African Art Decor│Artist Diane Victor

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    © Fall-out Man Diane Victor
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    © Diane Victor

    In 1988, Victor became the youngest recipient of the prestigious Volkskas Atelier Award (now known as the Absa L’Atelier Award) which allowed her to experience the European art scene in France, England and Germany. The historical art and architecture had a huge visual impact on her art. But Victor always chose to stick with the imagery she knows and feels, that of the South African society.

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    © Diane Victor
    Victor is known for her provocative image which tends to get interpreted in the wrong way or evoke anger in the viewer. But Victor states that she wants her works to entice people out of their comfort zones and make them think about the things that upset them “She does not water down taboo content under ‘safe’ visual schemata for the sake of being more palatable or marketable,” writes Catherine Green, a writer for Art South Africa.
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    © Diane Victor

    Looking beyond the intense emotive qualities of Victor’s work, what remains a constant is the capacity of her style. Whether rendering her subjects in charcoal, or undertaking conceptually challenging embossing, Victor shows an accomplished skill and a meticulous sense for detail. She researches her ideas thoroughly and is able to communicate and express the emotional value of her works.

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    © Extinguished Rhino II Diane Victor

    Diane Victor is an artist of uncompromising directness but with a strange quietness in her nature who tackles pressing issues – personal and social violence to racial anxiety, corruption, gender inequality, economic exploitation and social commentary. Despite the criticism she has received over her career, she has become a renowned South African artist and printmaker. Her works have been used in high school curriculums and she has won numerous awards. She has exhibited widely within South Africa and overseas and her work can be seen in leading South African corporate, state and private collections as well as in international collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. 

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    © Diane Victor
    Victor and her work is both paradox and dichotomy. One senses that she would be happy never to see or hear humans again and yet she is a dedicated university lecturer, teaching drawing and printmaking, at various South African institutions including the University of Pretoria, Tshwane University of Technology, Open Window Academy, the University of the Witwatersrand, Rhodes University and the University of Johannesburg. There is no doubting the immeasurable impact of her style and her personality on her students. Victor says teaching allows her to experience different headspaces from an era that is not her own.
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    © Diane Victor
    Victor’s recent smoke drawings are a temperament shift her more heavy work of the late 1980s but she still expresses hatred towards civilisation and states that society has become domesticated and people have retreated into themselves to avoid reality. “I want to reinforce a response, preferably anger, not necessarily at me but at society,” she states. The smoke and ash drawings, sketched using smoke on paper or glass, explore subjects often overlooked and emphasises her interest in the fragility of human life and the damaging physical and psychological interactions between people that she wishes to record.
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    © Diane Victor
    The technique is in itself very fragile and a mere moth could ruin the drawing with its curiosity. “The people are seduced by the technical aspect of the work and in that way it lures the viewer in to look what the image is about.” states Victor. The black and white portraits of men and horses seem fragile in their nature but when one looks closer; the intensity of emotion is beautifully captured in its dust and sud.
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    © Diane Victor

    Excerpts taken from;  Marilyn de Freitas – To view more art by Diane Victor and read the article in its entirety, follow this link http://www.art.co.za/dianevictor/

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    2020-03-31T10:07:44+00:00

    South Africa’s Mikhael Subotzky

      Mikhael Subotzky was born in 1981 in Cape Town, South Africa, and is currently based in Johannesburg. Subotzky’s most recent body of work, Beaufort West, has been published in book form by Chris Boot Publishers and was the subject of the exhibition, New Photography: Josephine Meckseper and Mikhael Subotzky at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
       
      Mikhael Subotzky: Beaufort West
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      Mikhael Subotzky: Beaufort West
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       Mikhael Subotzky: Beaufort West
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       Mikhael Subotzky: Beaufort West
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       Mikhael Subotzky: Beaufort West
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       Mikhael Subotzky: Beaufort West
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      The next grouping of images were taken by Subotzky at South Africa’s notorious Pollsmoor Prison

