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Minnette Vári , The Falls II, 2008. Pigment ink on cotton fibre paper. Courtesy of the artist and the Goodman Gallery.
Page 2 South African Art Times. March 2008
Editorial
The South African
The Joburg Art Fair is burning on homework and placed every of their

Art Times everyone’s lips and ears. Never has


South Africa had such an interna-
own pennies into it , as well as FNB
bold backing. The Fair might be small
tional art fair – for now at least, a blip in proportion to the SA art market
March 2008 (here on the big dark continent) on (there have been groans throughout
www.arttimes.co.za the international art radar (over 250 the 98% of galleries not invited) but
art fairs internationally and counting). one has to start somewhere and if
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this event there is a welcome lapse of show raises the whole of the SA art
promises by organizers of 10 000’s in an international light. My bet, and
Publisher of any artists being included and later congratulations are on Ross and Cobi
Gabriel P. Clark-Brown pie in face stuff. and their dedicated team to go forth
Advertising It seems that Ross Douglas and Cobi and given time make that blip strong
Leone Rouse Lauscagne really have done their and bright the world over.
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King Shaka will be high...


News: press@arttimes.co.za
Shows: show@arttimes.co.za
Artwork: art@arttimes.co.za This years winner of the Mercedes-Benz South Africa 2008 Art Award, Sculptor Kevin Brand
Layout and Design
Dog beat but not that high Brand sets the world on fire
Deadlines for news, articles and clas-
sifieds 20th of each month
The Art Times is published in the first
week of each month. News and ad-
Patrick Burnett between the KZN government Patrick Burnett South African society, his use of sense of my time on this earth and
vertising material need to be with the and an international developer in non-traditional sculpting materials sometimes there are sad things
news and marketing managers by the
CAPE TOWN (WCN) Dubai. He said the project involved CAPE TOWN (WCN) – The first and the way in which his work has to make comments about and
15th- 20th of each month.
The KwaZulu-Natal provincial gov- a multi-billion rand investment on entry in artist Kevin Brand’s hefty been made accessible through its sometimes there are intimate and
Newspaper rights ernment has downplayed reports the Northern side of the uThukela portfolio of work that stretches location in public spaces. happy things you want to make
The newspaper reserves the right to reject that a giant statue of King Shaka is River in the Macambini area. back over 25 years is a photo- “Being recognised for the body of comments about, so you can do
any material that could be found offensive
by its readers. Opinions expressed in the to be built in the province, refusing Maistry said one of Ndebele’s pas- graph of a cast cement work which work that you have done through- all those things at the same time,”
SA Art Times do not necessarily represent to be drawn on the height or cost sions was to “restore heritage and says simply, “Kevin Brand Makes out your career, that is the nice he said.
the official viewpoint of the editor, staff or
publisher, while inclusion of advertising of the structure. culture to its rightful place”. Things.” Brand’s commitment to thing about it,” said Brand of the Brand maintains that he did not
features does not imply the newspaper’s Initial newspaper reports sug- “The premier is of the belief that making things, spanning back to award, speaking from his offices set out to work in public spaces
endorsement of any business, product or
service. Copyright of the enclosed mate- gested that the statue would dwarf culture and heritage plays an 1982 as a young graduate from at the Cape Town campus of the but that some of his work lent itself
rial in this publication is reserved. the Statue of Liberty in New York important part in bringing about the University of Cape Town’s Cape Peninsula University of Tech- to this.
by 13 meters, rising 106-metres reconciliation and peace.” Michaelis School of Fine Art, nology, where he works.
into the air and coming at a price But DA provincial caucus leader paid off in January when he was Many of Brand’s creations have “I make it for myself initially, but
SUBSCRIPTIONS tag of R200m, but Logan Maistry, Roger Burrows said: “At the mo- rewarded with the Mercedes-Benz carried a powerful commentary I also like it to be accessible to
spokesperson for KZN Premier ment, the whole thing remains South Africa 2008 Art Award. about life in South Africa, such as people who have not been to art
NAMIBIA Sbu Ndebele, said: “I don’t know remarkable vague.” A sculptor by training, over the 19 Boys Running, based on the school or even been to school. I
Call John at: where they got those figures from.” He said he did not believe the years Brand has carved out a 1985 Uitenhague Massacre or like to work it so there is some
Tel: +264 81 1286585 He said architects were still busy project would happen until some- niche for himself making things on Never, Never Again, the District visual magnet for them and they
with the design and costing, mak- one was prepared to put money a grand and small scale, from the Six piece created out of cardboard, can get something out of it.”
ZIMBABWE ing it impossible to give a height into it. Maistry disagreed with
Gallery Delta steps of District Six, made out of but this is also not at the expense
and cost. However, he said: “We suggestions that money could be seven tonnes of cardboard, to the of exploring intimate, personal Brand’s next exhibition, Set the
110 Livingstone Avenue,
can confirm that it is going to be a better spent on social needs. iconic Sam Nzima image of Hector spaces. World on Fire, is scheduled for
Greenwood Park, Harare,
Tel/fax: (263-4) 792135
high statue.” “We think it is absolutely important Pieterson taken during the 1976 Brand likens this duality to a reali- display at the Bell Roberts Gallery
ael@twinarts.co.zw
that in order to move forward we Soweto uprising and transposed sation that it’s possible to embrace in May.
In his State of the Province ad- need to know where we come on the Leerdam wall of The Castle both the Beatles and the Rolling
Get your copy dress on February 13, Ndebele from. People want to know about in Cape Town. Stones. A choice doesn’t need to -- West Cape News
delivered to your door said as part of efforts to attract King Shaka, they want to know the The judges in the Mercedes-Benz be made because both can be
www.arttimes.co.za investors to the province, a Memo- story.” Art Award recognised Brand’s encompassed.
randum of Understanding had work for his commentary on “What I’m trying to do is make
been signed on January 8 West Cape News

