Spier Arts Trust

Spier Arts Trust We facilitate opportunities for artist career development via, among others, The Creative Block and Q
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Spier Arts Trust values the cultural contribution of art to South Africa’s creative economy. Our purpose is to facilitate successful art careers by enabling freedom of creative expression with the potential for social transformation. Our business model is one of shared value; our patron partners are committed in a long term strategy to realise economic business goals while doing good in society. W

e build significant art collections for our patron partners through the administration of an ecosystem of career development opportunities for fine artists. These include, among others, The Creative Block and Qaqambile Bead Studio.

  in mixed media on MDF available for sale. Email info@spierartstrust.co.za to enquire.Regan Kapp (1981 - ) after living...
27/10/2023

in mixed media on MDF available for sale. Email [email protected] to enquire.

Regan Kapp (1981 - ) after living in Cape for many years, is back in his hometown of Johannesburg

đ—•đ˜‚đ˜€đ—¶đ—»đ—Č𝘀𝘀 đ—Œđ—ł 𝗔𝗿𝘁: đ— đ—źđ—¶đ—»đ˜đ—źđ—¶đ—»đ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚đ—ż đ—œđ—żđ—Œđ—łđ—Čđ˜€đ˜€đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—źđ—č đ—–đ—©đ™đ™Łđ™©đ™žđ™©đ™Ąđ™šđ™™ (c.2005) by đ—„đ—Čđ—Žđ—źđ—» đ—žđ—źđ—œđ—œAcrylic on board340 x 340 mmCreative Blo...
25/10/2023

đ—•đ˜‚đ˜€đ—¶đ—»đ—Č𝘀𝘀 đ—Œđ—ł 𝗔𝗿𝘁: đ— đ—źđ—¶đ—»đ˜đ—źđ—¶đ—»đ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚đ—ż đ—œđ—żđ—Œđ—łđ—Čđ˜€đ˜€đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—źđ—č đ—–đ—©

đ™đ™Łđ™©đ™žđ™©đ™Ąđ™šđ™™ (c.2005) by đ—„đ—Čđ—Žđ—źđ—» đ—žđ—źđ—œđ—œ
Acrylic on board
340 x 340 mm
Creative Block, Nando’s UK Collection

When did you last update your CV?
It’s important to keep your CV up to date, especially if you have been exhibiting for a few years.

Accolades, awards and solo shows are important aspects to include in an artist’s CV. Links to articles and media mentions should be live, so that the person reading your CV doesn’t get frustrated trying to source the references. To avoid this frustration, it is a good idea to save additional material as PDFs and link them to your own website.
Another helpful tip: include sections that specifically emphasize art fair participation, public commissions, workshops you may have led and mention galleries that represent you / have represented you.

References:
www.artworkarchive.com

đ™đ™Łđ™©đ™žđ™©đ™Ąđ™šđ™™ (2014) by đ˜Œđ™Ąđ™›đ™§đ™šđ™™ đ˜œđ™Ș𝙙𝙖𝙯𝙖Oil on canvas1500 x 1500 mmNando’s USA CollectionLocated directly at Town Center’s Fount...
23/10/2023

đ™đ™Łđ™©đ™žđ™©đ™Ąđ™šđ™™ (2014) by đ˜Œđ™Ąđ™›đ™§đ™šđ™™ đ˜œđ™Ș𝙙𝙖𝙯𝙖
Oil on canvas
1500 x 1500 mm
Nando’s USA Collection

Located directly at Town Center’s Fountain Plaza, Nando’s Virgina Beach restaurant, USA, features artwork and design from South Africa. Visit the restaurant to view Alfred Budaza’s (1971 -) piece on display made in 2014. Encouraged from an early age by a creative family, Budaza combines the techniques of wood carving and oil painting to create contemplative abstract works. Drawing on the South African landscape for his distinctive colour palette, he often works in rich reds and browns. He also makes social and cultural comments on the people around him by including certain figurative elements in his work. A lover of people and music, he is of the belief that unification can lead to greatness.

Budaza lives and works in Philippi, Cape Town. Until 1992 he was a part-time student at the Community Arts Project (CAP) which provided facilities and training in the arts for artists who were marginalised under apartheid. Budaza was also enrolled at the Sivuyile Technical College in Gugulethu up to 1994 and has been involved in Thupelo International workshops. In 2005 he obtained a Merit Award in the Carol Boyes Men Designer Search. He has participated in several exhibitions like Ukhanyo Heritage Route at the Nyanga Arts Development Centre in Cape Town (2010), the Summer Art Festival curated by Rossouw Modern, Hermanus (2021) and Verdigris at Gallery University Stellenbosch (2021). Budaza’s work appears in the Nando’s, Spier and Hollard corporate collections.




  in oil on MDF available for sale. Email info@spierartstrust.co.za to enquire.James Delaney (1971 - ) born in Cape Town...
20/10/2023

in oil on MDF available for sale. Email [email protected] to enquire.