       Mikhael Subotzky: Die Vier Hoeke (The Four Corners) 
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       Mikhael Subotzky: Die Vier Hoeke (The Four Corners) 

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        Mikhael Subotzky: Die Vier Hoeke (The Four Corners) 

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      Mikhael Subotzky: Die Vier Hoeke (The Four Corners) 
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      Mikhael Subotzky: Die Vier Hoeke (The Four Corners) 
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      Mikhael Subotzky: Die Vier Hoeke (The Four Corners) 
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      2020-03-26T09:06:41+00:00

      2020 African Interior Design Products

      African Furniture

      African Beaded Arm Chairs – Yoruba People Nigeria

      In this post we will be showcasing some African interior design products for 2020 – by Phases Africa Furniture & Decor PTY (ltd).  Global leaders in the import and export of Africa’s home decor, furniture, lighting, handmade rugs, African art as well as, Kids room decor, rugs, lighting, seating and stuffed handmade toys.

      Above and below a couple of samples of hand-beaded African arm chairs, by the Yoruba people from Nigeria, in West Africa.  These beaded chairs were originally made for either a Yoruba King or Queen or their direct descendants.

      Constructing one of these beaded chairs can take anywhere from ten to fourteen weeks, and they come in different styles, patterns and colours they can also be custom made within reason.   Please contact us by using our contact form on our website for more information.

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      African Beaded Chairs From Nigeria, Yoruba People

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      Indoor out door Lounger made from Plantation wood. The seating is Polyester Rope and hand-woven it is called “Riempies” in Afrikaans.

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      Indoor & Outdoor “Riempie” Lounger blue Polyester rope with hand woven seat.

      Below are a few samples of our South African Furniture Collection.  Genuine Ostrich skin furniture line available in several styles and colours.  Information on custom colours are also available.  Please contact us  

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      Ostrich Skin Sofa

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      Ostrich Skin wing-back chairs – available in a large variety of ostrich skin colours

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      Yellow Jarrah – dining or kitchen table with matching seating. Also a Ostrich skin pouf that can either be used in the open plan living room or moved to serve as a seat at the head of the table.

      5 Wood Turned Side-Tables For Bahamas

      5 Wood Turned Side-Tables custom order for Bahamas – 3 white and 2 Navy all custom colours requested by customer.

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      Yellow Jarrah Wood Dining Table & Benches. Ostrich Egg Light & African Cabinet. Kudu Horn table with inlaid cow-bone shavings.

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      Indoor or outdoor dining table

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      Sustainably sourced natural edge dining table

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      Tree root dining tables (without the glass top)

      Oakwood & Leather Chair

      Oak-wood & leather dining or occasional chair the latter’s design is different

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      African Furniture – Solid Oak-wood scorched bench

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      African Furniture Contemporary & Traditional

        Visitors to Phases Africa’s online showroom will find quality African furniture, contemporary as well as, traditional styles.  Also, one-of-a-kind textiles, handmade lighting fixtures, and an exuberant and eclectic mix of tribal artifacts. Furthermore the products feathered in our showroom are a mix of classic elegance, combined with distinct African character.  Phases Africa’s collection is an ongoing quest for that “special piece” of unusual beauty, fine workmanship and materials of the highest quality.  Resulting in Phases Africa – a collection that combines a sophisticated contemporary African design aesthetic with the organic and timeless beauty of Africa’s tribal legacy. We ship Internationally.  Please contact us for prices, lead times and shipping quotes.

        African Living Room Furniture

        African Living Room Furniture – Wood turned Side Tables

        See cover page of this post on how the above wood turnings where used: 3 of them where turned at different widths and heights, and placed in the center of the living room, as a coffee table.  The 2 dark navy ones where placed on either side of the couches as side tables. All the wood used for our turnings are sustainably sourced.