art room
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Sexier than rock ‘n roll


Joburg fair aims to use art to keep talented professional in the city
By Aspasia Karras
From: The Times, South Africa

ART is the new rock ‘n roll, and


artists the new rock stars. It’s true
the world over.
At Art Basel and Frieze in London,
celebrities in sneakers make the
100m dash on the opening night of
the art fairs so they can be first to
spend their celebrity dollars on the
dernier cri (the latest thing) of the
art world.
There are about 240 art fairs that
take place around the world, but
some have the kind of cachet and
frisson that attracts the high-oc-
tane, jet-setting types you associ-
ate with the social pages of glossy
magazines.
Art is sexy right now and Ross
Douglas is propelling Joburg into
this heady firmament. I’m not
feeling very heady myself as I
wade through the building site in Were it will all happen: Sandton Convention Centre. (Photo not part of the Times article) Photo: John Hodgkiss
Milpark where his Artlogic offices
are housed the week before the needs creativity and South Africa I have six friends who have been He came to this field via film
city’s debut Contemporary Art Fair is an easy place to be creative. shot dead, but 1 cannot let that production, which he abandoned
is due to open. If you invest in creativity it keeps undermine our hope for the future.” because he was disappointed in
Sponsored by FNB, the fair will creative people invested in the His specific hope for the future lies the prospects of the South African
represent 15 of the country’s top society. in creating “something sustainable film industry.
galleries, six international galleries and commercial, that captures the
and a series of art events — in- London is so clever. It captured it imagination. “In Africa, of all the creative
cluding a show curated by Simon creativity market and as a result it industries art is the only one that is
Njami, the curator of Africa Remix; is a sexy place. If you want keep “We wanted to make a fair that is not reliant on a big economy. Think
an installation by internationally the talented professionals in your sustainable, critically acclaimed of what it lakes to produce a film or
acclaimed South African artist city you have to give them the and unique enough that it will even take a theatrical production
Robin Rhode; and a screening of culture that they can get globally.” attract foreign visitors. We are a on tour.”
William Kentridge films. niche market and unique player in
But after a few minutes with Ross Hosting an art fair in the current the international art world, and the “We are culturally conservative
I’m sold. It’s not that this laconic psychological and economical only art fair in Africa dedicated to in South Africa but we are at a
fellow, who is resting his Con- climate in the country seems al- African art,“We are lucky because crossroads, Contemporary art in
verse-clad feet on a Gregor Jenkin most counter-intuitive — art is not there is a lot of interest. African art its essence breaks down and chal-
designer desk, is particularly excit- exactly a bread and butter issue. is huge internationally and our art- lenges stereotypes,”
able but, in his measured way, he “Our market is busy immigrating ists arc internationally acclaimed.” Perhaps an art fair is precisely
makes a convincing business case Australia,” he half-heartedly jests, what we need right now, as we
for urbanity and culture. “and it can seem a devastating Ross’s company, Artlogic, uses art seem to be battling for our coun-
“We have got to push the creativity blow ... events to promote companies and try’s very soul.
of the city and give South Africans But it’s time to kick off in South brands. In this instance, FNB will
an equivalent experience to what Africa. “We have spent every cent provide the brand kudos. • See www.joburgartfair.co.za
they can get overseas. A country we have here. more in information