James Delaney (1971 - ) born in Cape Town, currently works from a studio in Victoria Yards, near downtown Johannesburg

đ—•đ˜‚đ˜€đ—¶đ—»đ—Č𝘀𝘀 đ—Œđ—ł 𝗔𝗿𝘁: đ—”đ—żđ˜đ—¶đ˜€đ˜ 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝘁đ—Čđ—șđ—Čđ—»đ˜đ˜€ 𝙏𝙬𝙞𝙣 đ˜œđ™€đ™Ș𝙡𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙹 (2023) by 𝗝𝗼đ—șđ—Č𝘀 𝗗đ—Čđ—čđ—źđ—»đ—Č𝘆 Charcoal monotype on paper 500 x 660 mm Spier A...
18/10/2023

đ—•đ˜‚đ˜€đ—¶đ—»đ—Č𝘀𝘀 đ—Œđ—ł 𝗔𝗿𝘁: đ—”đ—żđ˜đ—¶đ˜€đ˜ 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝘁đ—Čđ—șđ—Čđ—»đ˜đ˜€

𝙏𝙬𝙞𝙣 đ˜œđ™€đ™Ș𝙡𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙹 (2023) by 𝗝𝗼đ—șđ—Č𝘀 𝗗đ—Čđ—čđ—źđ—»đ—Č𝘆
Charcoal monotype on paper
500 x 660 mm
Spier Arts Trust Collection

“Don’t make writing a big deal. You already know how to write! You’ve been writing things your whole life – even if they’re just Post-it notes.” – Jerry Saltz

Writing an artist statement can be daunting. To articulate your process without instructing the viewer what to think or feel can be challenging. Viewers will inevitably have their own response and reactions to your work and they will have questions. Think of your statement being information they can read if you are not there to answer questions. It gives them more information about what you have created.

No longer than two to five paragraphs, it is a good idea to write in simple, straightforward language. This allows people who aren’t necessarily immersed in the artworld to engage with your work.

Some helpful questions to ask yourself while writing a bio: what does my work mean to me? What materials do I use and why? What is my process? Who and what inspires me? What does my work represent?

Reference:
L. Congdon (2014) Art Inc. The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist, Chronicle Books.


đ™’đ™đ™–đ™© đ™Łđ™€đ™Ź (2014) by đ— đ—Œđ—»đ—Žđ—Čđ˜‡đ—¶ 𝗚𝘂đ—ș Oil on canvas 1750 x 1750 mm Nando’s USA Collection Mongezi Gum (1970 -) believes that ar...
16/10/2023

đ™’đ™đ™–đ™© đ™Łđ™€đ™Ź (2014) by đ— đ—Œđ—»đ—Žđ—Čđ˜‡đ—¶ 𝗚𝘂đ—ș
Oil on canvas
1750 x 1750 mm
Nando’s USA Collection

Mongezi Gum (1970 -) believes that art can be an opportunity for different cultures to come together, to explore and share their unique traditions. Inspired by his environment, he frequently juxtaposes aspects of traditional African society and contemporary life in township in his work. With his broad confident brushstrokes and rich use of brilliant, often contrasting colour, Mongezi creates art that is uplifting, sensuous, immediate and resonating with energy. His preferred mediums are pastels, acrylics and oils.

Born in Langa, , Mongezi completed a three-year course in painting, drawing, sculpting and printmaking at the Johannesburg Art Foundation in 1994. Since returning to live and work in Cape Town, he has participated in several solo and group exhibitions as well as various workshops. In 2000 he received the most promising upcoming young artist award from Truworths and in 2002 he was a finalist in a competition for new talent organised by Sanlam.

Mongezi is passionate about building his community and is a member of the Ubunthu Youth Development programme, where he’s worked on a number of murals to better the environment.





  come and see Nkosinathi Quwe   12-15 October 2023, sponsored by Nando’s UK  Nkosinathi Quwe (1981 -) sees his art as a...
11/10/2023

come and see Nkosinathi Quwe
12-15 October 2023, sponsored by Nando’s UK

Nkosinathi Quwe (1981 -) sees his art as a calling. He is a visual messenger: “I create art to connect to people. I see myself as a storyteller, telling stories that have been told before but I’m telling them in my own way. It is a very old conversation, it has elements of the new (and I come with the new) but the messages are ancient.”

His inspiration comes from religious rituals, listening to jazz and from South Africa’s troubled past where he feels it is his duty to address these ills and injustices through his work. Nkosinathi paints on different surfaces, working primarily on canvas but also on fabric where he works with a fashion label. He is a spiritual person and to him it is important that we embrace who we are.

𝙄𝙹’𝙗𝙖𝙣𝙚 đ™Žđ™šđ™đ™Ąđ™–đ™—đ™–đ™©đ™đ™ž (đ™‡đ™žđ™œđ™đ™© đ™€đ™› đ™©đ™đ™š đ™’đ™€đ™§đ™Ąđ™™) (2023) by đ—Ąđ—žđ—Œđ˜€đ—¶đ—»đ—źđ˜đ—”đ—¶ đ—€đ˜‚đ˜„đ—Č
Oil on canvas
760 x 760mm

  come and see Colijn Strydom   12-15 October 2023, sponsored by Nando’s UK  Colijn Strydom (1979 -) is a lecturer and a...
10/10/2023

come and see Colijn Strydom
12-15 October 2023, sponsored by Nando’s UK

Colijn Strydom (1979 -) is a lecturer and a performance and visual artist. His mediums include charcoal, ink, acrylic paint, ceramics and animation. He describes his practice as focused on drawing but does extend to painting, photography and performance.

Colijn’s subject matter is varied - yet he is known to find inspiration in poetry, history, folktales and legends. Through his art he often explores themes of irony and self-consciousness, including interrogation with his own gender and Afrikaner identity.

“I am fascinated and a bit terrified by the wide-ranging repercussions that an individual’s often quite idiosyncratic viewpoints can have. Spirituality, although often public, can also be a very private realm. It can form either a conduit for resistance to dominant ideologies, or a space where dangerous ideas can fester” – Colijn Strydom.

