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Kim Mobey Art

Kim Mobey Art South African artist. www.kimmobey.com Kim Mobey is an autodidactic visual artist working across multiple disciplines and media. She is driven by human connection and storytelling.

Her paintings, printmaking, installations and sculptures focus on humanity in the African context and seek out stories of global diaspora, history and leadership as well as contemporary human cultural and political cross-pollination. She investigates aesthetics, gender, race, age and class as ideologies both in her work and in the broader sphere.

Her paintings, printmaking, installations and sculptures focus on humanity in the African context and seek out stories of global diaspora, history and leadership as well as contemporary human cultural and political cross-pollination. She investigates aesthetics, gender, race, age and class as ideologies both in her work and in the broader sphere.

Her paintings, printmaking, installations and sculptures focus on humanity in the African context and seek out stories of global diaspora, history and leadership as well as contemporary human cultural and political cross-pollination. She investigates aesthetics, gender, race, age and class as ideologies both in her work and in the broader sphere.

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Body Beautiful - Oil on canvas 65 x 85cmIdentity is so strongly coded into modern social narratives and yet our percepti...
12/09/2022

Body Beautiful - Oil on canvas 65 x 85cm

Identity is so strongly coded into modern social narratives and yet our perception of beauty in this society overrides identity. Massive surgeries, ongoing beaty treatments, toxins, abrasions, diets devoid of real food all erode the Self. Ironically, destrying yourself is an act of ego.

#figurepainting #artiststatement #artistthoughts #createyourself #LifeIsArt #artislife #oiloncanvas

Ashes become art.Sun and sand fillthe space of having no space at all.#home #creativespace #CreativeLife #creativefreedo...
10/08/2022

Ashes become art.
Sun and sand fill
the space of having
no space at all.

#home #creativespace #CreativeLife #creativefreedom #seasideart #gallery #opening soon

Opening Soon!Probably my most exciting and ambitious project to date is nearing fruition! Keep an eye out for guest spea...
01/08/2022

Opening Soon!

Probably my most exciting and ambitious project to date is nearing fruition! Keep an eye out for guest speakers, workshops, residencies and internships.

#wallpower #LifeIsArt #creativefreedom #Gallery #artstudio #creativespace #CapeTown #SouthAfrica #southafricanartist #CapeTownArtist

Now I have the space and the time to stretch out and look at allmost everything I've produced in my many and varied stud...
24/07/2022

Now I have the space and the time to stretch out and look at allmost everything I've produced in my many and varied studios and past lives, so many pieces read like a diary to me. Sometimes I even remember who I was when I made them, Just as often though, it's the work of a distant aquaintence who lived as me for a while.
Time doean't heal anything at all, but hope does. Love does.

#home #creativespace #creativelife #lifeisart #archive #artistsprocess #StudioLife #makersmovement

Weekending outside the gallery! I love my lil starter bike. It gives me a chance to get covered in mud, instead of paint...
23/07/2022

Weekending outside the gallery!
I love my lil starter bike. It gives me a chance to get covered in mud, instead of paint,and sawdust, and clay... oh...no, wait: there is definitely some clay on the Helderberg dirt roads 😅
#vroomvroom #lifeisart #adventuring #explorating #muddy #bestjacket #biker

This is starting to look a lot like a gallery, at last! Opening soon!#studiogallery #artistsprocess #artstudio #WorkInPr...
23/07/2022

This is starting to look a lot like a gallery, at last! Opening soon!

#studiogallery #artistsprocess #artstudio #WorkInProgress #wallpower #artexhibition #CapeTown #SouthAfrica

Opening soon!#gallery #studio #artspace #watchthisspace
09/07/2022

Opening soon!
#gallery #studio #artspace #watchthisspace

Home ❤️After the storms of the last 2 years. May you all find this peace and healing in your own lives#ArtistsLife #trau...
06/07/2022

Home ❤️

After the storms of the last 2 years. May you all find this peace and healing in your own lives

#ArtistsLife #traumarecovery #oceanview #artistshome #coderlife #travelafrica

"Monica Looks Forward"120 x 90cmoil on canvas#oiloncanvas #africanart #portfolio #oilpainting #portrait #contemporaryart
09/06/2022

"Monica Looks Forward"
120 x 90cm
oil on canvas

#oiloncanvas #africanart #portfolio #oilpainting #portrait #contemporaryart

Exciting new announcement soon!When making new creative spaces I have been incredibly fortunate to be around the most am...
28/04/2022

Exciting new announcement soon!
When making new creative spaces I have been incredibly fortunate to be around the most amazing people. The list continues to grow and I am constantly inspired and delighted by this "artist's life"

Exciting things to come within the month, my loves

#studio #gallery #CapeTown #ArtistsLife #StudioLife #rebirth #creativespace #southafricanartist

Beautiful dawn in #CapeTown 😍#artiststudio #NoFilter #CapeTownArtist #SouthAfrica
28/04/2022

Beautiful dawn in #CapeTown 😍

#artiststudio #NoFilter #CapeTownArtist #SouthAfrica

Cat says: "Oh look, new art going somewhere expensive. I will sleep on it."#studiolife #artistsprocess #catblessings
11/03/2022

Cat says: "Oh look, new art going somewhere expensive. I will sleep on it."

