Everard Read

V&A Waterfront

8001 Cape Town

South Africa

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URL : www.everard-read-capetown.co.za


2196 Johannesburg

South Africa

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SW3 6HR London

United Kingdom

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Everard Read is Africa’s oldest commercial art gallery. Established in Johannesburg in 1913, Everard Read has since
its inception been associated with pre-eminent artists working in South Africa.

In the contemporary era, Everard Read is at its core a gallery dedicated to exhibiting paintings and sculpture by
South Africa’s finest modern and contemporary artists. The development of young artists’ careers is also a crucial
component of the gallery’s mission. Whilst artists from the United Kingdom, Europe, Japan, Nigeria and the USA are exhibited, the gallery retains at its core an impressive stable of South African artists.

An important contributor to the already vibrant cultural life of South Africa, Everard Read maintains a strong and
unique identity. A programme of solo and group exhibitions is often accompanied by publications, serving to
showcase established contemporary artists as well as the emerging younger generations. The curatorial directors
seek to intersperse contemporary art exhibitions with human technology and scientific installations.

A close dialogue between all of the Everard Read and CIRCA spaces ensures that the galleries have even further
access to the finest paintings, sculptures and new media works from abroad and around the sub-continent.

A010/258/78/19 -  Andrzej Urbanski

Andrzej Urbanski A010/258/78/19

A09/172/67/19 -  Andrzej Urbanski

Andrzej Urbanski A09/172/67/19

Particle #2 - Lionel Smit

Lionel Smit Particle #2

Particle #1
 - Lionel Smit

Lionel Smit Particle #1

Rhythm of Prehistory -  Liza Grobler

Liza Grobler Rhythm of Prehistory

Umjuluko ofihliwe ngokucwebezelayo II - Turiya Magadlela

Turiya Magadlela Umjuluko ofihliwe ngokucwebezelayo II

Effigy from a Mass Gathering -  Nigel Mullins

Nigel Mullins Effigy from a Mass Gathering

Still Time, an Effigy from a Protest -  Nigel Mullins

Nigel Mullins Still Time, an Effigy from a Protest

Sunset of the World -  Beezy Bailey

Beezy Bailey Sunset of the World

Litha (Light) II - Turiya Magadlela

Turiya Magadlela Litha (Light) II

HOODia -  Lady Skollie

Lady Skollie HOODia



The Divided Fountain -  Liza Grobler

Liza Grobler The Divided Fountain

Once I Was Blind II -  Matthew Hindley

Matthew Hindley Once I Was Blind II

Once I Was Blind I -  Matthew Hindley

Matthew Hindley Once I Was Blind I

Populist Cock -  Brett Murray

Brett Murray Populist Cock

Dance on Ancestral Ash II - Blessing Ngobeni

Blessing Ngobeni Dance on Ancestral Ash II

Dance on Ancestral Ash III - Blessing Ngobeni

Blessing Ngobeni Dance on Ancestral Ash III

Solace -  Brett Murray

Brett Murray Solace

Dance on Ancestral Ash I - Blessing Ngobeni

Blessing Ngobeni Dance on Ancestral Ash I

Exhibiting Artists

  • Beezy Bailey  (+)

    Biography : "I am often asked what does that ship, or car, or high heel shoe mean. I am not an illustrator; I release the images that appear before me. Like Picasso, I say that it is not for me to explain the contents of my work; this is for the viewer to do. Each of my works is a frozen dream. Images & legends enter from my subconscious, the world of my imagination. I am a conduit of visual messages greater than me, at best a messenger from God, at worst a Fallen Angel." - Beezy Bailey Beezy Bailey is a South African artist who works in various media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking and ceramics. He has been a full-time artist for several decades, with over 20 one-man shows in London, Johannesburg and Cape Town as well as numerous group shows around the world. He received a fine art degree from Byam Shaw School of Art in London in 1986, after studying two years of life drawing and then a third in printmaking, painting and sculpture. Bailey says he creates art “as a balm for a mad world – a corrective for our most lamentable human qualities, including a planet brutalized by extremes of wealth and poverty, environmental ignorance and negligence.” Many of his works emanate from his abiding concern with the Anthropocene, the present epoch characterized as the time in which the collective activities of Homo sapiens began to substantially alter the earth’s surface, atmosphere, oceans, and systems of ecological recycling. Bailey has a history of close collaboration with other artists, including David Bowie, Brian Eno and Dave Matthews. In Brian Eno’s words: “Beezy makes his art out of joy and laughter (and sometimes out of terror). He is somebody to whom art comes easily and who doesn’t feel guilty about it, who revels in his gift and has confidence in it – like a chef gleefully throwing ingredients in by the handful without ever measuring them. He cooks up new worlds, tiny and huge, peopled by bird-women, snake-men, lizard children, and animat

