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Spier Arts Trust The Creative Block is geared towards enabling artists of both established and emerging talent.

We facilitate opportunities for artist career development via, among others, The Creative Block and Qaqambile Bead Studio and recognise art as a key visual language which we believe can drive social transformation. Provided with 18cm x 18cm blank blocks, to be transformed in any media, the benefits for participating artists are numerous. They include; earning an immediate income for works that mee

We facilitate opportunities for artist career development via, among others, The Creative Block and Qaqambile Bead Studio and recognise art as a key visual language which we believe can drive social transformation. Provided with 18cm x 18cm blank blocks, to be transformed in any media, the benefits for participating artists are numerous. They include; earning an immediate income for works that mee

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Thank you to everyone who contributed to make 2022 memorable!Wishing you a safe festive season and prosperous 2023
19/12/2022

Thank you to everyone who contributed to make 2022 memorable!
Wishing you a safe festive season and prosperous 2023

๐—•๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—”๐—ฟ๐˜: ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—”๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐˜๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ (2022) by ๐—–๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜†๐—ถ Acrylic paint and oak (wood) 220 x 3...
14/12/2022

๐—•๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—”๐—ฟ๐˜: ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—”๐—ฟ๐˜

๐˜๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ (2022) by ๐—–๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜†๐—ถ
Acrylic paint and oak (wood)
220 x 310 mm
Spier Arts Trust Collection

Making a career out of your art can be daunting and fraught with setbacks. For many artists success seems to come through trial and error and a huge amount of luck. But would you rather be doing anything else? Probably not. Art is first and foremost a way of being, and artists are one of those few groups of people that get to do every day what you are passionate about.

Yes, it is necessary to promote your work so that more people know what it is you do, and to support yourself financially you do need to sell work. But before all of this remember that creating a thriving art practice comes from passion, talent and hard work supported by a positive and determined mind set.

In these times of social, economic and political distress it is so easy to slide into self-doubt and uncertainty. Therefore, it is so important that we focus on moving forward, being proactive and thinking clearly. While you look for possibilities or new creative avenues to follow, think in terms of abundance and give yourself permission to have fun and to thrive, and always look to raising the bar in terms of conceptual thinking and technical proficiency.

Wishing you all a creative and uplifting holiday season.

๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€:
H. D. Bhandari & J. Melber (2017) Art/Work, Free Press
L. Congdon (2014) Art Inc. Chronicle books, San Francisco
R. Davis and A. Tilley (2019) What They didnโ€™t Teach you in Art School, Ilex UK



Dick Enthoven (30/11/1937 โ€“ 2/12/2022) Our founding father believed that excellent art should not be accessible only by ...
12/12/2022

Dick Enthoven (30/11/1937 โ€“ 2/12/2022)


Our founding father believed that excellent art should not be accessible only by the privileged few, but available for everyone to enjoy: โ€œBrilliant artistic expression and its civilising qualities are not the preserve of select cultures and classes, but gifts of human talent that should be accessible and all-embracingโ€ฆideas that liberate our collective imagination are possible through the arts.
It is because of our great belief in the amazing creativity of South African artists that we continue to invest passion and resources to promote South African artists nationally and internationally.โ€ - Dick Enthoven


to all artists and friends who have shared wonderful personal stories and notes of gratitude during this time.

RSA 365 by Shaun Gaylard Spier Old Wine Cellar Daily 09h00 to 17h00 (free entrance) Opened 9 December 2022  In 2020, Sha...
12/12/2022

RSA 365 by Shaun Gaylard

Spier Old Wine Cellar
Daily 09h00 to 17h00 (free entrance)
Opened 9 December 2022



In 2020, Shaun Gaylard executed one drawing of a prominent South African building, bridge or tower, every day. This project (RSA 365) was driven by an ambition to generate a publication that would plot out, chronologically, the architectural developments of cities, functioning almost as guides to explore them.


The 365 drawings include architectural landmarks in different cities in , revealing how the country developed and cities evolved. Gaylard visited most buildings and worked with photographic references, historical documentation of buildings, and combined this with studies of them via Google Earth. This multimedia approach allows Gaylard to understand the logic driving the design of an edifice, which he best tries to translate through his precise lines.

 in water miscible oil paint and textile on Medium-Density fibreboard (MDF) available for sale, email info@spierartstrus...
09/12/2022

in water miscible oil paint and textile on Medium-Density fibreboard (MDF) available for sale, email [email protected] to enquire.