#studiolife #artistsprocess #catblessings

No, I'm not keen on debating this. Just stop bemieving politicians and don't be an idiot. War is evil and astonishingly ...
06/03/2022

No, I'm not keen on debating this. Just stop bemieving politicians and don't be an idiot. War is evil and astonishingly stupid

#pleasestop #russia #ukraine #nowar

"Angolan Maiden"60 x 80 cmoil on canvas"A brief moment in her day. We are only passing through her world."...She's final...
23/02/2022

"Angolan Maiden"
60 x 80 cm
oil on canvas

"A brief moment in her day. We are only passing through her world."

...
She's finally done.
I started this painting about 5 years ago. She's been on my wall for so long now that I look for a spot to hang this painting automatically, every time I move studios - which has been a lot, recently.

Painting, or any creativity at all, was impossible for a lot of artists during covid so I was lucky to be able to squeak out a few months of work last year, and finally again now that life is returning to the long-promised "new normal".

#Angolanart #Namibianart #southafricanartist #wallpower #artistsprocess #capetownartist #studiolife #southafrica #oiloncanvas #braids #beads #decor #afrofuturism

Nora in Haute Couture.oil and acrylic on canvas60x90cmContext is everything. This painting took many years to complete. ...
18/02/2022

Nora in Haute Couture.
oil and acrylic on canvas
60x90cm

Context is everything. This painting took many years to complete. Though the central figure and faux fur coat was painted in just a few days, the background evolved, like most of life, through cataclysmic shifts, from gold leaf and acrylic to minimalist mauve oil, to this current shimmering, thickly painted indulgence. each time the background changed, so did the name of the painting. because context is everything

#wallpower #artistsprocess #hautecouture #capetownartist #capetownstudio #capetown #femalegaze #afrofuturism #wallpaperart #interiordecor #southafricanartist #nigerian #fineart #

"I am who I am" Oil on canvas90 x 120 cmAnd only she knows who she is.I am so delighted to have finished this larger can...
08/02/2022

"I am who I am"
Oil on canvas
90 x 120 cm

And only she knows who she is.

I am so delighted to have finished this larger canvas after many years of painting and overpainting.
She is not a "real person" in the conventional sense. Created in the studio from many sources rather than being born like mere motals. Her presence is certain. Her place in the world is undeniable. Her gaze is enough to make her real.

#wallpower #artistsprocess #newartwork #finishedpainting #oilpainting #africanhistory #humanhistory #africanart #southafricanartist #southafricanart #capetown #cameo #arthistory #blue #oval #art

"Home is Far from Here"oil on canvassold How can we remain sane without optimism? We move forward because life has that ...
06/02/2022

"Home is Far from Here"
oil on canvas
sold
How can we remain sane without optimism? We move forward because life has that sort of energy. I painted this in 2017 when none of us had any idea what was coming. The energy is right though.
Home is far, but we're getting there 🧡

#wallpower #optimism #home #capetown #artist #southafrica #artistsprocess #africanportraits #missinghome #oiloncanvas #artportfolio

Slowly, slowly joy returns. These have been a hard few years and a lot of us feel like refugees from an invisible and fa...
03/02/2022

Slowly, slowly joy returns.
These have been a hard few years and a lot of us feel like refugees from an invisible and far-off war. But home is on the horizon at last.

None of us will ever be the same but that is the way time works. The way life works.

Before it's over, fit in as much joy and love and art as you can. Use the incredible pain of these last years to make joy sharper, love deeper and art in everything.

#homecoming #joy #artislife #lifeisart #artineverything #exhibitionopening #paintings #onshow #warisover #capetownartist #artexhibition #groupshow

"The Female Gaze" oil on canvas 35 x 25 cmHidden, revealed, revealing.My friend and model, @swan_lakey has been generous...
27/01/2022

"The Female Gaze" oil on canvas 35 x 25 cm

Hidden, revealed, revealing.

My friend and model, @swan_lakey has been generous enough to sit for me several times over the years. between more formal poses she challenges me with views and ideas that produce true collaboration and challenge my comfortable perceptions and classical leanings.

#wallpower #female #portrait #hiddenfaces #oiloncanvas
#southafrica #southafricanartist #figurepainting #covered #femalegaze #malegaze #gbv #feminism

23/01/2022

Velddrift last night, no filter.
Far from everything for just a few days and I have so much to be grateful for, including having magically survived 2021.
Today I get to dip in the river to escape 44° heat, eat anything I want, sit on the boat and sketch farm life in gorgeous company
Big love to @mscuriouscat for the adventure 🧡❤️🧡🧡❤️
#plaaslewe
#farmlife #kunstwerk #artwork ##southafrica #african #resting #pretendingthemosquitosdon'texist

What drives you to create?I often ask myself why I paint what I paint. Some excellent artists have forced me to look ver...
16/01/2022

What drives you to create?