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Page 4 South African Art Times. March 2008

Warren Editions creates a ‘democratic’ art market


As Warren talks of her back- because she didn’t mind doing
ground, printmaking knowledge it, asking nothing more than one
and how she wants to “democra- copy of the print in return.
tise” the art market, the answer Her mastery of the process led her
to the question: why would an to being employed as the studio
artist want to come work with her, assistant during her undergrad
becomes clear. years, cementing her knowledge
“There is a market for prints,” she and earning her some pocket
says, “it is strong and stable and is money in the process.
growing steadily.” Then it was five years spent on a
scholarship in one of the world’s
Publishing an edition of prints is at- printmaking capitals, Antwerp,
tractive to many artists, “especially which led to her expanding her
if they are working in a slow me- repertoire and mastering intaglio
dium like large wood sculptures, techniques little known in South
for instance, which takes ages to Africa.
create one piece” and the value of
which would be out of reach for Yet although she obtained her
the average person. MFA at the University of Johan-
“With prints, more people have nesburg in 2006, the term ‘master
access to your work, it’s an edition. printmaker’ is one she shies away
It’s more democratic. It provides from.
for the middle market. It’s benefi-
cial to all.” “It’s a rather heavy term,” said
She says editions of between 20 says, but her ability to take care of
and 30 prints, each of which is sold the technical processes, and show
for under R5 000, is best, allowing the artist how best to achieve
middle-income earners who realise certain effects, frees the artist to
the value of investing in original concentrate on the actual mark-
art produced by up-and-coming making and creation of tone and
artists, to enter the market. texture, producing a true collabora-
But publishing a set of print edi- tive effort.
tions is not necessarily ideal for And with Warren Editions taking
every artist. care of the subsequent ‘business
end’ – the consignments, gallery
“It needs to be an artist whose hangings, sales and invoicing
After years spent locally and overseas Zhané Warren of Warren Editions sets up shop in Cape Town. Photo: Steve Kretzmann work can be translated to print- – and handing the majority of the
making, and whose work I find profits (60%) back to the artist, it’s
exciting and respond to.” likely she’ll soon have a number
Steve Kretzmann home-away-from home for hun- the zeitgeist of the ‘90s, Warren space and light that floods into her For the artist, experience in print- of artists knocking on the door to
dreds of Capetonians who partied seems to embody what is becom- studio and one half expects to find making is not essential. “It’s quite her loft.
CAPE TOWN (WCN) -- Within away the mid-‘90s. ing more common in the mid a squadron of workers beavering exciting when they don’t have any
each city are any number of iconic Fast forward and the Loft shifts ‘naughties – young entrepreneurs away in the nooks and crannies. experience,” she says, as she In the meantime, we can look
spaces which get reinvented over through a muso’s gig space, doing what they love and making But it seems Warren has all the enjoys the process of discovery forward to saving for prints by
time. In Cape Town, one of these offbeat advertising studio ‘Daddy it work for them. In Warren’s case, space to herself and whichever the artist encounters. Hentie van der Merwe and the
spaces is the top floor of a vertical Buy me a Pony’ office studio and what she loves is printmaking artist she happens to collaborate This may be because Warren other artists she’s already got lined
four-floor building on the corner of acclaimed Afro Magazine HQ, and with a certitude belying her with. seems to thoroughly enjoy leading up in her appointment book, which
Bree and Dorp Streets, known to to its latest exciting incarnation: 31 years, she has set herself up others through the technical proc- include Paul Edmunds, Conrad
many as the Loft. the headquarters of brand new as one of only a handful of print And although she is yet to publish ess of intaglio printing, and her Botes, Claudette Schreuders,
With its open plan warehouse- print publishing company Warren publishers in the country. her first edition of prints by Hentie speciality, aquatint. Luan Nel and Henk Serfontein, as
design and screed cement floor Editions, established by Zhané At the top of the long narrow van der Merwe, she already has Even as a student at Stellenbosch, well as Tom Cullberg, whom she is
juxtaposed by a sloping loft-style Warren in October last year. stairwell Warren, petite as she is, six top young artists lined up to she says, she used to prepare currently working with. -- WCN
ceiling, it was a trip-hop rave And as the Loft was indicative of seems dwarfed by the ample work with her. fellow student’s plates simply
South African Art Times. March 2008 Page 5