๐—š๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ณ (1970 -) lives and works in Cape Town, Western Cape, .

GFI Art Gallery Presents Creative Block Exhibition from 9 December 2022 until 4 February 2023
08/12/2022

GFI Art Gallery Presents Creative Block Exhibition from 9 December 2022 until 4 February 2023

Artwork on the move โ€“ transporting artwork in tubes ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ญ (2019) by ๐—š๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ณ Watercolour, oil and ink on board...
07/12/2022

Artwork on the move โ€“ transporting artwork in tubes

๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ญ (2019) by ๐—š๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ณ
Watercolour, oil and ink on board
400 X 700 mm
Spier Arts Trust Collection

2-dimensional unframed artwork can be transported either flat or rolled up in a tube.

Tubes are best for smooth works on paper like photographs and drawings. It is not recommended to roll textured works on paper or paintings, as the paint surface or textured areas can crack and flake when you roll them up, permanently damaging the work.

Take care with your work...folds and creases detract from its value and can be easily avoided. When using tubes, it is worth going the extra mile by using a smaller inner tube and an outer tube.

The inner tube should be wider than the artwork and paper rolled over it ensures extra support, preventing dents and folds. To prevent the artwork from sliding around inside the outer tube during transport, ensure a snug fit by wrapping it in bubble wrap (with the bubbles facing out!). Slide this roll into a second tube then seal the ends securely with cardboard and tape.

Artwork should never be stored in a tube. When the rolled artwork reaches its destination, it should be unwrapped and gently flattened out immediately.



References:
H. D. Bhandari & J. Melber (2017) Art/Work, Free Press
L. Congdon (2014) Art Inc. Chronicle books, San Francisco



๐˜•๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜”๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ด (2015) by ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—ž๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฒ Oil Paint on canvas  1 385 x 3 465 mm  Part of the Hollard Collection  Dr....
05/12/2022

๐˜•๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜”๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ด (2015) by ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—ž๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฒ
Oil Paint on canvas
1 385 x 3 465 mm
Part of the Hollard Collection

Dr. David Nthubu Koloane (1938 - 2019) was one of South Africaโ€™s important modern and contemporary artists. He was a pivotal figure of artistic making, writing, curating, teaching and mentoring. He was also a critical founding member of historical cultural institutions like the first Black Art Gallery in 1977, the experimental Thupelo Workshop in 1985 and the Bag Factory Artists' Studios in 1991.

Koloaneโ€™s work tends to the psychological and spatial violations of the apartheid era in South Africa that affected Black South Africans then and still does today. In his own words: โ€œMy concern in sociopolitical matters and contributions to the furtherance of disadvantaged black South African artists during and after the apartheid era is evident. My work can be said to reflect the sociopolitical landscape of South Africa both past and present. The sociopolitical conditions created by the apartheid system of government have to a large extent transfixed the human condition as the axis around which my work evolves. The human figure has become the icon of creative expression.โ€

Using everyday township scenes as inspiration for his artwork  aims to show the world his community lives through his wo...
29/11/2022

Using everyday township scenes as inspiration for his artwork aims to show the world his community lives through his work.

In this exhibition, which is the culmination of the 2022 Nandoโ€™s Creative Exchange programme, four artists โ€“ Tanja Truscott, Sifiso Temba, Simon Venter, and Velile Soha โ€“ investigate their relationship to water.

โ€œMy artwork is grounded in reality,โ€ says Soha. โ€œIt is the reality of life in urban townships and poor rural communities that can be harsh but poignant and jubilant at the same time. My artwork is colourful and vibrant. My art is filled with real people and with real situations, including our relationship with water on a daily basis.โ€

See more of Velileโ€™s work at Nandoโ€™s Creative Exchange: 1 December 2022 until 12 January 2023 .za

The Subject matter that most excites Simon Venter is portraiture, as a self-taught artists Venter acquires his skills an...
28/11/2022

The Subject matter that most excites Simon Venter is portraiture, as a self-taught artists Venter acquires his skills and knowledge from trial-and-error while seeking advice from books and online resources, the only formal training he received was during his high school years.

His ambition with his art is to create something that is true to who he is as a person. Venterโ€™s preferred medium is oil yet also works in graphite, soft pastels and charcoal.

