In presenting images of wildlife the artist is often an advocate for the survival and maintenance of endangered species.
Scenes and events experience on Safari are so vivid, so visceral that it requires of the artist enormous skill to convey them with impact and daring. Recognition for those who achieve this is forthcoming and generous.
Noel Ashton, Lin Barrie, Heidi Burstein, Eugenia Campbell, Peter Diggery, Paul Dixon, Ant Fynn, Ann Gadd, Anthony Gadd, Peter Gray, David Hadaway, Margot Hattingh, Peter Höhsl, Barry Jackson, Robert Koch, Marinda Koch, Karin Kruger, David Kuijers, Mandy McKay, Adolfo McQue, Penny Meakin, Sophie Niemann, Nola Muller, Lisa Narramore, Makiwa Mutomba, Dino Paravano, Elizabeth Poulsom, Christopher Reid, Steve Shooter, Yvonne Sommeling, Frederike Stokhuyzen, Cobus van der Walt, Douw van Heerden, Gerbrand van Heerden, Ian van Zyl, Ron Waldeck.
Craig Paton-Ash, Jenny Hyde-Johnson, Ron Campbell, Alison van Zijl
Peter Midlane, John Moore, Marilyn Southey
Bowen Boshier, Sylvia de Villiers, Lisa Narramore
Chris Bladen, John Ellison, Penny Gawith, Peter Gray, Maureen Quin, Bridget Randall, Rosie Sturgis, Christine Suzman, Steve Tugwell, Boniface Chikwenhere, Louis Le Sueur
Ceramics and embroidery
Tania Babb, Keiskamma Project, Theo Ntuntwana
SURFACE AND INTERFACE
Annual Winter Solstice at THE CAPE GALLERY – a group exhibition
On view 20 June – 21st July, Featured on First Thursday 5th July 2018
In winter recreation brings new challenges. Wet weather drives us indoors and as the nights lengthen towards the Winter Solstice and we feel the chill. Soon earth’s orbit will take us towards the sun and the renewal of spring. It is a turning point, an antique cycle, primed in our memory and body clock.
The annual Winter Solstice exhibition at The Cape Gallery is a time of reflection.
Long dark nights subvert the rational light of day fostering desire and dreams.
It is time to curl up under the duvet with a good book and a glass of wine,
a time to let the imagination rove.
‘Surface an Interface’ suggests an intervention in the manner of ‘seeing’ –
superficially or with greater penetration – ‘below the surface’.
Artists on show include:
Tania Babb, John Bauer, Leon de Bliquy, Rachelle Bomberg, Anton Bosch, Mel Brigg,
Kitty Dorje, Derek Drake, Rae Goosen, Margot Hattingh, Julie Jana, Rainer Kohl,
Lambert Kriedermann, Christopher Langley, Rene le Roux, Charles Maleka, Odette Marais, Nicolaas Maritz, Phillip Mbusi, Peter Midlane, Ernest Manfunny, Sheila Petousis, Linas Petrauskas, Uwe Pfaff, Pamela Silver, Mandy Spiegel, Meshack Tembani,
Wilna van der Walt, Peter van Straten, Judy Woodborne, Annari van der Merwe,
Theo Vorster, Vuyile Voyiya .
“She walks the paths she paints”
a solo exhibition by Mandy McKay
To be opened by Ian Corder on Sunday 20 May at 5pm
On view until 20 June
‘I have heard Art defined as energy, the feat of an enquiring mind to enthuse the viscous matter of paint with spirit and life. Mandy has this magnetic energy which draws people to her and her paintings. She walks the paths she paints; climbs to reach a view point. Her paintings are an extention of herself. They breathe!’ (Gail Dorje)
Mandy McKay grew up on a farm near Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, where she was inspired by the beauty of the natural world surrounding her. After studying graphic design in the early 80’s, she pursued a career in advertising and later publishing.
In May 2007, Mandy picked up a paintbrush for the first time. She joined the South African Society of Artists in 2008 and has since exhibited regularly in their annual exhibitions at Kirstenbosch. In 2010, 2012 and 2013 she qualified for SASAs Merit exhibition, winning a ‘commended’ award in 2013.
Mandy exhibits annually at the Grahamstown National Arsts Festival.
People and Places – on view until 18 April
In rural South African culture a greeting is a formal recognition.
It can begin before people meet, at a distance, and slowly evolve into an extended exchange of formalities that include an inquiry into the health, circumstances and wellbeing of the other person as well as that of their relatives and other members of their community. Finally, when two people meet, the handshake is courteous and takes time. Only after these pleasantries does the business of the day come under discussion.
Today in the staging of a theatrical production for a multi-cultural audience substantive body language is key to a broad understanding of the narrative. So too in the visual arts canvas and paper become a platform for action and incident. The already established artists on this exhibition require a formal recognition. It can begin as the viewer understands the culture that informs each piece and takes time to recognize the significance of the actions and the symbolism portrayed. Participating Artists include:
Charles Maleka, Shepherd Mbanya, Vuyisani Mgijima, Xolile Mtakatya,
Sam Nhlengethwa, Malibongwe Shangase, Velile Soha, Theo Ntuntwana,
Meshack Tembani, Mandla Vanyaza, Voyiya Vuyile, Timothy Zantsi.
Helen van Stolk – The Gold that Binds Us
Helen’s Solo exhibition will be opened by Leslie Charnock on Sunday, 3rd September 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
duration of exhibition: 3rd – 30th Sept 2017
Van Stolk explores her intuitive response to abstraction within the figure and the landscape. She takes us on a sensory journey connecting us to the human form.
“Picture books are what I read… I did as a child and still do as an adult. I feel and think through images, far more than with sound and words. So I guess it is not surprising that it is through art that I express myself.
My work focuses on provoking a feeling, an emotion – be it in the figure or landscape. So much can be said with colour, line and shape. Colour, light, my surroundings and thoughts play themselves out onto the canvas.
My intuitive use of gold has led me to Kinsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold. It embraces the flawed or imperfect, making it beautiful for just that. It carries connotations of fully existing in the moment amid changing conditions. A physical expression of the spirit. Think of the image of a bowl, completely open, yet contained.
This analogy explains what I aim to achieve within my work, embracing the story, the picture book, the golden thread that runs through my work and my life.”
Dream now, dream not – the annual Winter Solstice exhibition
Duration of exhibition:1st June – 1st July 2017
Consider the drift of sleep where dreams, unbounded by the contentions and stark
realities of our waking existence, carry us to shores where strange fantasies cloak
What has emerged in 2017 is an opportunity for viewers to peep through the keyhole
to reveal fragments of the unconscious mind, a fascinating collection of artworks.
Jeremia Ackerman, Paul Birchall, Rachelle Bomberg, Derek Drake, Normand Dunn,
Lambert Kriedemann, David Kuijers, Christopher Langley, Jen Lewis, Carol Mangiagalli,
Bangikaya Maqoqa, Peter Meikle, Kim Mobey, Xolile Mtakatya, Mandy Spiegel,
Jan Uitlander, Wilna van der Walt, Peter van Straten, Judy Woodborne