African Wall Decor│Wooden Plank Masks

African wooden plank masks as wall decor, is an ideal decorating idea, in either a contemporary, traditional home or office space. Furthermore, African masks are also the single most influential piece of African Art as well as, the most recognized as such, all over the world.  The masks we are featuring today are all hand carved from wood by Africa’s indigenous people. Also the mask invariably goes hand-in-hand with the apropos attire that are worn in these Celebrations.  As a result these African tribal masks are either celebratory in nature: giving thanks for the great harvest.  Spiritual: by initiating transformation or calling on the spirit for guidance or to thank them. And last but not least,  religious in nature.

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The wooden masks featured on this post cover page are from – Kenya’s Giryama people that hand carve these flat wooden post, to serve as tombstones called Kikangu.  Furthermore, the grave markers have several functions; representing the Giryama’s way of life as well as, the ancestor’s spirits are honored by erecting these post.  As a result, these markers also serves as conduit between the ancestral realm and the land of the living.

The abstract and geometric forms and carved patterns of Kikangu serve as a roadmap representation of the spirit. The gravestone marker is also a tribute and blueprint of the deceased time on earth.

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Kenya’s Giryama People, Hand Carve Plank Masks

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African Plank Masks Mounted On Metal Stands – Also perfect as wall art

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African Bedu Mask courtesy of: Smithsonian Museum

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African Wall Art – Bwa or Bobo Plank Mask

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Butterfly Bobo Mask – Size: 43x12wx7deep inches

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2020-05-20T12:08:58+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

AWARDS – http://paulemsley.com/cv/awards/

http://www.brundyngonsalves.com/artists/paul-emsley/

2020-04-02T08:18:21+00:00

African Art Decor│Artist Diane Victor

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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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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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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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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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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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2020-04-02T08:23:09+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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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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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

2020-02-23T12:57:45+00:00

Africa’s Contemporary Artist R. Slingsby

ROBERT SLINGSBY, KNOWN FOR BEING CONSISTENTLY AHEAD OF THE CURVE…..

Robert Slingsby was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1955. He discovered as a small child both his talent for drawing and his affinity for Africa in the form of rock-art and artefacts he left for Holland to study at the Vrije Akademie in Den Haag for five years. He held over twenty one solo exhibitions in Holland during his time there.  Robert is an articulate, colourful and knowledgeable man, whose creative courage has even influenced the style of everything he surrounds himself with. This has made him and his home a sought after subject for books on homes, magazines and television such as CNN Arts club and the French photojournalist Solvi dos Santos. Robert is in collections, both public and private worldwide. These include a variety of collections such as the Deutshe Bank, Department of Foreign Affairs, Investec, SASOL, Pietersburg Art Museum, Bundesbank in Germany, South African Reserve Bank, Pepsico, Witwatersrand University Collection and the personal collection of the famous family of Wyeth artists, amongst many others.

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

Photographer Alexa Singer

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© Alexa Singer – Namibia

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© Alexa Singer – Himba Mother & Child
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2019-10-13T11:22:45+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 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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Paul van Schalkwyk Desert Storm

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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