đ™Šđ™žđ™ đ™€đ™š: 𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙹 𝘿𝙖𝙼 (2023) by đ—–đ—Œđ—čđ—¶đ—·đ—» đ—Šđ˜đ—żđ˜†đ—±đ—Œđ—ș
Acrylic ink and paint on board
500 x 400 mm

  come and see Vivien Kohler   12-15 October 2023, sponsored by Nando’s UK  Vivien Kohler (1976 - ) enjoys productive ex...
09/10/2023

come and see Vivien Kohler
12-15 October 2023, sponsored by Nando’s UK

Vivien Kohler (1976 - ) enjoys productive experimentation and has recently started constructing two and three-dimensional works from discarded material. In post- apartheid South Africa, Vivien’s work is often a layered visual metaphor demonstrating migration, marginalisation, excess and waste, but in a refreshing manner. He explores challenging economic and social issues and is fascinated by people’s resilience and ability to overcome obstacles. As he attempts to make sense of the city he lives in, his art aims to show that a positive mindset and outcome is possible.

“I am fascinated both by the ability of the human spirit to transcend the conceptual decay, and the unique liminality of the post-apartheid South African city. My works illuminate the contrasts of lived experiences by showing people mentally cocooned from, yet physically enveloped by, life’s detritus. These works become representations of the internal rather than the external. We use various means to access this inner world of aspirational desire; music and art transports us, even if momentarily, to the world we are striving toward” – Vivien Kohler.

𝙏𝙝𝙚 đ™šđ™€đ™žđ™Ą đ™€đ™› 𝙹𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙞𝙣𝙜 (2023) by đ—©đ—¶đ˜ƒđ—¶đ—Čđ—» đ—žđ—Œđ—”đ—čđ—Č𝗿
Found objects, oil and spray paint on canvas
1100 x 1150mm

  in oil on MDF available for sale. Email info@spierartstrust.co.za to enquire.Xolile Mtakatya (1968 - ) was born in Gug...
06/10/2023

in oil on MDF available for sale. Email [email protected] to enquire.

Xolile Mtakatya (1968 - ) was born in Gugulethu and currently living in Khayelitsha, Western Cape

đ—•đ˜‚đ˜€đ—¶đ—»đ—Č𝘀𝘀 đ—Œđ—ł 𝗔𝗿𝘁: đ—Șđ—żđ—¶đ˜đ—¶đ—»đ—Ž 𝗼 đ—Żđ—¶đ—Œ đ™ƒđ™šđ™§đ™žđ™©đ™–đ™œđ™š đ˜Œđ™›đ™›đ™–đ™žđ™§đ™š (2020) by đ—«đ—Œđ—čđ—¶đ—čđ—Č 𝗠𝘁𝗼𝗾𝗼𝘁𝘆𝗼 Oil on canvas 910 x 700 mm Spier Arts Trust Co...
04/10/2023

đ—•đ˜‚đ˜€đ—¶đ—»đ—Č𝘀𝘀 đ—Œđ—ł 𝗔𝗿𝘁: đ—Șđ—żđ—¶đ˜đ—¶đ—»đ—Ž 𝗼 đ—Żđ—¶đ—Œ

đ™ƒđ™šđ™§đ™žđ™©đ™–đ™œđ™š đ˜Œđ™›đ™›đ™–đ™žđ™§đ™š (2020) by đ—«đ—Œđ—čđ—¶đ—čđ—Č 𝗠𝘁𝗼𝗾𝗼𝘁𝘆𝗼
Oil on canvas
910 x 700 mm
Spier Arts Trust Collection

Staring at a blank page, trying to condense your art career into a paragraph or two is rather difficult. Wouldn’t it be great if our work spoke for itself and that is all we needed to do?

As artists, while our work can convey a great deal without using words, a well-crafted bio that is useful to orientate viewers with your work can help develop a more in-depth picture of who you are as an artist, including your background, motivations and accomplishments.

In an article featured on Arsty.net called “What We Learned from Writing 7,000 Artist Bios” these three cornerstones are cited as “tried, tested and used today by our writers at Artsy” to construct the perfect artist bio:

- it should summarize the artist’s practice—including medium(s), themes, techniques, and influences,

- it should open with a first line that encapsulates what is most significant about the artist and their work, rather than opening with biographical tidbits. For example: John Chamberlain is best known for his twisting sculptures made from scrap metal and banged up, discarded automobile parts and other industrial detritus;

- it should include a profile between 80 and 140 words. Ideally a bio is ~120 words, though a tightly written 80-word bio is preferable to a longer bio, that includes repetition and filler sentences.”

Reference:

L. Congdon (2014) Art Inc. The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist, Chronicle Books.

www.artsy.net

đ™đ™Łđ™©đ™žđ™©đ™Ąđ™šđ™™ (2015) by đ—žđ—¶đ—čđ—șđ—źđ—»đ˜†-đ—đ—Œ đ—Ÿđ—¶đ˜ƒđ—Č𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗮đ—ČAcrylic and spray paint on canvas2580 x 5490 mmNando’s USA CollectionThe two-stor...
02/10/2023

đ™đ™Łđ™©đ™žđ™©đ™Ąđ™šđ™™ (2015) by đ—žđ—¶đ—čđ—șđ—źđ—»đ˜†-đ—đ—Œ đ—Ÿđ—¶đ˜ƒđ—Č𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗮đ—Č
Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
2580 x 5490 mm
Nando’s USA Collection

The two-story Nando’s Naperville restaurant (2016) is one of Nando's largest in the U.S. During opening weekend, Nando's donated 100% of all sales to support the arts at Naperville North High School and Naperville Central High School.

Restaurant design by , this artwork by Kilmany-Jo Liversage (1973 - ) was selected from the Nando’s USA Collection to feature at the entrance and visible from the outside.

Kilmany-Jo studied at the Free State Technikon in South Africa, where she graduated with a distinction in Painting and a BTech in Fine Arts. Today she lives and works in Cape Town, where she creates graffiti-style portraits using spray paint, acrylics and mixed media. She draws inspiration from street culture and sources portrait images from mass media and social networks.

