Fine arts graduate Michal Kruger uses rugby as a metaphor to explore white Afrikaner masculinity. ...

The UCT Michaelis School of Fine Art's 2012 graduation exhibition opens tomorrow evening with live performances, refreshments, music, and art on view in over 30 spaces on the UCT Hiddingh campus....

[caption id="attachment_15220" align="alignnone" width="560" caption="Oerknal gestalt 1.1 Mixed Media on Fabriano (200grm) 105cm x 144cm"]Oerknal gestalt 1.1 Mixed Media on Fabriano (200grm) 105cm x 144cm[/caption] Hilde is a 4th Year Graduate at the University of Stellenbosch. This body of work, undertaken this year, has its roots in her previous three years of Fine Art studio practice. She tells us about her process and style, "Originally I worked with natural forms found in botanical subjects and the nude female figure. These subjects, through the media of painting and drawing, provided me with subject matter, form and content and I increasingly gravitated towards painting as my medium of choice. It provided the expressive freedom, fluidity and chromatic ranges that allowed me to progressively distil and abstract my subject matter. By the beginning of this year I reached a point where the gestural action and spontaneous processes of painting became more important than mimetic representation. My biggest challenge this year has been that of intuitively understanding the nature of my process. Balancing between the chance-accidental elements and conscious intervention remains a strong theme in my paintings – especially when such intervention also involves grappling with issues of beauty in art. Trying to discover and affirm beauty through abstract painting is a very difficult task; especially when contemporary theories of beauty seem divergent and sometimes even contradictory. I am very aware of the long and well-exploited tradition of abstract painting in the Modernist and Postmodernist worlds, and hope to develop my painting style in way that is truly personal, honest and expressive without submitting to artificial trends. Painting has become a process of self-discovery and given me the opportunity to paint who I am." Contact Hilde at hildealetmalan88@gmail.com
Nelson We're digging the work by Riaan Vosloo, an artist who's latest work has centered around the Cape Town neighbourhood Sea Point. Check out some more of his work below, and also the exhibition running at the AVA until the 24th of July. Walkabout & Talkabouts: Sat: 11/7, 11am Sat 18/7,11am
On these Saturday mornings I will be talking about the paintings, my processes, influences and motivation at the AVA. 35 Church St, CT CBD All welcome. I say the things of our time in a personal language. My work engages the whole of my being: not just the intellect, but also the emotional, psychological and spiritual. In keeping with contemporary trends I do not allow myself to become trapped in a single medium or discipline but moves freely between painting, photography, illustration, digital art and graphic design.
moral-guilt These are the latest work pieces we've received from fine artist Elmarie Lategan. Below you can find an artist statement about the latest work. We're not entirely sure when the work will be exhibited, but we'll be sure to keep you guys in the loop.
The way I see it your freedom of expression and available resources are the paraphernalia you need to produce work. I simply subtract and portray my life as being lived each moment in an emotive sometimes subjective way. Anything and everything can be my inspiration to a new idea and artistic concept.
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