News and Future Plans
News and Future Plans
Research Background/Current activity and Future plans: I have successfully completed my Masters degree in Visual Art (specializing in drawing) under the guidance of my supervisor Prof Elizabeth Gunter at the University of Stellenbosch (2014).
I am currently reading and focusing on doing practical and theoretical research towards starting my proposed future PhD study in Visual Art (specializing in drawing) through a University in South Africa such as UNISA under the supervision and guidance of Dr. Gwenneth Miller (UNISA, specializing in the sublime) and possibly also Prof. Philip Shaw (as possible co-supervisor or external examiner from Leicester University, UK). I am purposing to submit my application, including my research outline towards such studies in September/October 2018, proposing to register in January 2019 -. My current focus is the further development of my drawings with a specific research interest and focus on the sublime in its relationship and manifestation in and through suggestive drawing trace… Furthermore, I am also interested in exploring my drawings as spatial interventions in relation to specific physical carceral and architectural spaces…
Reflecting on 2017: Solo exhibitions
I completed two major solo exhibitions this year as part of preliminary research towards my proposed PhD in Visual Art, the first entitled: “Carceral Spaces: Anticipating the Sublime…” which was presented in July 2017 in the underground Reservoir Gallery at the Oliewenhuis museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa. (For further details regarding this exhibition please refer to my pages entitled “Solo exhibitions” on the website) The second solo exhibition of my charcoal drawings entitled “Carceral Spaces II: Anticipating the Sublime…” was presented at Lizamore & Associates Gallery in Rosebank, Johannesburg in October 2017. (as a follow up show to the preliminary solo show held at the Oliewenhuis museum)…
Awards for Solo exhibition: “Carceral Spaces: Anticipating the Sublime…”
Plans for 2018:
No current major plans towards any solo exhibitions in 2018, seeing that I am currently focusing on completing new more experimental drawings and reading towards the submission of my final Research Outline and preliminary proposal towards the submission of my final application towards my proposed D.Phil – Doctor of Philosophy in Art studies in October 2018.
Nevertheless, my drawing, entitled “Horizons of Hope II” purchased by the French Art collector, Pierre Lombart, will be exhibited at their booth in the upcoming Cape Town Art Fair on the 16th, 17th and 18th of February 2018 after which it will travel to St. Emilion in France where it will be exhibited for a more extensive period of time..
Community work: Drakenstein Correctional Services (Paarl, South Africa)
Which concerns my involvement with the establishment of some of my inmates’ art
At the end of last year, I received the delightful news that my drawing entitled “Simon of Cyrene” have obtained joint second prize (with the Italian artist Emmanuel Sartori) as one of the finalist works in the “Painting and Drawing” category of the International Celeste Art prize competition and final exhibition that recently took place in Milan, Italy in November 2015. Furthermore, one of my most recent drawings entitled “Waiting for Messiah” obtained second place as one of the 3 finalists’ artworks in the TABOO International Art competition and final exhibition held at the Poggiali & Forconi Art gallery in Florence, Italy in April 2016. In January this year I completed my exhibition period as one of the invited guest artists chosen from the 43 finalists of the Celeste Art Prize to exhibit some of my drawings at the Melia White House Hotel in London (U.K) as part of ARTROOMS 2016, an International Art Fair for Independent Artists. Concluding, one of my most recent drawings entitled “Procession: After the Citizens of Calais” was accepted by the jury of ARTBOX MIAMI 1.0 and will be shown at the art weeks in Miami in December 2016.
Presently, I am exhibiting of my drawings with a selection of self portraits (lino prints) of the inmates whom I teach (drawing and printing rehabilitation, skills and product development workshops) at the Sasol Art Museum (Stellenbosch, SA) as part of the group exhibition (curated by Elizabeth Miller-Vermeulen) entitled “100 Geographies”. This exhibition was planned in collaboration with the Geography department of the University of Stellenbosch and explores different aspects surrounding the notion of space. Each artist exhibiting their work explored this idea in their own particular way (eg. migration, human interaction – be it estrangement or inter-connectedness between people etc.). Coverage of this exhibition can be viewed on U-Tube through an interview which was conducted with the representatives/organizers of this particular exhibition on the program entitled “PRONTUIT” on Kyknet, which took place on the 4th of October 2016.
Currently I am working on a body of new drawings for my next solo exhibition entitled “Carceral spaces” which will be hosted at the Reservoir gallery of the Oliewenhuis museum in Bloemfontein in July 2017. The opening speaker will be Prof. Elfriede Dreyer (UNISA).
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