If you’re in , go and see Kilmany’s Portra14 on show until 22 October 2023
If You Look Hard Enough, You Can See Our Future
Selections of Contemporary South African Art from the Nando’s Art Collection

“Nando’s, being so international can show the rest of the world what artists do in South Africa.” – Kilmany-Jo Liversage.





  in mixed media on MDF available for sale. Email info@spierartstrust.co.za to enquire.Zolani Siphungela (1986 - ) was b...
29/09/2023

in mixed media on MDF available for sale. Email [email protected] to enquire.

Zolani Siphungela (1986 - ) was born in Lusikisiki, Eastern Cape and is currently living and working in Cape Town

đ—•đ˜‚đ˜€đ—¶đ—»đ—Č𝘀𝘀 đ—Œđ—ł 𝗔𝗿𝘁: 𝗖đ—Čđ—żđ˜đ—¶đ—łđ—¶đ—°đ—źđ˜đ—Č đ—Œđ—ł đ—”đ˜‚đ˜đ—”đ—Čđ—»đ˜đ—¶đ—°đ—¶đ˜đ˜† 𝙈đ™Ș𝙹𝙞𝙠 (2020) by đ™•đ™€đ™Ąđ™–đ™Łđ™ž đ™Žđ™žđ™„đ™đ™Ș𝙣𝙜𝙚𝙡𝙖 Mixed media on board 900 x 600 mm Spier A...
27/09/2023

đ—•đ˜‚đ˜€đ—¶đ—»đ—Č𝘀𝘀 đ—Œđ—ł 𝗔𝗿𝘁: 𝗖đ—Čđ—żđ˜đ—¶đ—łđ—¶đ—°đ—źđ˜đ—Č đ—Œđ—ł đ—”đ˜‚đ˜đ—”đ—Čđ—»đ˜đ—¶đ—°đ—¶đ˜đ˜†

𝙈đ™Ș𝙹𝙞𝙠 (2020) by đ™•đ™€đ™Ąđ™–đ™Łđ™ž đ™Žđ™žđ™„đ™đ™Ș𝙣𝙜𝙚𝙡𝙖
Mixed media on board
900 x 600 mm
Spier Arts Trust Collection

Buyers are often asking for a Certificate of Authenticity. Sending out certificates with every work you sell isn’t hard and takes almost no time.

The main elements of a certificate of authenticity are: image of the artwork, name of the artist, title of the work, year/s it was made, technique/material, dimensions, statement of authenticity, limited edition number if limited, signature and date.

The main goal of a certificate of authenticity in art is to prove that the author of the artwork – which confirms that it's not a forgery. As the author, you will be ensuring that the artwork is made by you and that it's not allegedly made by another artist. As the artwork is proven to be authentic, its value increases. Should your buyer want to resell an art piece or insure it, a certificate of authenticity helps to assess the current and future value of the artwork. It can actually make the artwork easier to sell. A certificate of authenticity is a highly regarded and accepted way to verify an artwork. When an artist’s career takes off and the artwork ends up being resold several times, it helps collectors to trace the piece’s history and proves it’s an original.

References:
www.tonesgallery.com
M.Resch (2021) How to become a successful Artist, Phaidon

𝙏𝙝𝙚 đ™‚đ™§đ™šđ™–đ™© 𝙌đ™Șđ™žđ™šđ™© (2005) by 𝙈đ™Șđ™šđ™©đ™–đ™›đ™– 𝙈𝙖𝙡đ™Ș𝙠𝙖 Oil on canvas 1800 x 3000 mm Nando’s USA Collection Nando’s PERi-PERi made its ...
25/09/2023

𝙏𝙝𝙚 đ™‚đ™§đ™šđ™–đ™© 𝙌đ™Șđ™žđ™šđ™© (2005) by 𝙈đ™Șđ™šđ™©đ™–đ™›đ™– 𝙈𝙖𝙡đ™Ș𝙠𝙖
Oil on canvas
1800 x 3000 mm
Nando’s USA Collection

Nando’s PERi-PERi made its U.S. debut in 2008 with the opening of its first location on 7th Street in the Chinatown neighbourhood in Washington, DC.

This oversized portrait by Mustafa Maluka dominates the back wall of Nando’s Laurel that opened in 2014 in Maryland, USA.

The restaurant’s design includes a dramatic suspended lighting sculpture made from woven baskets and features handmade tiles, a beaded-wood Abacus screen and a 15-foot / 4.6 m communal table.

Mustafa Maluka (1976) lives and works in Turku, Finland. He is known for his portraits. Born in 1976 in Cape Town, Mustafa studied at the De Ateliers, Post-Graduate Art Institute in Amsterdam and at the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. He has lived in Amsterdam, Berlin, and New York.

Mustafa describes himself as a “bio-artist, cultural analyst, ethical hacker, global citizen, and Ph.D. dropout.” He is celebrated for his large-scale portraits with bold expressions that expose profound and collective truths regarding survival and confrontation. Drawing inspiration from his family’s forceful displacement during Apartheid and his childhood growing up in the Cape Flats, the artist explores themes of migration and human emotion, and occasions of overlap with the worlds of fashion and popular culture. To discuss the erasure of immigrant identities, he paints his portraits with a sense of ambiguity and uncertainty, suggesting a transnational identity.

Mustafa writes about his work: “I think what I’m looking for is the “in between”
An identity which defies the usual specificity prescribed by geographic and cultural borders. Basically the multidimensionality of the human experience.”

Happy Heritage Celebration, !
Heritage Day is celebrated on 24 September each year, recognising and celebrating the cultural wealth of our nation.




  in mixed media on MDF available for sale. Email info@spierartstrust.co.za to enquire.Selvin November (1969 - ) was bor...
22/09/2023

in mixed media on MDF available for sale. Email [email protected] to enquire.