        African Furniture -Mahogany wood and Gemsbok Leg Side Table

        Mahogany wood and Gemsbuck Leg (Oryx) Side Table

        (Oryx) Leg Side Table

        African Furniture│Gemsbuck (Oryx) Horn Legs Side TableSide Table With Gemsbuck Legs

        African Furniture Wood turned stools

        African Furniture Wood Turned Side Tables

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        Organic 100% Merino Wool Throw Pillow

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        Old African Grain Pot – turned upside down it can serve as a side-table, or displayed as is or used as a planter.

        Tree Root dining room table 1000 x 1300 x 700H

        Tree Root Dining Table base1000 x 1300 x 700H

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        African Furniture Wood Turnings, scorched finished wood turnings, black furniture, side tables, scorched wood furniture, burnt finish wood furniture.

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        African Furniture Bamileke Bed serving as a coffee table

        2020-02-05T13:29:57+00:00

        Photographer│Obie Oberholzer

           “Few SA artists can productively be called raconteurs, as in a skilful teller of anecdotes. Most are simply too glum – solemn, too – when spinning yarns around their work. If only more artists, in particular photographers, could be like Obie Oberholzer.”
          Sean O’Toole, Financial Mail
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          © Obie Oberholzer Diesel And Dust
          “I love to travel and look – to look at people and places and things. To journey somewhere, to watch big things get smaller, mingle, change hue and disappear. To look so far that it hurts . . . and smell Africa.  There’s freedom in not knowing quite where you’re going – I mean, what’s another 100 kilometers if you’re making your way towards Swartwitpensbokfonteinberg?”
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          © Obie Oberholzer Diesel And Dust

          Diesel And Dust (2011)

          Visually stimulating images of Africa offer a multifaceted view of the continent in this recollection that is at once a history, a meditation, a travel memoir, and a tribute.“Diesel and Dust is a philosophy. The smell of diesel and dust early in the morning give me a feeling that I’m far away, and this book is about that – interesting people and places; about wonderings and passing’s through.
          Round The Bend  (2006)
          Obie Oberholzer is acknowledged as one of South Africa’s best-loved photographers. A modern troubadour with a camera, his latest book titled Round the Bend: Travels Around Southern Africa tells his stories of journeys through Southern Africa in the last two years. This is Obie Oberholzer’s seventh book and it has been hailed as his magnum opus.
          Round the Bend is a splendidly produced travelogue of 190 colour photos in 176 pages, mostly accompanied by zany stories of a number of journeys through South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Swaziland and Mozambique.
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          © Obie Oberholzer Round The Bend
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          © Obie Oberholzer Round The Bend
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          © Obie Oberholzer Round The Bend
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          © Obie Oberholzer Round The Bend
          Beyond Bagamo 1998
          Obie Oberholzer began this, his fourth major photographic odyssey, in Cape Town, on the 1st of April 1994. He meandered his way north, across plateaus and plains, through valleys and over mountains up along Africa’s eastern side. There were jungles to come and vast deserts and roads that were no longer roads. He traveled the byways through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritria and Sudan to Egypt (via Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel). In the parking lot near the Great Pyramids of Giza, he wiped the dust from his dashboard. The distance read 40,000 kilometres and the time said 9 months and twenty days. This is his story.
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          © Obie Oberholzer Beyond Bagamo
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          © Obie Oberholzer Beyond Bagamo
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          © Obie Oberholzer Beyond Bagamo
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          © Obie Oberholzer Dam Wall with Cactus – Zimbabwe
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          © Obie Oberholzer Desert Road Near Terrace Bay Skeleton Coast Namibia
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          © Obie Oberholzer Roermond
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          © Obie Oberholzer Siwaoasis
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          © Self portrait Obie Oberholzer 

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          2019-10-13T09:09:06+00:00