Deception, betrayal at heart of


Pretoria art theft haul
tion – the Otto Klar’s were worth ices, Mike Bolhuis was called in,
between R8 000 and R25 00 each West told him where the painting
– and had his own designs. had come from and it was rapidly
But Prinsloo was unaware of the traced back to Mulder.
work being stolen from his house Speaking on February 29, Bolhuis
until the Boshoff landscape was said “all” the stolen works had
stolen during a “staged” break-in at been recovered and Mulder, who
his house on February 1. had been kept in police custody
Thereafter, Prinsloo said he im- since his arrest on February 5, had
mediately began notifying galleries made a full confession.
to keep a lookout for the missing He said when word went out that
paintings. SSS was investigating, a number
He said it wasn’t long before John of galleries had called to say they
West Art Gallery phoned him back might unwittingly be stocking the
to say they might have one of his stolen art.
paintings. This included a couple of “top”
West said he had come to be in galleries in the elite Waterkloof
possession of the Boshoff painting Ridge area, as well as a number of
after having purchased it from an galleries in Brooklyn.
art dealer he knew, who in turn “Most of them were very embar-
had bought it from Mulder after rassed,” he said.
Mike Bollhuis, from Specialized Security Sevice (SSS) examins one of responding to an advertisement in But he said Mulder had been steal-
the recovered South African master art works. Photo: Pretoria News the Junk Mail. ing art from Prinsloo for some time
and had gotten good at “spinning
West said the dealer, upon stories” about how he had come to
meeting Mulder, realised he knew own the art.
Steve Kretzmann thefts, in terms of number of works Mulder’s father, which established He said Prinsloo’s mistake was
stolen, in the country. a level of trust. that he didn’t keep his collection
CAPE TOWN -- Behind last Although it appeared the paintings, While negotiating purchase of the under “lock and key”, but stashed
month’s investigation and recovery particularly those by Klar, were Klar paintings, Mulder apparently it in various places around his
of large number or artworks stolen stolen over a matter of months, it mentioned he also had a Boshoff house.
from a Pretoria businessman is a was the theft of the Boshoff paint- painting, which was brought out. He said Mulder, who had pleaded
story of betrayal and broken friend- ing, valued at close to R60 000, “He bought it and offered it to me,” guilty in court, was unlikely to get a
ship which has also left a number which led to investigations being said West, who valued it as worth jail sentence but would most prob-
of Tshwane galleries red-faced. initiated. “between R55 000 and R58 000”. ably receive a “very stiff fine”.
Close on a million Rand’s worth of After finding an interested client, “It was what we call decisive and
art was stolen from private collec- Prinsloo said he had owned 124 of he “heard from a friend that a intelligent theft, he had done his
tor and Pretoria vacuum cleaner Klar’s paintings, bought from Klar’s Boshoff had been stolen”. homework and it seemed, although
salesman Andre Prinsloo, allegedly heir and stepson Klaus Fischer, He said he got hold of Prinsloo he stole and sold the artworks
by his friend and business partner and had also collected a number and asked him to describe the on his own, that he had obtained
Victor Mulder. of other paintings over the years painting. advice from other criminals who
And it appears some of it made its which he had set aside as an “I said to him (Prinsloo) I’ve go an dealt in the art market.
way onto gallery walls. investment for his “pension”. Adriaan Boshoff here that sounds “He knew what the work was worth
With 52 works by Otto Klar, an But it appeared as if Mulder, who like it’s the same. If you can send and asked about one third of the
Adriaan Boshoff landscape and had been working with him in the me a copy of the certificate of value when he sold it. This was
a handful of other South African vacuum cleaner sales business authenticity we can sort it out.” enough to make a greedy person
artists included in the haul, it could since November last year, knew At this point the head of investigat- buy it without asking too many
well rank as one of the larger art the worth of Prinsloo’s collec- ing firm Specialised Security Serv- questions.” -- WCN

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South African Art Times. March 2008 Page 7

Poor quality print reproductions that were on sale at Mr Price (above) vs quality artist’s print (below)