Selvin November (1969 - ) was born and still lives and works in Cape Town

đ—•đ˜‚đ˜€đ—¶đ—»đ—Č𝘀𝘀 đ—Œđ—ł 𝗔𝗿𝘁: 𝗞đ—Čđ—Čđ—œđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ—źđ—» đ—¶đ—»đ˜ƒđ—Čđ—»đ˜đ—Œđ—żđ˜† đ—Œđ—ł đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚đ—ż đ—źđ—żđ˜đ˜„đ—Œđ—żđ—žđ˜€ 𝙉𝙚𝙗đ™Ș𝙡𝙖 1 (2022) by 𝗩đ—Čđ—čđ˜ƒđ—¶đ—» đ—Ąđ—Œđ˜ƒđ—Čđ—ș𝗯đ—Č𝗿 Mixed media on canvas 600 x 60...
20/09/2023

đ—•đ˜‚đ˜€đ—¶đ—»đ—Č𝘀𝘀 đ—Œđ—ł 𝗔𝗿𝘁: 𝗞đ—Čđ—Čđ—œđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ—źđ—» đ—¶đ—»đ˜ƒđ—Čđ—»đ˜đ—Œđ—żđ˜† đ—Œđ—ł đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚đ—ż đ—źđ—żđ˜đ˜„đ—Œđ—żđ—žđ˜€

𝙉𝙚𝙗đ™Ș𝙡𝙖 1 (2022) by 𝗩đ—Čđ—čđ˜ƒđ—¶đ—» đ—Ąđ—Œđ˜ƒđ—Čđ—ș𝗯đ—Č𝗿
Mixed media on canvas
600 x 600 mm
Spier Arts Trust Collection

Why should you take time away from making art to create an art inventory? Maintaining an inventory is a way of keeping track of your art - to know where it is, who has purchased it from you and to know what you have available for sale. It’s important to keep track of the names of buyers so that you can stay in contact with them, to continue good relationships and work on potential future sales.

It helps to have an inventory to decide what can go on exhibit (whether you still own the artwork or it has been sold) – it’s a great way to communicate what is available for curators and gallery owners. By having an inventory, you also become disciplined in visually documenting your artworks; keeping track of your past, present and future art; and a way of tracking pricing.

Your inventory may be the basis for a comprehensive catalogue at some point. Important information for your inventory include: image, item number, year of completion, title, medium, edition number, dimensions, location, exhibition history, price and past prices, framing, production costs, status (sold/not for sale/ loaned/ donated/ on consignment), sale information (who sold it, for how much, who was interested) and any other useful notes.

References:
www.artiststrong.com
M.Resch (2021) How to become a successful Artist, Phaidon

đ™đ™Łđ™©đ™žđ™©đ™Ąđ™šđ™™ (2016) by 𝗠𝗼𝗿đ—čđ—¶đ˜€đ—Č 𝗞đ—Čđ—¶đ˜đ—”  Hand cut stone on board  1400 x 1400 mm  Nando’s USA Collection   opened in Texas for ...
18/09/2023

đ™đ™Łđ™©đ™žđ™©đ™Ąđ™šđ™™ (2016) by 𝗠𝗼𝗿đ—čđ—¶đ˜€đ—Č 𝗞đ—Čđ—¶đ˜đ—”
Hand cut stone on board
1400 x 1400 mm
Nando’s USA Collection

opened in Texas for the first time on August 7th 2023, in the Post Oak Plaza Shopping Center . The opening coincided with the exhibition 𝘐𝘧 đ˜ đ˜°đ˜¶ 𝘓𝘰𝘰𝘬 đ˜đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜„ đ˜Œđ˜Żđ˜°đ˜¶đ˜šđ˜©, đ˜ đ˜°đ˜¶ 𝘊𝘱𝘯 𝘚𝘩𝘩 đ˜–đ˜¶đ˜ł đ˜đ˜¶đ˜”đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜Š, Selections of Contemporary South African Art from the Nando’s Collection, currently on show at the African American Museum, 3536 Grand Avenue, Dallas, until October 22nd, 2023.

The restaurant was designed by and showcases an artwork by Marlise Keith (1972 - ), known for mixed media collages, large-scale drawings in pencil, ink and acrylic as well as small sculptures of fabric, embroidery and found objects.

Though her body of work is diverse, Marlise’s style is identifiable in her idiosyncratic use of personal symbolism. Her imagery is inspired by all the strange, unexpected messiness of being human. This choice of subject matter gives her work a surreal quality, which is heightened by a playful use of colour and the juxtaposing of abstract elements with the figurative.

Marlise has collaborated extensively with the mosaic studio, where she also filled a role as educator until the Academy closed in 2020. The studio continues with commissions and fine art collaborations, now under .




  in mixed media on MDF available for sale. Email info@spierartstrust.co.za to enquire.Madeleine van Manen (1966 - ) liv...
15/09/2023

in mixed media on MDF available for sale. Email [email protected] to enquire.

