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North Gallery


Stephi Joubert
Quest of the heART

3 May 2019 to 2 June 2019
 
Pretoria artist, Stephi Joubert has spent most of her life in the quest for beauty and art.  In her long career she has experimented with various mediums: pencil, graphite, pastel, acrylic paints, airbrushing, oils, digital media, sculpting, scratchboard and lately claybord. She prefers the latter even though she has to import it from America since South African art stores don’t stock these versatile boards.
 
She has created in various styles including realism (depicting people, animals and landscapes) and abstract and has her works printed in two colouring books for adults.  She never had formal training, except for art classes at a local art studio.  In 2015 she held her first solo exhibition at the Pretoria Arts Association where she sold all her works.  In 2017 she had another exhibition at the same venue showcasing her clayboard works.  Her latest exhibition opens here and once again promises to be very exciting and of a high standard.
 
Stephi says:   “The dictionary defines QUEST as a long, arduous search for something. The non-medical definition of the heart is the central or innermost part of something.  Art is a window into this search.  Each line represents the thousands of different paths each of us takes in our search of the innermost pathway of our existence.  The heart, the spirit and the soul are intrinsically linked to this search and it is not surprising that the word heart contains the word ART.  Art, whether being created or enjoyed, is a part of each of us, a window to our quest and a steppingstone in making sense of it.”

 


 

Main Gallery


Studio Raid
A selection of work from Mimi van der Merwe’s studio

17 May 2019 to 2 June 2019

 
Mimi van der Merwe is a much admired and beloved artist, well-known for her etchings, watercolours and drawings.  Her artistic career spans over many decades, from the Sixties when for the first time, she studied etching techniques at the Paris Ecole des Beaux Arts. 

This coming exhibition gives again evidence of her fine drawing skills and ability to create many sensitive images with a graphic fluency.  Also very important, her work shows her expert and masterful use of some intricate etching methods.  
 
An exhibition by Mimi van der Merwe is always a celebration of exultant and innovative talents and the Association of Arts Pretoria would like to salute her for the immense role she played in the Pretoria art scene.  From being exposed to the first light in the Swartland, to experiencing the reddening afternoon sun near the Magalies, Mimi’s career represents a life in the visual arts!  
 
The exhibition will be opened by Dr Hennie Smith on Friday 17 May 2019 at 19h00 and runs until Wednesday 29 May 2019 at 13h00

 

Gallery Chaton


Menagerie
An exhibition of copperplate-etchings by Elsie de Beer Weich

24 May 2019 to 12 June 2019
 
Pretoria artist Elsie de Beer Weich’s etchings were created with soft-ground and dry point etching techniques and printed on Hahnemühle paper. Each artwork holds a visual tension with an ambiguous aesthetic, presenting the viewer with a metaphor for association, identification, debate or future acquisitions.
 
A menagerie is a collection of captive animals, frequently exotic, kept for display; or the place where such a collection is kept, a precursor to the modern zoological garden. 
 
Elsie de Beer Weich is a professional fine artist specialising in portrait painting. She was born and raised in Carolina, Mpumalanga.  She had an upbringing filled with visual communication long before she understood its full meaning. 
 
Elsie De Beer Weich’s Menagerie exhibition takes place in the Black Box gallery of the Association of Arts Pretoria and will be opened by Avi Sooful on Friday 24 May 2019 at 19h00. 

The exhibition closes on Wednesday 12 June 2019.

Potter of the month


Alex Shabalala

Potter of the month:  May 2019
 
Alex Shabalala is the Association of Arts Pretoria & Ceramics SA’s potter of the month in May.  His exhibition opens on Sunday 5 May 2019 at 10h30 for 11h00 and can be viewed until Wednesday 27 May 2019.
 
Originally from KwaZulu-Natal, Alex Shabalala now works at a studio in Fourways, Johannesburg.  His work is “delicate and fun”.  Alex says he has always been tactile.  As a child he made toys out of waste materials.  He also often used to play with clay.
 
In October 2008, he joined Ardmore Ceramic studio, where he strove to translate print-making techniques into his clay painting and developed a unique graphic style.  In 2010, Alex was singled out to work extensively on designing a limited-edition range of dinnerware as part of Ardmore’s new venture, the Ardmore Design Collection.  The same year his design of African wildlife and flora was selected for the commemorative Relais & Chateaux Plate.
 