          Master of Light & Shadow│Paul Emsley

            Artist Paul Emsley was born in Glasgow in 1947 and moved to South Africa in 1969.  He attended classes in Art & Design at Cape Technical College.  From 1983 – 1995 Emsley taught drawing at the Department of Creative Arts, at the University of Stellenbosch.  In 1996, he moved to England.
            “I have always loved drawing. The dryness of the paper and the chalk demand precision and exactness. It quickly exposes one’s weaknesses and mistakes, leaving no room for cleverness or tricks. In my drawings, I try to emphasize the singularity and silence of the form. By a careful balancing of tones, I emphasise the way in which light and shade fall across the subject. By creating a settled half-light, I try to transform the existence of the object from the ordinary to something more profound.” Paul Emsley
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            Artist Paul Emsly Rhino

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            © Paul Emsley Gorilla. Chalk drawing. 102 x 99 cm.
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            © Paul Emsley Elephant. Chalk drawing. 98 x 137 cm.
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            © Paul Emsley Nelson Mandela. Black chalk and pencil drawing. 117 x 88.5 cm.
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            © Paul Emsley White Rhinoceros. Black chalk and pencil drawing. 194 x 105 cm
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            © Paul Emsley Wolf. Chalk drawing. 55.7 x 75.2 cm
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            © Paul Emsley The Poet’s Garden. Black chalk and pencil drawing. 92 x 131.5 cm
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            © Paul Emsley The Legend of the Willow. Black chalk and pencil drawing. 62 x 90.5 cm.
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            © Paul Emsley Reclining figure. Chalk drawing
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            © Paul Emsley William Kentridge, Black chalk and pencil drawing 91.5 x 105.5cm
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            © Paul Emsley Recollection. Black chalk and pencil drawing. 98.5 x 63.5 cm.
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            © Paul Emsley Cari. Black chalk and pencil drawing. 110.5 cm x 85 cm
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            © Paul Emsley Self Portrait. Black chalk and pencil drawing. 60 x 51 cm

            Public collections
            National Portrait Gallery. London.
            British Museum.
            South African National Gallery.
            Johannesburg Art Gallery.
            University of the Witwatersrand.
            University of Stellenbosch.
            University of the Orange Free State.
            William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley.
            Sasol Collection.
            Sanlam Collection.
            Northwestern University, Chicago.
             
            Exhibitions (partial list)
            2012
            Woordfees Artist 2012, Retrospective Exhibition, Sasol Art Museum, Stellenbosch
            2011
            Solo Exhibition, Redfern Gallery
            Masterpiece London
            Joburg Art Fair
            2010
            Joburg Art Fair
            Masterpiece London
            Art London
            London Art Fair
            2009
            London Art Fair.
            Art London.
            Johannesburg art Fair.
            Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
            2008
            Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
            Victoria Gallery Bath, Exhibition of BP Award Portrait.
            Art London
            Art Palm Beach
            London Art Fair
             
            http://www.brundyngonsalves.com/artists/paul-emsley/

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            2019-10-13T11:03:33+00:00

            Wall Decor│Paul Van Schalkwyk

              The perfect wall decor by Paul van Schalkwyk a native of Namibia.  Paul was born in 1955, and in 1962, he took his first picture and instantly lost his heart to the mystical world of photography.   In 1964, Paul boarded a private plane for the first time which ultimately leads to his first solo flight in 2002. Since then he has logged more than 1000 hours in the sky in constant pursuit to capture, his interpretation, of that “god’s eye” view of the world.
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              Paul van Schalkwyk Wondering Dunes 2

              Paul has won more than 50 awards, both locally and internationally, for his work as photographer, cinematographer, director and writer. His photographs continuously published in various local and international publications that include National Geographic, Geo, Stern and Go magazine.

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              Paul van Schalkwyk Black Velvet
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              An exclusive collection of classic Paul van Schalkwyk Photography images is available as Limited Edition Fine Art Prints.                           

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              2019-10-13T11:44:10+00:00