Madeleine van Manen (1966 - ) lives and works in Cape Town

đ—•đ˜‚đ˜€đ—¶đ—»đ—Č𝘀𝘀 đ—Œđ—ł 𝗔𝗿𝘁: đ—Łđ—żđ—Œđ—łđ—Čđ˜€đ˜€đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—źđ—č đ—źđ—żđ˜đ˜„đ—Œđ—żđ—ž đ—±đ—Œđ—°đ˜‚đ—șđ—Čđ—»đ˜đ—źđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—» đ™ˆđ™€đ™Łđ™€đ™Ąđ™žđ™©đ™ (2021) by đ— đ—źđ—±đ—Čđ—čđ—Čđ—¶đ—»đ—Č đ˜ƒđ—źđ—» đ— đ—źđ—»đ—Čđ—» Charcoal, gouache paint, oil ...
13/09/2023

đ—•đ˜‚đ˜€đ—¶đ—»đ—Č𝘀𝘀 đ—Œđ—ł 𝗔𝗿𝘁: đ—Łđ—żđ—Œđ—łđ—Čđ˜€đ˜€đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—źđ—č đ—źđ—żđ˜đ˜„đ—Œđ—żđ—ž đ—±đ—Œđ—°đ˜‚đ—șđ—Čđ—»đ˜đ—źđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—»

đ™ˆđ™€đ™Łđ™€đ™Ąđ™žđ™©đ™ (2021) by đ— đ—źđ—±đ—Čđ—čđ—Čđ—¶đ—»đ—Č đ˜ƒđ—źđ—» đ— đ—źđ—»đ—Čđ—»
Charcoal, gouache paint, oil pastels on canvas
995 x 995 mm
Spier Arts Trust Collection

Good documentation of artwork is important, because it may be viewed far more than your actual pieces - especially if you showcase the work online and apply for shows, grants and residencies. If the documentation doesn’t do justice to your artwork, then it can reflect negatively on your practice.

If you don’t have access to a professional artwork photographer, do it yourself! You don’t need expensive or fancy equipment; using a cell phone or point and shoot camera can do the trick as long as you have enough light and a steady hand. Setting up your artwork to be captured is key; use neutral backdrops, simple editing programs and flat backgrounds to complement your type of artwork.

Find this link to see a step-by-step resource, helping you to set-up, take the photos, scan, edit, crop and format files:
https://www.livingartistscollective.com/blog/how-to-document-your-artwork

𝙃𝙞𝙙𝙚 𝙜𝙖𝙱𝙚 (2017) by 𝗭đ—Čđ—ș𝗯𝗼 𝗟𝘂𝘇𝗼đ—ș𝗯𝗼 Oil on canvas 650 x 450 mm Nando’s USA Collection Zemba Musiri Luzamba (1973 - ) was b...
11/09/2023

𝙃𝙞𝙙𝙚 𝙜𝙖𝙱𝙚 (2017) by 𝗭đ—Čđ—ș𝗯𝗼 𝗟𝘂𝘇𝗼đ—ș𝗯𝗼
Oil on canvas
650 x 450 mm
Nando’s USA Collection

Zemba Musiri Luzamba (1973 - ) was born and raised in the conflict-ridden Democratic Republic of Congo.

Zemba studied Fine Art in Lusaka, Zambia at the Evelyn Hone College of Applied Art, where he graduated in 1994. He moved to South Africa in the 90’s and today he lives in Cape Town.

His work shows a positive, post-colonial in which he creates scenes of formally dressed African people taking part in traditionally Western leisure activities - playing tennis, eating in a restaurant or dancing. He says this frees his mind from the hardships of reality.

In his homeland, Zemba witnessed politics playing out on official platforms and in the daily lives of ordinary people. The 1990s unbanning of the suit and tie in the DRC– of Western cultural influence – as the regime’s gesture towards democracy, caused an overnight scene change in the homes and streets of civilians. Suddenly, men were proudly donning smart attire and accessories, which had long been hidden in closets. This speaks to an incredible tradition in the DRC of creative and considered fashion as an act of self-determination, aspiration in an oppressive, impoverished environment, and even of defiance in the face of corrupt, stifling politics.

Zemba’s artworks have been exhibited in solo and group shows, both in South Africa and abroad and have been included in several corporate and private collections in South Africa, Italy, America and the UK. Nando’s invited Zemba as one of the artists to participate at 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London (2018).




  in oil on MDF available for sale. Email info@spierartstrust.co.za to enquire.Sello Letswalo (1993 - ) was born in Limp...
08/09/2023

in oil on MDF available for sale. Email [email protected] to enquire.

Sello Letswalo (1993 - ) was born in Limpopo , and is currently practicing from his studio in Alexandra, Johannesburg.

đ—•đ˜‚đ˜€đ—¶đ—»đ—Č𝘀𝘀 đ—Œđ—ł 𝗔𝗿𝘁: đ—™đ—¶đ—»đ—±đ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ˜đ—¶đ—șđ—Č 𝙉𝙣𝙖 𝙆𝙣𝙖 𝙉𝙜𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙖 𝙂𝙖 𝙆𝙚 𝙏𝙹𝙚𝙗𝙚 (2019) by 𝗩đ—Čđ—čđ—čđ—Œ 𝗟đ—Č𝘁𝘀𝘄𝗼đ—čđ—Œ Mixed media on steel 565 x 565mm Spier...
06/09/2023

đ—•đ˜‚đ˜€đ—¶đ—»đ—Č𝘀𝘀 đ—Œđ—ł 𝗔𝗿𝘁: đ—™đ—¶đ—»đ—±đ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ˜đ—¶đ—șđ—Č

𝙉𝙣𝙖 𝙆𝙣𝙖 𝙉𝙜𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙖 𝙂𝙖 𝙆𝙚 𝙏𝙹𝙚𝙗𝙚 (2019) by 𝗩đ—Čđ—čđ—čđ—Œ 𝗟đ—Č𝘁𝘀𝘄𝗼đ—čđ—Œ
Mixed media on steel
565 x 565mm
Spier Arts Trust Collection

If you aspire to be a professional artist while holding down a full-time job or raising a family, the thought of making time for art can feel like a luxury or an overwhelming addition to your schedule. You’ll have to genuinely embrace the fact that your life might feel full for a while and that carving out time for art will require some discipline.

How to find time for art? Schedule time in your diary, incorporate art into your social activities, reduce screen time, delegate chores, take a journal everywhere you go, take an art class.