Top SA artist short-changed by Mr Price


Patrick Burnett in December and seeing the prints. sold that would have benefited the said that by the end of January
She said high quality prints of her artist. 2008 “all copies of the offending
CAPE TOWN (WCN) -- The saying husband’s work had been done She said at the time they had art work had been recalled from
imitation is the best form of flattery legally by Universal Prints in consulted a lawyer, but that United our stores countrywide”.
has taken on a sour meaning Germany, but that the Mr Price Prints had since informed them “We are appreciative of the fact
for an internationally recognised prints had been “ugly and embar- that they would be dealing with the that this allegation of copyright
Garden Route artist after he was rassing”. It is believed the Mr Price legal aspect as they held copyright infringement has been brought to
astonished to find that poor quality prints came from reproductions on prints. our attention, which has allowed
prints of his work were for sale made in China, copied from the Contacted by email, Universal us to take the necessary corrective
at Mr Price Home -- without his prints made by Universal Prints. Prints managing director Kejwan action.” In explaining the situation,
permission. Valandiz did not rule out legal Mr Price said stock was sourced
In an embarrassing move, Mr Price “The face of one picture is action, saying his lawyer had been on the basis that suppliers had
has since been forced to withdraw completely destroyed, she looks in contact with a South African already been cleared of copyright
stock of the R159.99 apiece like she has been a victim of lawyer to “bring the jurisdiction to issues.
prints of paintings by artist Peter domestic violence,” she said of Germany”. “This particular incident involving
Pharoah, after he complained to the painting African Grace, one of Valandiz said he would inform the Mr Pharoah’s work appears to be
the retailer. those copied. Pharoah said the European Art Copyright Coalition, an unfortunate act of copyright
“We were so angry about it,” said infringement had been concerning of which they were a member, so infringement by the supplier. Mr
Tracey Pharoah, Peter Pharoah’s as people would think the prints they could organise against Price would never knowingly sup-
wife and manager of the Pharoah represented the quality of her Mr Price. port this and the matter has been
Gallery in Wilderness, about walk- husband’s work. Each print sold taken further by our attorneys.”
ing into a Mr Price store in George could have been a genuine print A Mr Price Group spokesperson -- West Cape News
Page 8 South African Art Times. March 2008

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South African Art Times. March 2008 Page 9

Man for All Art Seasons - A tribute exhibition for doyen Joe Wolpe
as public collections. The proof of It is possible to argue that his last year, had just become the
the famous fine Joe eye is all too Stern’s art at the Wolpe Gallery in National Gallery of what is today
evident in the latter. Strand Street in 1966 ignited the one of the most valuable paintings
Humorous and witty like the man, enthusiasm which now drives her Kitaj’s deliciously enigmatic In the
the title resounds on a number of current auction sales to beyond darling of the international scene
levels, not the least to the fact that the millions. It was a wow of a and getting this picture for Cape
no transaction would have been show. Town was a triumph.
finalised without a cup of coffee Turn the clock to 1983 and the
shared in any of the venues and buzz of his famous space upstairs So was the acquisition of an-
galleries he inhabited over the in Impala House in Castle Street, other of the great late-20th century
decades. and it is the turn of Francine works in the Iziko collection: Frank
Over coffee the conversation Scialom Greenblatt to set the local Auerbach se Head of Julia (1981)
would be convivial and upbeat, art world alight with her gloriously and, in 1985, a valuable earlier
even when a major sales agree- exotic, erotic female nudes on a painting, Maurice de Vlaminck’s
ment was being negotiated. And very large scale. For weeks this Arbre Au Tourniquet, Chatou
when concluded, the latter would exhibition was the talk of the town, (1910).
be nothing but be satisfactory to while Joe held firmly onto his These works, beautifully on show
all parties. Wolpe is too much of a naughty smile. in When Cape Art was Coffee with
dyed-in-the-wool art lover to flog That was the same year that Joe are genuine proof of Wolpe’s
stuff foolishly. And local history Joe Wolpe quietly negotiated the skills as international art dealer.
Joe Wolpe in his famous Wolpe Galley at Impala House in Castle Street during th 1980s. Photo: Harry de Zitter. stands as testimony, as well as art- acquisition by the South African But, in the final instance, a grand
ist careers. finely-tuned exhibition in the Iziko collection: Ronald tribute to his remarkable eye for
Melvyn Minnaar old-fashioned diplomatic dealer’s too public - all in the nature of the of Irma Mountains (1982). Kitaj, who died great art.
way. Of course there are lots man, his dealings and art. But
At the age of 85, Joe Wolpe is the more, but essentially two things a clever exhibition at the South
not the lion in winter, but still buck- have made Joe Wolpe the famous African Jewish Museum in the
agile in his scouting out of the art dealer he is: his love and Gardens is putting the spotlight on
art scene, locating the sharpest, brilliant perception of art, and this character without who Cape
brightest art. Encouraging where his passion to engage on these Town’s art scene would not be
and when required. The legendary terms with other people, whether what it is.
humility and friendliness lingers, so these were/are artists, collectors,
does the wicked sense of humour - museum personnel, other dealers A tribute to the life and work of Joe
as well as the invitation to discuss or friends. Wolpe who will turn 86 on July 9
it all over a cup of coffee. this year, the exhibition is titled
For decades Wolpe was the art When Cape Art was Coffee with
Observing those blue-grey dealer in Cape Town. Then he Joe and traces his career from the
eyes dash about from under gave it up and, to the surprise time he took over his father Max’s
those dense brows, beneath the of a few, but the cheer of many, framing workshop in Lelie Street,
famous greying Wolpe tangles, he started making art. And today through to his work as a gallerist,
as he assesses an artwork, is an - while some have made it into dealer in local and international
experience itself. You see him the good public collections - Joe art, and artist of note.
looking, perhaps a smile playing Wolpe’s small paintings and
on his face, and his mind paging delicate constructions are mostly The exhibition comprises en-
though a life-long reference library treasured by those in the know, chanting nostalgic photographs,
of visual experience to suss the those close, those who share examples of his own fine artworks,
painting or whatever placed in what is in essence a Wolpe Cape but also impressive paintings and
front of him. And then he’ll tell you culture. sculptures that he facilitated the Wolpe and Hayden Proud, Iziko curator, with the painting Arbre Au Tourniquet, Chatou by Maurice de Vlaminck
what he thinks straight, in an It has been a quiet world this, not acquisition of for private as well. in the vault of the SA National Gallery. Photo: Harry de Zitter.