“In 2013 I came to Johannesburg with the hope of fulfilling my ambition as an artist.  Since I arrived here I had the opportunity to work with Bronwen Findlay running several mosaics projects.   Currently I own a ceramic art studio in Fourways Riverside View,” the artist says.
 
He works with earthenware clay and uses underglaze paint - which is waterbased - and then covers this with a transparent glaze before firing it in a kiln at between 1 000 and 1 100 degrees Celsius.  Because the glaze is subsequently covering it, such decoration is completely durable, and it also allows the production of pottery with a surface that has a uniform sheen.
 
The artist creates with three themes: Divine, Flora and Butterfly.  The Divine design is inspired by South African wildlife (white background), the Flora design by South African flowers (black background) and the Butterfly in a full design.  His creations are not only visually gripping, but can also be put to practical use.
 
Spirit

ink & acrylic on canvas

Soul

ink & acrylic on canvas

Heart

ink & acrylic on canvas

Soul window

ink & acrylic on canvas

Special jewel of glass

ink & acrylic on canvas

Precious soul

ink & acrylic on canvas

Pulse

ink & acrylic on canvas

Heartstring

ink & acrylic on canvas

Soul wounds

ink & acrylic on canvas

Thoughts in mind

ink & acrylic on canvas

Union

ink & acrylic on canvas

Splitting atoms

ink & acrylic on canvas

Natuurkrag

etching | viscosity print

Natuurkrag
 

etching | viscosity print

Skoolsport

coloured etching

Windsurfers

coloured etching

Windsurfers

coloured etching

 

Snaakse dorpie

etching | viscosity print

Tweeling

drypoint

Queen goes to school

drypoint

 

Jack

drypoint

David Phoshoko

drypoint

Armstrong

drypoint

Timothy

drypoint

Teenager

drypoint

Mina

drypoint | aquatint

 

Zasa & Frieda

etching

Hartseer seuntjie

etching | viscosity print

Truth commission

etching | viscosity print

Village 3

etching | viscosity print

In the forest - the women

etching | viscosity print

Group

etching | viscosity print
 

Twee mense

etching | viscosity print

Mountains

etching | viscosity print

In Delhi

etching

Lettie

etching

Mayne

etching

Simon

Watercolour and ink

Lizzie

Watercolour

Kamogela

drypoint

Lucas

Watercolour

Toneel by Dullstroom
 

Watercolour

Township
 

Watercolour

Katrina

ink & jik

Bergtoneel

ink and jik

Eritrea
 

oil pastels

In Angouleme

watercolour

Dorp

watercolour and collage on handmade paper

Langs die rivier

watercolour

Huise

watercolour

Rangskikking

watercolour

In Johannesburg

printer's ink

In Amsterdam

printer's ink

Proteas

pastels

Regina

pastels

Kaelin

etching | aquatint

Cape Vullture

Copperplate etching on Hahnemühle

 

Secretary bird

Copperplate etching on Hahnemühle

Spotted hyeana

Copperplate etching on Hahnemühle

African wild dog

Copperplate etching on Hahnemühle

Caracal

Copperplate etching on Hahnemühle

Black kite

Copperplate etching on Hahnemühle

American Yorkshire swine

Copperplate etching on Hahnemühle

Lioness

Copperplate etching on Hahnemühle

African leopard

Copperplate etching on Hahnemühle

Common ostrich

Copperplate etching on Hahnemühle

Kalahari meerkat

Copperplate etching on Hahnemühle

Welsummer cockerel
 

Copperplate etching on Hahnemühle

Chacma baboon

Copperplate etching on Hahnemühle

Hairless rat

Copperplate etching on Hahnemühle

Bighorn ram

Copperplate etching on Hahnemühle

60 Summers (Pied Barbet & South Black Tit)

Copperplate etching on Hahnemühle

Animal peanut bowl - zebra

Animal sculpture set

Animal skins

Animal skins

Animal peanut bowl - giraffe and leopard

Heron

Flora lid urn

Large flower vase

Pangolin animal set

Porcupine animal set

Small wild dog platter

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