Sometimes it takes to establish boundaries, to make time for artmaking and to value it as a priority: “Courage is a desperate gamble that will place you in the arms of the creative angels.” - Jerry Saltz

References:
J.Saltz (2020) How to be an Artist, Ilex
L. Congdon (2014) Art Inc. The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist, Chronicle Books.

đ™đ™Łđ™©đ™žđ™©đ™Ąđ™šđ™™ (2017) by đ——đ—¶đ—Œđ—» đ—–đ˜‚đ—œđ—¶đ—±đ—Œ Mixed Media on canvas 1520 x 1215 mm Nando’s USA Collection In April 2018,  celebrated it...
04/09/2023

đ™đ™Łđ™©đ™žđ™©đ™Ąđ™šđ™™ (2017) by đ——đ—¶đ—Œđ—» đ—–đ˜‚đ—œđ—¶đ—±đ—Œ
Mixed Media on canvas
1520 x 1215 mm
Nando’s USA Collection

In April 2018, celebrated its opening at Pike & Rose (North Bethesda, Maryland), by donating 100% of sales that day to support the music program at Walter Johnson High School. Student performers from the school made appearances throughout the day at Nando’s grand opening.

Walter Johnson High School serves more than 2,200 students from parts of Bethesda, Rockville, Garret Park and Kensington. The high school boasts a variety of musical groups, both instrumental and choral, including a wind ensemble, a symphonic orchestra, and a choir.

The space was designed by .design, featuring bold African colours and includes a striking portrait by South African artist Dion Cupido.

Born in Mitchells Plain on the Cape Flats in Cape Town, Dion Cupido (1973 -) is largely self-trained. He majored in drawing from the Cape Technical College where he studied Computer Graphics. He then joined the Arts and Media Access Centre’s (AMAC) professional development programme (2003). In 2015, Dion was shortlisted for the Sanlam Portrait Award.

Dion began his artistic career as a teenager doing graffiti on walls in his neighbourhood. His work is still influenced by street art and is a combination of abstraction and portraiture. His style is bold and confident, and he mostly makes use of oil paint and industrial ink. He uses a combination of abstraction and portraiture, drawing on street art techniques to explore ideas of memory and identity.




  in rubber on MDF available for sale. Email info@spierartstrust.co.za to enquire.Patrick Bongoy (1980 - ) was born in K...
02/09/2023

in rubber on MDF available for sale. Email [email protected] to enquire.

Patrick Bongoy (1980 - ) was born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo and is currently living and working in


đ—•đ˜‚đ˜€đ—¶đ—»đ—Č𝘀𝘀 đ—Œđ—ł 𝗔𝗿𝘁: đ—Łđ—żđ—Œđ˜ƒđ—Čđ—»đ—źđ—»đ—°đ—Č đ™đ™Łđ™©đ™žđ™©đ™Ąđ™šđ™™ (2018) by đ—Łđ—źđ˜đ—żđ—¶đ—°đ—ž đ—•đ—Œđ—»đ—Žđ—Œđ˜† Rubber on canvas 1000 x 1000 mm Spier Arts Trust Collectio...
30/08/2023

đ—•đ˜‚đ˜€đ—¶đ—»đ—Č𝘀𝘀 đ—Œđ—ł 𝗔𝗿𝘁: đ—Łđ—żđ—Œđ˜ƒđ—Čđ—»đ—źđ—»đ—°đ—Č

đ™đ™Łđ™©đ™žđ™©đ™Ąđ™šđ™™ (2018) by đ—Łđ—źđ˜đ—żđ—¶đ—°đ—ž đ—•đ—Œđ—»đ—Žđ—Œđ˜†
Rubber on canvas
1000 x 1000 mm
Spier Arts Trust Collection

Provenance is, simply put, an artwork’s history of ownership and record of public exhibition. Start to record your work’s provenance now, as this information may get lost over time. Provenance not only matters to you, but also to your collectors and future collectors who may require this for investment and valuation purposes. Make sure to keep track of both the physical and the informational aspects of your works, as they are essential to building your artistic legacy.

“The objects people value convey notions of cultural identity as it changes over time, and act as reminders of our collective humanity
. I also think it is through close examination of the [artwork] itself and through often overlooked aspects of provenance that we can find reasons to care and to ask new and different questions. Some of these may be: Whose life has the work touched, and whose has it made more difficult? Who had the power in each transfer, and why? And precisely whose cultural identity does the work convey?” - Molly Boarati, Associate Curator, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

References:
www.artworkarchive.com
www.masterworks.com
www.nasher.duke.edu

𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙠 𝙋𝙞𝙣𝙠 (2017) by đ—Ąđ—Œđ—żđ—șđ—źđ—» 𝗱’𝗙đ—čđ˜†đ—»đ—» Acrylic and spray paint canvas 1800 x 1400 mm Nando’s USA Collection Norman O’Flynn ...
28/08/2023

𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙠 𝙋𝙞𝙣𝙠 (2017) by đ—Ąđ—Œđ—żđ—șđ—źđ—» 𝗱’𝗙đ—čđ˜†đ—»đ—»
Acrylic and spray paint canvas
1800 x 1400 mm
Nando’s USA Collection

Norman O’Flynn (1971 -) is a versatile artist best known for his imposing, large-scale paintings and witty, intimate sculptures of carved stone or soft toy material. His work draws on a unique visual language ranging from referencing comic book superheroes to demi-gods, triumphant ballet dances and space-age fertility figures – all employed in his satirical observation of society. Working with oil and acrylic paints, Norman’s surface of choice - plexiglass and Perspex - points to the tension of society that can be easily destroyed.

