On Friday night I enjoyed a curated tour of the 5th edition of Cape Town Art Fair (CTAF) , hosted by Andrew Lamprecht (UCT Senior Lecturer in Fine Art).
Taking this curated tour with Andrew opened my eyes to so many new artists and their incredible works of art.
CTAF is on until 19th of February 2017, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).
I had the pleasure of meeting Justin Dingwall, a successful commercial photographer and contemporary artist. Having exhibited both locally and internationally.
His book “Albus” was launched on Thursday at CTAF. Justin was also named as one of the 20 African photographers to look out for in 2017.
My current favourite artist is Jimmy Law, born in Bloemfontein but now calls Cape Town his home, is an artist with a graphic design background.
Jimmy’s painting style and technique is self-taught. He started painting portraits of Hollywood actors, celebrities and icons, and has since moved onto doing more personal work, focussing on creating portraits of totally unknown people, and is also available for commissioned work.
I love the creative energetic beautiful portraits he does using acrylics and oils.
Maurice Mbikayi’s work also drew me closer, he was was born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo and now calls Cape Town home.
He uses obsolete technology to create beauty, he also creates performance art, and the one that grabbed my eye is Web Jacket (2015) .
BARBED WIRE PARADISE created by Liza Grobler , this installation consists of several biomorphic forms, constructed by pipe cleaners.
The viewer steps inside and movers through and continually alters the form.
Jenna Burchell is an anti-disciplinary South African artist. Her practice weaves together various forms of technology, science, anthropology, sound, and art.
Jenna builds responsive sculptural objects and large-scale interactive environments for exhibition visitors to play with. People call them ‘memory harps’ or ‘empathy machines’.
I had so much fun creating sounds with Jenna’s works and fell in love with her beautiful pieces.
These black and white photographs from Tamara James caught my eye.
The Real superheroes art the CTAF is Lalela – through Lalela’s arts curriculum and critical messaging component, they teach children how to map and manifest their dreams and goals, launching the possibility of a different future for themselves and their communities.
With after after school programmes, starting at the age of 6 years, they assist these youngsters with developing the art of imagination and connect the arts to everything important in a child’s life, from core academics to critical life skills.
Hope you have as much fun as I did exploring the CTAF.