Lucky Sibiya was born in 1942 in Vryheid, Natal. Sibiya was educated at St Peter’s Seminary, Hammanskraal.
His early art career consisted of carving decorative motifs on the surfaces of gourds for lampshade bases. He was given guidance by Cecil Skotnes and Bill Ainslie.
Luke Batha was born in 1984 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Batha is a contemporary painter working with subject matter such as landscapes, buildings and most recognisably his watercolour portraits.
Batha is largely influenced by the Renaissance painters as well as the classical draughtsman and drawers. Batha worked under Stephan Erasmus, the ABSA collection curator.
Having been exposed to art at an early age Batha has cultivated his intrinsic artistic talents, into his own body of expressive and abstracted works. He spent time in 1996, in a gap year where he travelled in France and England, enhancing is artistic influence. Batha is the son of iconic painter Gehard Batha.
She started studying art at Michaelis School of art at UCT. However her father wanted her to get a practical education in the medical field and she became a microbiologist. This was not her first love and she has often described the most interesting part of microbiology being the wonderful colours and patterns that one would see through the microscope.
Liz married in 1981 had 4 children and studied psychology and art through Unisa trying to find a deeper understanding of life and the world.
Another huge influence in Liz’s life has been meditation and yoga. She qualified as a Yoga Teacher in the Hatha style at the Yoga Connection in Pretoria. Here she combines philosophy, music and the physical discipline of Yoga.
Liz always returns to her first love art. She is a visual person who is either painting or photographing the natural beauty of the world. She has painted in acrylic and oil but the medium she loves the most is sculpture. She is largely self taught and began by sculpting in concrete and has moved on to working in wax and casting in bronze because this medium is so enduring.
She loves form and medium and sculpture is the best way of expressing the merging of form and medium.
The biggest influencers of Liz are Ai Weiwei the greatest Chinese conceptual artist of our time and Henry Moore best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures.
She describes sculpture as, and I quote:
“ Sculpture is a physical form of coming into a moment of stillness.”
Victor was born in Witbank, South Africa. She received her BA Fine Arts Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, in 1986.
From 1990 to the present, Victor has lectured part-time, teaching drawing and printmaking at various South African institutions including the University of Pretoria, Wits Technikon, Pretoria Technikon, Open Window Academy, Vaal Triangle Technikon, the University of the Witwatersrand, Rhodes University and the University of Johannesburg. Artwork Victor’s work uses the figure, often her own self-portrait, to create complex narratives relating to contemporary South Africa and to the more global crisis of war, corruption and violence in both the public, political and in private life.
According to Virginia Mackenny, Victor’s work challenges the viewer “to scour her heavily packed images, densely rich in individual detail, to discover their levels of irony and action.
Singularly devoid of any classicising hope of order, these images recall Breugal or Bosch in their pessimistic view of the world and the heaping of one folly on top of another”.
Victor depicts reality fraught with injustice, revealing the complexity of contemporary existence. Her “ability to present her themes and subjects in a manner that all but forces our identification with them ejects us out of our complacent stupors, whether we wish it or not.”
In her portfolio of prints, Birth of a Nation (2009), published by David Krut Projects, Victor explores the history of colonial engagement in Africa in the context of contemporary corruption and imperialism. She uses historical and mythological references as a platform to insert South African narratives, fusing a recognisable storyline with new characters and South African subjects.
In Disasters of Peace, Victor directly references Francisco de Goya’s Disasters of War. In this series, Victor evokes Goya’s criticism of the atrocities of war while demonstrating the continuation of violence after war, and in the case of South Africa, after the end of apartheid.
Highlighting overlooked and everyday violence, this series draws attention to this contemporary desensitised gaze or tolerance of violence. To Victor: “The images I am working with are taken from our daily media coverage of recent and almost commonplace happenings in newspapers, on TV and on radio of social and criminal acts of violence and ongoing unnecessary deaths – occurrences so frequent that they no longer raise an outcry from our public, yet they still constitute disaster in peacetime.” Smoke drawings Victor’s smoke portraits explore subjects often overlooked, for example South African prisoners awaiting trial and missing children. These portraits capture individuals caught in a vulnerable moment, an idea reinforced through the impermanent nature of the medium used.
