Africa’s Art Collective at Mall of Africa
Some artists explore local textiles, drawing inspiration from nature, past experiences and the everyday, to somehow find the perfect balance between abstract and contemporary art. Others find the urgent humour in current events and translate it into captivating portraits, convening a handful of different messages. However, art doesn’t need to have a predominant theme, nor does it tend to stay confined to one general medium or tone – it’s expressive and thought provoking. It’s not only a creative outlet for the artist, but a feast for all eyes. The general misconception surrounding art and the collection thereof lies in thinking that art is only for the wealthy. It’s true that some local pieces can go for hundreds of thousands, but others don’t. Regardless of whether you’re an average Joe or a seasoned collector, the Africa’s Art Collective at Mall of Africa certainly has something to spark a love for the arts in you.
The Art Collective, in partnership with Julie Miller Art Institute features work of both local and international artists, showcasing over 400 pieces. Some of the Art Collectives on display include Featured International Solo Artist, Pascual Tarazona, Solo Artists, Jean Doyle, Charles Greig Gallery, UJ Senior Students, UJ Masters – Past and present, Assemblage, Print on Paper Partnership, Nugget Square, Art Lovers, Artist Proof Studio, Living artist Emporium, and of course, the Julie Miller Art Institute. Let’s take a closer look at the Collectives and Featured artists.
Right in the swing of things, Nugget Square houses a collection of artists which include works from Elizaveta Rukavishnikova, Ernst Ncgobo, George Holloway, Gina Waldman Balkind, Gordon Froud, Mandy Coppes-Martin, Robyn Field, Sandile Radebe, Sarah Grace and Vivien Kohler.
UJ Senior Students and Masters Past and Present
Gordon Froud, lecturer at the University of Johannesburg and also a part of the Nugget Square Collective, has enjoyed major success in his career. This has allowed him to include the UJ Senior Students and UJ Masters in this event, not only because he mentored them, but also because they are exceptional artists in their own respective rights. Look out for UJ Masters Past and Present artists Colleen Winter, Jean Bollweg, Kiveshan Thumbiran, Muziwandile Gigaba, Roxy Kaczmarek and Thabang Monoa; and UJ Senior Students Alexa Pienaar, Alexia Ferreira, Erin Voster, Katelyn Chetty, Kelly Oldham, Kim Ilunga, Nia van Schalkwyk, Nico Ras, Sachin Narain and Sinead Fletcher.
Assemblage, Print on Paper Partnership
Consisting of a community of artists, Assemblage started a print on paper studio that enables artists to create limited edition prints of their work. This gives collectors the opportunity to collect limited prints at a slightly lower price point that still holds investment potential. Prints featured at the Art Collective include works from Bevan de Wet, Cloudia Hartwig, Fred Clarke, Gawie Joubert, Isaac Zavale, Lisolomzi Pikoli, Minenkulu Ngoyi, Niall Bingham, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Ross Passmoor, Sindiso Nyoni, Stephan Erasmus, Themba Khumalo, Yael Feldman and Zolani Siphungela.
Artist Proof Studio
Artist Proof Studio is an educational institution that offers a three year course and teaches more than just art. It’s an influential institution where very practical skills like print making, forming concepts and creating bodies of work are taught to help young artists forward their careers. Artists displaying their work from the collective include Alex Vosloo, Bronwen Findlay, Donald Makola, Kelebogile Masilo, Lloyd Maluleke, Matthews Makgothlo, Mongezi Ncaphayi, Phillip Mabote, Sizwe Khoza and Tony Nkotsi.
Living Artist Emporium
Like with Artist Proof Studio, Living Artist Emporium has a collective of established artists helping and supporting young artists build their careers. Artists to look out for include Conrad Bo, Dbongz Mahlathi, James Tambula, Khotso Kupi, Mbongeni Mhlongo, McCloud Simango, MiaMish, Siyabonga Mlambi, Splash Motong, Thabiso Dakamela, Thabo Maseko and Vincent Mbeje.
Louise Boshoff, daughter of the late Adriaan Boshoff, believes in helping struggling artists get the recognition they deserve and the work is truly breathtaking. Artists featured in the collective include Anton de Klerk, Dodi Biayi, Eric Lubisi, Nthando Ngwenya and Tienie Pritchard.
But that’s not all! Be sure to come experience the Art Collective for yourself. Have a browse and let your mind be transported by the whimsical, abstract, and remarkable.