Daniel Novela Art Studio


One of worth visiting art places in South Africa is the studio
of Daniel Novela, one of the black landscape impressionists
that South Africa has ever produced before. His studio is
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This is an opportunity for all serious art collectors: individu-


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Curators, art auction Managing Directors and many others.
Among those who have visited Novela studio

Green grazing zone, Oil on canvas board, 1,20m x 80 cm Conflicting Skies, Oil on canvas board, 76cm x 51 cm is the world renowned Mr Carlos Parreira, the current
To visit Daniel Novela art studio please book an appointment and for more information on how to get there or for a preview see: BafanaBafana Coach as well as Mr Robert Du Preez the
www.danielnovela.co.za or email to info@danielnovela.co.za Managing Director of Mr Price who all have made a good
or contact Daniel Novela at: Studio: +27 18 489 1780 Fax: +27 18 489 1777 Cell: +27 82 262 3600 collectiopn of Daniel’s work.

Lute Vink
Wildlife Artist

Studio : 21 Kierieklapper Street,


Leeupoort Vakansiedorp.

Tel : (014) 735-0298


Cell : 082 854 2295/082 546 7780
email : lutevink@absamail.co.za
www.lutevink.co.za
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Lynette ten
Krooden
Cell: +27 82 880 1953
E-mail: ltkdesign@mweb.
co.za, Web Page: www.art.
co.za
©

Dawn in the mist


320 x 320mm
Goldleaf and acrylic on paper

Roswitha
von Glehn
Wildlife - drawings, watercolours & woodcuts
Landscapes - in oil & watercolour

Tel +27 11 787 1983


email kayglehn@global.co.za

Joan Abrahams Heather Auer


Art & Sculpture Gallery
The present thrust of the work by artist,
Joan Abrahams, has been to explore painterliness,
produce objects and push towards post-modernist
Heather Auer – Simon’s Town
work, which integrates narrative and identity, both
Quayside Centre, Wharf Street
historically and geographically, as well as commenting
Simonstown
on issues of psycho-socio-political significance.
-
Tel /Fax: +27 11 486 1368 Heather Auer - Hout Bay
Mobile: +27 82 850 1072
Email: joanabra@mweb.co.za Shop 3, 22 Main Road
Hout Bay
www.art.co.za
http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/yourgallery/ 0827792695
artist_profile/ Joan+Abrahams/12596.html 0828289205
Tel/Fax 021 7861309
Title (left): Book l Mixed media (paper, material, info@heatherauer.co.za
string, staples, ink), 104.5cm x 75cm. 2006 www.heatherauer.co.za

Fiona
Ewan
Rowett

0832673013
rorowett@altonet.co.za
white noise (of daily life)
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