โ€œI believe water has an essential role in healing the mind, body and soul. It has represented different models to humans...
24/11/2022

โ€œI believe water has an essential role in healing the mind, body and soul. It has represented different models to humans such as source of life, purification rituals and restoration. In these works I use character, emotions and colours to depict spiritual growth and enlightenment.โ€ says Sifiso Temba

See more of Sifiso's work at Nandoโ€™s Creative Exchange: 1 December 2022 until 12 January 2023 .za

Tanja paints from a place of intuition and intrigueโ€œI am motivated by the energy of water - the way it moves and sounds:...
23/11/2022

Tanja paints from a place of intuition and intrigue

โ€œI am motivated by the energy of water - the way it moves and sounds: falling, running, trickling โ€ฆ The energy water has- both stored and released - informs my mark making.
Using different tools and media I work quickly and intuitively, layering lines, colours and shapes.
At a certain stage the painting starts to take a life of its own. It suggests a direction and I try to follow it. I never know where the painting will end up and it is this that I love. The process intrigues me. It keeps me on my toes. I am naturally curious and the way I work suits me - I donโ€™t know what will happen next.โ€ Tanja Truscott

See more of Tanjaโ€™s work at Nandoโ€™s Creative Exchange: 1 December 2022 until 12 January 2023 .za

Youโ€™re invited! Nandoโ€™s Creative Exchange is back for this yearโ€™s exhibition AVA Gallery ( .za) The exhibition title is ...
22/11/2022

Youโ€™re invited!

Nandoโ€™s Creative Exchange is back for this yearโ€™s exhibition AVA Gallery ( .za)

The exhibition title is โ€˜/หˆwษ”หtษ™(r)/. The 2022 participating artists, Tanja Truscott, Sifiso Temba, Simon Venter, and Velile Soha investigate their relationship with water.

๐—™๐—”๐—–๐—ง: water covers 70% of our planet; it is easy to think that it will always be plentiful. However, fresh water is incredibly rare - only 3% of the worldโ€™s water is fresh water and two-thirds of that is tucked away in frozen glaciers or otherwise unavailable for our use.

Thank You to our partners: .za for enabling this artist career development programme.

 in acrylic paint, oil paint and acrylic ink on Medium-Density fibreboard (MDF) available for sale, email info@spierarts...
18/11/2022

in acrylic paint, oil paint and acrylic ink on Medium-Density fibreboard (MDF) available for sale, email [email protected] to enquire.

๐—–๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ท๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜†๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—บ (1979 -) lives and works in Cape Town, Western Cape, .

๐—•๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—”๐—ฟ๐˜: ๐—”๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ โ€“ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐Ÿญ ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜–๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด (2020) by ๐—–๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ท๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜†๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—บ Oil paint on canvas 910 x...
17/11/2022

๐—•๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—”๐—ฟ๐˜: ๐—”๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ โ€“ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐Ÿญ

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜–๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด (2020) by ๐—–๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ท๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜†๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—บ
Oil paint on canvas
910 x 610 mm
Spier Arts Trust Collection


It is important that you treat your work with the utmost care, especially once it is sold. Accidentally folding an unstretched canvass or bending the corner a piece of drawing paper can quickly devalue the artwork. A scratch or scuff mark on a sculpture can deter from the overall impact of the work and can be avoided so easily. Careful handling in the studio will prevent damage and so too will proper wrapping when you need to transport work.

Different shapes and materials call for different wrapping techniques.

For sculptural and other 3-Dimensional work consider the following suggestions:

Minimize the chance of dirt and dust by cleaning your workspace before you begin

When handling works with painted surfaces wear cotton gloves to protect from the oil on your hands

First cover the artwork in acid-free archival tissue paper

Then cover the work in bubble wrap or other stronger packaging. Use tape that you can easily be seen

tape deteriorates quickly and can damage the surface of artworks so make sure none comes into contact with the piece

Pay attention to all corners and edges, giving them extra reinforcement

Use a box in which the sculpture will fit comfortable with at least 10 to 15 cm on all side to accommodate packaging.

Make sure that the work sits in the middle of the box and all extra space is filled with packaging to prevent any shifting.

๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€:
H. D. Bhandari & J. Melber (2017) Art/Work, Free Press
L. Congdon (2014) Art Inc. Chronicle books, San Francisco
R. Davis and A. Tilley (2019) What They didnโ€™t Teach you in Art School, Ilex UK

๐˜›๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Ž๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต (2004) by ๐— ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ฎ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ธ๐—ฎ Oil paint on canvas  1827 x 1335 mm  Part of the Hollard Collection, currently on dis...
14/11/2022

๐˜›๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Ž๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต (2004) by ๐— ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ฎ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ธ๐—ฎ
Oil paint on canvas
1827 x 1335 mm
Part of the Hollard Collection, currently on display at the Stables, Hollard Campus

Mustafa Maluka (1976 - ) explores themes of migration and human emotion. His work is informed by his own experience, being forcefully displaced as a family during the apartheid years of South Africa.

Mustafa painted his first portrait as a teenager living with his parents; it was a portrait a holocaust victim from Auschwitz. Back then, he couldnโ€™t fully understand the brutality of the holocaust, but he could connect with and relate to the emotions the manโ€™s face carried. These were the emotions he saw on the faces of people in the township he grew up in.

Maluka currently lives and works in Turku, Finland.

โ€The faces of the characters in my portraits have a distinctive gaze, which speaks to the emotional consonance and dissonance that accompanies rupture and forced human migration. I was born into discord and otherness. My family and 3.5 million other non-white South Africans were forcefully moved to ghettos after being ethnically cleansed from areas declared whites-only during apartheid. Rather than victims, the characters I paint are survivors.โ€ - Mustafa Maluka

 in acrylic paint on Medium-Density fibreboard (MDF) available for sale, email info@spierartstrust.co.za to enquire.  ๐—•๐—ผ...
11/11/2022

in acrylic paint on Medium-Density fibreboard (MDF) available for sale, email [email protected] to enquire.

๐—•๐—ผ๐˜†๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฎ (1979 -) lives and works in Cape Town, Western Cape, .

๐—•๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—”๐—ฟ๐˜: ๐—š๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜—๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ (2019) ๐—•๐—ผ๐˜†๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฎ Acrylic pain...
09/11/2022

๐—•๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—”๐—ฟ๐˜: ๐—š๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป

๐˜—๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ (2019) ๐—•๐—ผ๐˜†๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฎ
Acrylic paint on canvas
1 300 x 1 500 mm
Spier Arts Trust Collection

Having an exhibition involves more than just hanging your artworks on a wall and hoping that they sell. It is an important opportunity to remind the art market that you exist and to promote your work.

When working with a gallery or curator it is tempting to leave all the admin to them but there is much you can do to help make your exhibition a success.

Be proactive and communicate early with the organizer or curator and diaries all important dates including delivery dates and times, install and de-install dates, opening night and when press releases and invitations are needed by. Donโ€™t rely on the gallery to remind you of these dates but rather have the material ready ahead of time if possible.

Have photos of current work available as soon as possible and make invitations in advance to email to your contacts to promote the show. Expand your invite list by researching who you could invite like curators and gallerists but also local artists.

Most importantly make time to be sure that your website, artistโ€™s statement and bio are up to date.

At the exhibition be present and willing to talk about your work and if possible organize a walk-about to encourage people who might not have been able to make the opening to visit the show.

After your exhibition add new contacts to your mailing list and thank people for attending. Remember to thank the curator and gallery staff.

๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€:
H. D. Bhandari & J. Melber (2017) Art/Work, Free Press
R. Davis and A. Tilley (2019) What They didnโ€™t Teach you in Art School, Ilex UK

๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜š๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต (2014) by ๐—๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป Hand spun, hand dyed mohair produced by Stephens Tapestry Studio 2 10...
07/11/2022

๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜š๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต (2014) by ๐—๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป
Hand spun, hand dyed mohair produced by Stephens Tapestry Studio
2 100 x 2 800 mm
Edition 1 of 5
Part of the Hollard Collection, currently installed in the Great Hall, Villa Arcadia

Judith Mason (1938-2016) was a South African artist who worked in oil, pencil, printmaking and mixed media. Her work is rich in symbolism and mythology, and displays a rare technical virtuosity; sometimes imbued with lyrical and poetic overtones and informed by the poetry of Christopher Smart and Wilfred Owen.

For her tapestry collaborations, Mason did not merely use existing artwork as the starting point, but designed specifically with the weaving medium in mind. Unusually she was fully involved in the collaboration process; she did all the tasks of converting an artwork to a weaving, right up to the cartoon annotation (the last task before the actual weaving commences).

