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The tale of the heavy chrome and vinyl parastatal chairs

You see a lot of crazy stuff when hunting for furniture from the fifties, sixties and seventies in South Africa. The thing is, you don’t just find this kind of furniture for a bargain in proper antique shops. And even the most chaotic antique shop is kind of predictable compared to the sort of places where you find mid-century and seventies stuff. You find this kind of furniture in general second hand stores, at auctions of the sheriff of the court, all over the internet, rotting under verandas on the sides of houses. You find it in stores in the platteland but normally at the back since most of these stores sell newer, badly made beds, cupboards and fridges to...

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Huisraad Artist: Willie Saayman

Wilhelm Saayman was born on April the 30th 1962 and matriculated from Jan van Riebeeck High School in 1980. He lives in Cape Town. Willie is a professional film editor and self-taught artist who has never been dependent on the whims of art dealers and the trends of galleries to earn a living. Although he has exhibited widely, his works never centered around exhibitions. His development as artist and painter and his work is therefore a true reflection of a personal journey.  Wilhelm van Rensburg once wrote the following about Saayman: "Wilhelm Saayman’s work is positioned outside conventional structures. He is no ordinary structuralist, though. Instead, one can argue he that is a post-structuralist. 'If structuralism was heroic in its...

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Artist: Banele Khoza

Being so young, artist Banele Khoza is causing a stir in the South African art world. Khoza was born in 1994 in Hlatikulu, Swaziland. He moved to South Africa as a teenager in 2008. After school he enrolled at the London International School of Fashion, where he studied for a year. After coming back to South Africa he studied for a National Diploma in Fine Art (2014) at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). He also completed a BTech in Fine Arts in 2015 and became a lecturer at the TUT. He is presently a full-time artist.In an interview with Selma Costa for okayafrica.com, he said the following about his own work: "My work is a response to my instant thoughts...

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Artist: Johann Louw

One of the most powerful and poetic artists in South Africa, this introspective painter prefers to let his work speak loudest. He is seen as one of the true masters of painting in South Africa. Johann was born in Bellville in Cape Town in 1965 and he graduated with a Masters in Fine Art from the University of Stellenbosch in 1992. He is a full time artist whose work has been included in most of the important contemporary collections in South Africa. As a tribute to his work, the Sanlam Art Collection presented a mid-career retrospective exhibition in 2007. The exhibition toured the country. In a review in Business Day, in December 2017, Nicola Kritzinger writes this about his work:...

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Artist: Robert Hodgins

Robert Hodgins (1920 - 2019) only became well-known in the 1980's, even though he's already been producing art works for 30 years by that time. But he's since been elevated by critics and the public alike to the level of Battiss, Sekoto and Kentridge.SAhistory.org.za says the following about him: "Robert Hodgins can be described as an expressionistic painter and graphic artist of historical events, images, figures and impressions. His icons of malevolent businessmen in pinstriped suits, prison cells, historical references and political tyrants still reappear in his recent works."Hodgins served in the South African Union Defence Force in Kenya and Egypt from 1940 to 1944. Some of the depth of that experience and also his general disdain for the corrupting...

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