Victor uses drawing media to capture both the subject’s portrait and vulnerable condition that is somehow in-between presence and absence. Victor is attracted to the direct correlation between the fragility of human life and the susceptibility of the physical image. For Victor, “the portraits are made with the deposits of carbon from candle smoke on white paper.
They are exceedingly fragile and can be easily damaged, disintegrating with physical contact as the carbon soot is dislodged from the paper.
I was interested in the extremely fragile nature of these human lives and of all human life, attempting to translate this fragility into portraits made from a medium as impermanent as smoke itself”‘
Banksy is an anonymous England-based street artist, vandal, political activist, and film director.
His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stencilling technique. His works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.
Banksy displays his art on publicly visible surfaces such as walls and self-built physical prop pieces. Banksy no longer sells photographs or reproductions of his street graffiti, but his public "installations" are regularly resold, often even by removing the wall they were painted on.
American artist and sculptor Jim Dine is one of the most important figures in Pop Art, and has often been associated with the Neo-Dadaist movement. Dine, along s, Robert Dowd, Phillip Hefferton, Joe Goode was featured in the monumental New Painting of Common Objects show in 1962, one of the first shows of its kind introducing the world to Pop Art.
In later years, Dine's work has shifted in subject from everyday objects to nature themes, with an emphasis on sculpture. Many works by the artist have been sold at auction, including 'Miss Pussy's Green Picture' sold at Sotheby's New York 'Contemporary Art Day' in 2007 for R5 894 000
Andy Warhol, original name Andrew Warhola, (born August 6, 1928, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.—died February 22, 1987, New York, New York), American artist and filmmaker, an initiator and leading exponent of the Pop art movement of the 1960s whose mass-produced art apotheosized the supposed banality of the commercial culture of the United States.
An adroit self-publicist, he projected a concept of the artist as an impersonal, even vacuous, figure who is nevertheless a successful celebrity, businessman, and social climber.
The son of Ruthenian (Rusyn) immigrants from what is now eastern Slovakia, Warhol graduated in 1949 from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), Pittsburgh, with a degree in pictorial design. He then went to New York City, where he worked as a commercial illustrator for about a decade.
Warhol began painting in the late 1950s and received sudden notoriety in 1962, when he exhibited paintings of Campbell’s soup cans, Coca-Cola bottles, and wooden replicas of Brillo soap pad boxes.
By 1963 he was mass-producing these purposely banal images of consumer goods by means of photographic silkscreen prints, and he then began printing endless variations of portraits of celebrities in garish colours.
The silkscreen technique was ideally suited to Warhol, for the repeated image was reduced to an insipid and dehumanized cultural icon that reflected both the supposed emptiness of American material culture and the artist’s emotional noninvolvement with the practice of his art.
Warhol’s work placed him in the forefront of the emerging Pop art movement in America.
probably the most important figure of 20th century, in terms of art, and art movements that occurred over this period. Before the age of 50, the Spanish born artist had become the most well known name in modern art, with the most distinct style and eye for artistic creation. There had been no other artists, prior to Picasso, who had such an impact on the art world, or had a mass following of fans and critics alike, as he did.
Pablo Picasso was born in Spain in 1881, and was raised there before going on to spend most of his adult life working as an artist in France. Throughout the long course of his career, he created more than 20,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics and other items such as costumes and theater sets. He is universally renowned as one of the most influential and celebrated artists of the twentieth century.
Picasso's ability to produce works in an astonishing range of styles made him well respected during his own lifetime. After his death in 1973 his value as an artist and inspiration to other artists has only grown. He is without a doubt destined to permanently etch himself into the fabric of humanity as one of the greatest artists of all time
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