Judith Mason said: โ€œI paint in order to make sense of my life, to manipulate various chaotic fragments of information and impulse into some sort of order, through which I can glimpse a hint of meaning. I am an agnostic humanist possessed of religious curiosity who regards making artworks as akin to alchemy. To use inert matter on an inert surface to convey real energy and presence seems to me a magical and privileged way of living out my days.โ€


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Thank you to everyone who contributed to make 2022 memorable!
Wishing you a safe festive season and prosperous 2023
๐—•๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—”๐—ฟ๐˜: ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—”๐—ฟ๐˜

๐˜๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ (2022) by ๐—–๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜†๐—ถ
Acrylic paint and oak (wood)
220 x 310 mm
Spier Arts Trust Collection

Making a career out of your art can be daunting and fraught with setbacks. For many artists success seems to come through trial and error and a huge amount of luck. But would you rather be doing anything else? Probably not. Art is first and foremost a way of being, and artists are one of those few groups of people that get to do every day what you are passionate about.

Yes, it is necessary to promote your work so that more people know what it is you do, and to support yourself financially you do need to sell work. But before all of this remember that creating a thriving art practice comes from passion, talent and hard work supported by a positive and determined mind set.

In these times of social, economic and political distress it is so easy to slide into self-doubt and uncertainty. Therefore, it is so important that we focus on moving forward, being proactive and thinking clearly. While you look for possibilities or new creative avenues to follow, think in terms of abundance and give yourself permission to have fun and to thrive, and always look to raising the bar in terms of conceptual thinking and technical proficiency.

Wishing you all a creative and uplifting holiday season.

๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€:
H. D. Bhandari & J. Melber (2017) Art/Work, Free Press
L. Congdon (2014) Art Inc. Chronicle books, San Francisco
R. Davis and A. Tilley (2019) What They didnโ€™t Teach you in Art School, Ilex UK



Dick Enthoven (30/11/1937 โ€“ 2/12/2022)


Our founding father believed that excellent art should not be accessible only by the privileged few, but available for everyone to enjoy: โ€œBrilliant artistic expression and its civilising qualities are not the preserve of select cultures and classes, but gifts of human talent that should be accessible and all-embracingโ€ฆideas that liberate our collective imagination are possible through the arts.
It is because of our great belief in the amazing creativity of South African artists that we continue to invest passion and resources to promote South African artists nationally and internationally.โ€ - Dick Enthoven


to all artists and friends who have shared wonderful personal stories and notes of gratitude during this time.
RSA 365 by Shaun Gaylard

Spier Old Wine Cellar
Daily 09h00 to 17h00 (free entrance)
Opened 9 December 2022



In 2020, Shaun Gaylard executed one drawing of a prominent South African building, bridge or tower, every day. This project (RSA 365) was driven by an ambition to generate a publication that would plot out, chronologically, the architectural developments of cities, functioning almost as guides to explore them.


The 365 drawings include architectural landmarks in different cities in , revealing how the country developed and cities evolved. Gaylard visited most buildings and worked with photographic references, historical documentation of buildings, and combined this with studies of them via Google Earth. This multimedia approach allows Gaylard to understand the logic driving the design of an edifice, which he best tries to translate through his precise lines.

in water miscible oil paint and textile on Medium-Density fibreboard (MDF) available for sale, email [email protected] to enquire.

๐—š๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ณ (1970 -) lives and works in Cape Town, Western Cape, .

GFI Art Gallery Presents Creative Block Exhibition from 9 December 2022 until 4 February 2023
Artwork on the move โ€“ transporting artwork in tubes

๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ญ (2019) by ๐—š๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ณ
Watercolour, oil and ink on board
400 X 700 mm
Spier Arts Trust Collection

2-dimensional unframed artwork can be transported either flat or rolled up in a tube.

Tubes are best for smooth works on paper like photographs and drawings. It is not recommended to roll textured works on paper or paintings, as the paint surface or textured areas can crack and flake when you roll them up, permanently damaging the work.

Take care with your work...folds and creases detract from its value and can be easily avoided. When using tubes, it is worth going the extra mile by using a smaller inner tube and an outer tube.

The inner tube should be wider than the artwork and paper rolled over it ensures extra support, preventing dents and folds. To prevent the artwork from sliding around inside the outer tube during transport, ensure a snug fit by wrapping it in bubble wrap (with the bubbles facing out!). Slide this roll into a second tube then seal the ends securely with cardboard and tape.

Artwork should never be stored in a tube. When the rolled artwork reaches its destination, it should be unwrapped and gently flattened out immediately.