I often ask myself why I paint what I paint. Some excellent artists have forced me to look very closely.

I have a lot of intellectual answers but I think the deep one is starting to emerge. It has to do with commonality of self. What are the parts of us that don't change. Shared identity, shared self, no matter the time or place, culture or gender.

Anyway. some of this may make it into an artist statement at some point. for now I am going to just paint what I love to paint.

Try it. Art is good for you ❤️🧡💛🧡❤️

#wallpower #inspiration #inspired #artcollector #artistthoughts #capetown #africanportraits #openedition #limitededition #signedprints #fortheloveofart #africanartist #borninafrica #whoami

Paintings for my family. I finished this one about 8 years ago. My sister and her newborn sharing a moment of belonging ...
11/01/2022

Paintings for my family. I finished this one about 8 years ago. My sister and her newborn sharing a moment of belonging that's as ancient as motherhood itself.

All sorts of family paintings are coming to light now the I'm here, so more to come.

#familyportrait #oiloncanvas #artcollection #wallpower #capetown #artist #portraitpainting #commission

What do you really see in a portrait? What details grab your focus?How close is too close?#wallpower #portraitpainting #...
05/01/2022

What do you really see in a portrait? What details grab your focus?
How close is too close?

#wallpower #portraitpainting #detail #closeup #focalpoint #artcollector #africanportraits #bigpainting #artprint

Warmest Christmas greetings arrived in my inbox from art collectors in Denmark today. Thank you, thank you to all of you...
24/12/2021

Warmest Christmas greetings arrived in my inbox from art collectors in Denmark today. Thank you, thank you to all of you who keep joy, optimism and love alive even in the darkest winters.

these are my favourite photos, by the way. so if you have ever sent me a photo of my paintings, sculptures and prints in your collection, know that you make me very deeply happy.

We've all been through so much in the last year but love, support and belonging from other humans helps us survive and even thrive through it all.

Wishing everyone a completely beautiful weekend!

#LimitedEditionPrints #wallpower #privatecollection #christmas #festivus #humans #art #connection #findjoy #2021 #artist #capetown #beauty #zintle #fineartcollector #eveninthedarkesttimes #laughalittle #theusualhashtags #bemerry #christmasart #copenhagen #denmark #

I received another completely joy-inducing little treat in my inbox: Tjis photo from the collection of a friend and coll...
24/12/2021

I received another completely joy-inducing little treat in my inbox: Tjis photo from the collection of a friend and collector in the USA. ( You know who you are, 🥰😘)

Thank you for making me a part of your family celebrations and home.

When so many friends are ill, when the world is so closed off and while everything and everyone feels so very far away, connection and belonging are more important than ever. 🌲🥰

#humans #artcollector #usa #christmasart #connection #wallpower #decor #painting #inspiration #artist #capetownartist #africanartist

Good morning, beautiful humans. I can't wait to see you again#wishyouwerehere #capetownisbeautiful #nofilter #blouberg #...
16/12/2021

Good morning, beautiful humans. I can't wait to see you again

#wishyouwerehere #capetownisbeautiful #nofilter #blouberg #capetownart #landscape #seascape #artofliving

A History of Sudan -oil on canvas 90cm x 120cm prints availableThe latest iteration of this unfolding piece. most painti...
14/12/2021

A History of Sudan -oil on canvas 90cm x 120cm prints available

The latest iteration of this unfolding piece. most paintings only stop growing when they leave my studio. otherwise it's an endless dance between us

#wallpower #portrait #africa #oiloncanvas#art #southafrica #oilportrait #portraitpainting #largepainting #PrintsAvailable #LimitedEditionPrints #capetownartist #africanartist

Omicron, politics and no fly lists. This is the state of so many artists studios while we wait, wait, wait to be allowed...
06/12/2021

Omicron, politics and no fly lists. This is the state of so many artists studios while we wait, wait, wait to be allowed our work, allowed our livelihoods again.

Whatever bs you see on social media, from the self satisfied critics and art fairs... . When you speak to living artists about the last few years the smiles will crack. The facade fails and you will hear stories of forbidden failure. Of artists being desperately uncool. Silently broken while we try to uphold the masks that the galleries and critics and academics demand from us to remain saleable in a world that won't buy.

Go. Speak to living artists. See for yourself.

And, if you're waiting to buy work from living artists, don't wait. This has been a war with a very real death toll. And poverty kills artists a lot faster than it kills politicians.

#wallpower #livingartist #omicron #southafrica #economicrefugees #getarealjob #credibility #storage #thewastedyears #artist #StudioLife #studiodeath #waiting #moving #artworld

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The World in Your Eyes

What does the world look like through your eyes? Do you have family to carry your memories? Do you have pain? What do your hands feel with fingers so different from mine? My work is always deeply personal.

I believe that human connection goes much deeper than conversation, s*x or solidarity. We are one being that looks out through the eyes of everything that can see. You, me, that old drunk living under the bridge, going back hundreds of thousands of years. We are each completely alone but we share the conscious experience; feeling, touching, tasting the world through 7 billion bodies. Each one completely uniquely flawed but also precious. even sacred.


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