Norman currently lives and works in the Klein Karoo town Oudtshoorn. He obtained a BA Fine Art at the Michaelis School of Fine (1992). He has been a finalist for the ABSA L’Atelier competition (2004, 2055 & 2007), the Brett Kebble Art Award (2004), the Irma Stern Award for Excellence in Printmaking (1992). Norman’s works are held in private, corporate and museum collections around the world – including, of course, the global Nando’s collection!




  in mixed media on MDF available for sale. Email info@spierartstrust.co.za to enquire.Mellaney Roberts (1988 - ) was bo...
25/08/2023

in mixed media on MDF available for sale. Email [email protected] to enquire.

Mellaney Roberts (1988 - ) was born in Willowmore, Eastern Cape and is currently reading towards her PhD in Fine and Studio Arts at the Tshwane University of Technology

đ—•đ˜‚đ˜€đ—¶đ—»đ—Č𝘀𝘀 đ—Œđ—ł 𝗔𝗿𝘁: đ—šđ—Œđ—źđ—č 𝗩đ—Čđ˜đ˜đ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ˜œđ™Ąđ™€đ™€đ™™ 𝙋𝙞𝙣 - đ˜Ÿđ™Șđ™Ąđ™©đ™Ș𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝙄𝙣𝙛𝙡đ™Ș𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚  #1 (2021) by 𝗠đ—Čđ—čđ—čđ—źđ—»đ—Č𝘆 đ—„đ—Œđ—Żđ—Č𝗿𝘁𝘀 Pins, found paper on Fabrian...
23/08/2023

đ—•đ˜‚đ˜€đ—¶đ—»đ—Č𝘀𝘀 đ—Œđ—ł 𝗔𝗿𝘁: đ—šđ—Œđ—źđ—č 𝗩đ—Čđ˜đ˜đ—¶đ—»đ—Ž
đ˜œđ™Ąđ™€đ™€đ™™ 𝙋𝙞𝙣 - đ˜Ÿđ™Șđ™Ąđ™©đ™Ș𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝙄𝙣𝙛𝙡đ™Ș𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚 #1 (2021) by 𝗠đ—Čđ—čđ—čđ—źđ—»đ—Č𝘆 đ—„đ—Œđ—Żđ—Č𝗿𝘁𝘀

Pins, found paper on Fabriano paper
1215 x 1015 mm
Spier Arts Trust Collection

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keeps you motivated because when you accomplish a goal, even if it’s starting your mailing list with just one contact, writing two lines in your journal or clearing your studio space to make new work, you can see progress and improvement.

Setting realistic goals can go a long way to keep you organised, motivated and on track. Start by writing down short- and long-term goals. This will make your aspirations more concrete. A flexible plan of action can also help you deal with the challenges of the present and visualise what you want in the future. The use of the term “flexible” is important since circumstances change so fast, both for artists and the way the world works.

It’s a good reminder about what priorities you have chosen, and gives you a good way to check back and see how you are doing.

References:

www.gyst-ink.com (GYST-Ink is an artist-run company and art project by Karen Atkinson providing resources, technology and solutions created by artists for artists)

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Thank you to everyone who contributed to make 2022 memorable!
Wishing you a safe festive season and prosperous 2023
đ—•đ˜‚đ˜€đ—¶đ—»đ—Č𝘀𝘀 đ—Œđ—ł 𝗔𝗿𝘁: 𝗕đ—Čđ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ—Łđ—żđ—Œđ—łđ—Čđ˜€đ˜€đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—źđ—č đ—¶đ—» đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚đ—ż 𝗔𝗿𝘁

đ˜đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜źđ˜Šđ˜„ (2022) by đ—–đ—Œđ—čđ—čđ—Čđ—» đ— đ—źđ˜€đ˜„đ—źđ—»đ—Žđ—źđ—»đ˜†đ—¶
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.

đ—„đ—Č𝗳đ—Č𝗿đ—Čđ—»đ—°đ—Č𝘀:
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 didn’t Teach you in Art School, Ilex UK



Dick Enthoven (30/11/1937 – 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: “Brilliant 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-embracing
ideas 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.” - 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.

đ—šđ—źđ—Żđ—żđ—¶đ—Čđ—čđ—čđ—Č đ—„đ—źđ—źđ—łđ—ł (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 – transporting artwork in tubes

đ˜đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜ąđ˜­ (2019) by đ—šđ—źđ—Żđ—żđ—¶đ—Čđ—čđ—čđ—Č đ—„đ—źđ—źđ—łđ—ł
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



𝘕đ˜Șđ˜šđ˜©đ˜” 𝘰𝘧 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘔𝘰𝘯𝘹𝘳𝘩𝘭𝘮 (2015) by đ——đ—źđ˜ƒđ—¶đ—± đ—žđ—Œđ—čđ—Œđ—źđ—»đ—Č
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 Africa’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.

Koloane’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: “My 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.”

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 Nando’s collection.

See more of Velile’s work at Nando’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 Nando’s Creative Exchange programme, four artists – Tanja Truscott, Sifiso Temba, Simon Venter, and Velile Soha – investigate their relationship to water.

“My artwork is grounded in reality,” says Soha. “It 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.”

See more of Velile’s work at Nando’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. Venter’s preferred medium is oil yet also works in graphite, soft pastels and charcoal.

“I 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.” says Sifiso Temba

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

“I am motivated by the energy of water - the way it moves and sounds: falling, running, trickling 
 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 don’t know what will happen next.” Tanja Truscott

See more of Tanja’s work at Nando’s Creative Exchange: 1 December 2022 until 12 January 2023 .za

You’re invited!

Nando’s Creative Exchange is back for this year’s exhibition AVA Gallery ( .za)

The exhibition title is ‘/ˈwɔːtə(r)/. The 2022 participating artists, Tanja Truscott, Sifiso Temba, Simon Venter, and Velile Soha investigate their relationship with water.

𝗙𝗔𝗖𝗧: 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 world’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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