References:
H. D. Bhandari & J. Melber (2017) Art/Work, Free Press
L. Congdon (2014) Art Inc. Chronicle books, San Francisco



๐˜•๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜”๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ด (2015) by ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—ž๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฒ
Oil Paint on canvas
1 385 x 3 465 mm
Part of the Hollard Collection

Dr. David Nthubu Koloane (1938 - 2019) was one of South Africaโ€™s important modern and contemporary artists. He was a pivotal figure of artistic making, writing, curating, teaching and mentoring. He was also a critical founding member of historical cultural institutions like the first Black Art Gallery in 1977, the experimental Thupelo Workshop in 1985 and the Bag Factory Artists' Studios in 1991.

Koloaneโ€™s work tends to the psychological and spatial violations of the apartheid era in South Africa that affected Black South Africans then and still does today. In his own words: โ€œMy concern in sociopolitical matters and contributions to the furtherance of disadvantaged black South African artists during and after the apartheid era is evident. My work can be said to reflect the sociopolitical landscape of South Africa both past and present. The sociopolitical conditions created by the apartheid system of government have to a large extent transfixed the human condition as the axis around which my work evolves. The human figure has become the icon of creative expression.โ€

Velile`s work has featured in several solo and group exhibitions across South Africa and in Namibia, Germany, U.S.A, England, Argentina, Holland, Sweden, Canada and Wales. Currently, there are 264 of his artworks in the Nandoโ€™s collection.

See more of Velileโ€™s work at Nandoโ€™s Creative Exchange: 1 December 2022 until 12 January 2023 .za
Using everyday township scenes as inspiration for his artwork aims to show the world his community lives through his work.

In this exhibition, which is the culmination of the 2022 Nandoโ€™s Creative Exchange programme, four artists โ€“ Tanja Truscott, Sifiso Temba, Simon Venter, and Velile Soha โ€“ investigate their relationship to water.

โ€œMy artwork is grounded in reality,โ€ says Soha. โ€œIt is the reality of life in urban townships and poor rural communities that can be harsh but poignant and jubilant at the same time. My artwork is colourful and vibrant. My art is filled with real people and with real situations, including our relationship with water on a daily basis.โ€

See more of Velileโ€™s work at Nandoโ€™s Creative Exchange: 1 December 2022 until 12 January 2023 .za
The Subject matter that most excites Simon Venter is portraiture, as a self-taught artists Venter acquires his skills and knowledge from trial-and-error while seeking advice from books and online resources, the only formal training he received was during his high school years.

His ambition with his art is to create something that is true to who he is as a person. Venterโ€™s preferred medium is oil yet also works in graphite, soft pastels and charcoal.

โ€œI believe water has an essential role in healing the mind, body and soul. It has represented different models to humans such as source of life, purification rituals and restoration. In these works I use character, emotions and colours to depict spiritual growth and enlightenment.โ€ says Sifiso Temba

See more of Sifiso's work at Nandoโ€™s Creative Exchange: 1 December 2022 until 12 January 2023 .za
Tanja paints from a place of intuition and intrigue

โ€œI am motivated by the energy of water - the way it moves and sounds: falling, running, trickling โ€ฆ The energy water has- both stored and released - informs my mark making.
Using different tools and media I work quickly and intuitively, layering lines, colours and shapes.
At a certain stage the painting starts to take a life of its own. It suggests a direction and I try to follow it. I never know where the painting will end up and it is this that I love. The process intrigues me. It keeps me on my toes. I am naturally curious and the way I work suits me - I donโ€™t know what will happen next.โ€ Tanja Truscott

See more of Tanjaโ€™s work at Nandoโ€™s Creative Exchange: 1 December 2022 until 12 January 2023 .za

Youโ€™re invited!

Nandoโ€™s Creative Exchange is back for this yearโ€™s exhibition AVA Gallery ( .za)

The exhibition title is โ€˜/หˆwษ”หtษ™(r)/. The 2022 participating artists, Tanja Truscott, Sifiso Temba, Simon Venter, and Velile Soha investigate their relationship with water.

๐—™๐—”๐—–๐—ง: water covers 70% of our planet; it is easy to think that it will always be plentiful. However, fresh water is incredibly rare - only 3% of the worldโ€™s water is fresh water and two-thirds of that is tucked away in frozen glaciers or otherwise unavailable for our use.

Thank You to our partners: .za for enabling this artist career development programme.

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