Pretoria-based artist Patrick Rulore (24) who is currently completing a National Diploma in Fine Arts at the Tshwane University of Technology, has been announced as the winner of the 2019 Sasol New Signatures Art Competition. He won the coveted award for his oil on canvas work titled ‘Stage 4 moments’.
“In the beginning of this year (2019), South Africa had to endure extreme shortages in electricity supply with electricity scheduled in stages. This painting portrays stage 4, signifying that the electricity of a large sector of the community has been cut off, ” he said.
The artist’s painting displays an image of his family gathering around a table in their house amidst load shedding, he captures the typical behaviour of his family during this period. The artwork celebrates the fact that all electrical devices are set aside during these blackouts, allowing the familis to interact with each other.
“This painting does not complain about load shedding, it rather celebrates dark moments given into by these circumstances. As soon as the electricity comes back, we resume our earlier activities in isolation,”
“I am fascinated by the complexity of the human body (male and female) and attempt to discover its magic on the canvas. I always endeavour to capture the emotions and spirit of each individual I paint. To achieve this I manipulate and play with colours, textures, paint and brush marks.” he adds.
As the winner of Sasol New Signatures, Rulore walks away with a cash prize of R100 000 and the opportunity to have a solo exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum in 2020.
Durban Master’s student, Luyanda Zindela, is the runner up for this year’s art competition with his pen, ink and graphite work on pine-board titled ‘Phowthah sis’ Mgabadeli’. In his work, he explored the limitless possibilities of a medium so readily available that it is often taken for granted. As runner-up, Zindela walks away with R25 000.
In addition to the two winners, five Merit Award winners were also announced, these winners are:
Nico Athene (Johannesburg)
Angelique Patricia Mary Bougaard (University of Johannesburg)
Cecilia Maartens-Van Vuuren (Bloemfontein)
Kgodisho Moloto (Polokwane)
Mlamuli Eric Zulu (Durban)