    Artist's Objects:

    •  Beezy Bailey - Sunset of the World Sunset of the World

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  • Liza Grobler  (+)

    Biography : Liza Grobler is a South African artist who works with a variety of media, often exploring ideas that bring together physical and psychological spaces, and historical and ecological ‘scapes’. Her practice is built around process, putting the materiality and ephemerality of the objects and media she works with in tension. In 2016, she was a recipient of the Africa Centre Award, and the Iziko Museums commissioned her to create a site-specific work for the South African National Gallery. Other career highlights include: a solo project for the Investec Cape Town Art Fair (2017), the AKAA Art Fair in Paris (2016), a public artwork for Cape Town International Capital of Design (2015) and the screening of her video works at the ADDIS International Video Arts Festival (Ethiopia) and at MOFO for Forever Now (Tasmania and Deep Space, 2015). Grobler has attended residencies in Norway, Finland, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Mexico, India, the United States (ARTOMI and Residency Unlimited), and initiated an international residency and exhibition ‘Smokey Signals from the Groot Karoo’ in South Africa (2017). She was nominated for the Helgaard Steyn National Award for Contemporary Painting (2015) as well as short-listed for the Commonwealth Arts and Craft Award (2006). Exhibitions include numerous solo exhibitions nationally as well international group and site-specific projects. October 2019 sees her latest solo, 'a rainbow in my pocket’, which will be exhibited at Everard Read Cape Town. Her video work 'Voices from Deelfontein' debuts in Belgrade in November 2019. She is represented by Everard Read/CIRCA Galleries.

    Artist's Objects:

    •  Liza Grobler - The Divided Fountain The Divided Fountain
    •  Liza Grobler - Rhythm of Prehistory Rhythm of Prehistory

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  • Matthew Hindley  (+)

    Biography : Matthew Hindley graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town in 2002, where he was awarded the Michaelis Prize. As one of the countries' most recognized younger painters, Hindley’s intense, poetic and delving artworks have featured in various critical and seminal South African exhibitions. His most recent solo painting presentation 'The Divided Self' was held at Everard Read Cape Town in October 2019. In addition, he has presented at the world-renowned Eli and Edythe Broad Museum, Michigan (2012) and the Kochi Muziris Biennale, India (2012). In 2014 he worked on a series of paintings inspired by the mythological African tales of South African writer Don Mattera, for a book published by Rhodeworks, in Berlin, Germany. In 2015 his artwork was part of the 'imago mundi' Benetton Collection at the Venice Biennale, and his major award-winning public sculpture 'Speak Naturally and Continuously' was installed above the entrance of the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town. This artwork was rebuilt in late 2018/ early 2019 and reopened to the general public interaction May 2019.

    Artist's Objects:

    •  Matthew Hindley - Once I Was Blind I Once I Was Blind I
    •  Matthew Hindley - Once I Was Blind II Once I Was Blind II

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  • Turiya Magadlela  (+)

    Biography : Turiya Magadlela is a visual artist based in Johannesburg. She graduated from the University of Johannesburg in 1991 and then studied at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam from 2003-2004. She was awarded the FNB Art Prize in 2015, and has since participated in numerous group exhibitions, both locally and internationally, including 'Blue Black', curated by Glenn Ligon (Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 2017), 'Simple Passion, Complex Vision: The Darryl Atwell Collection' (Gantt Centre, 2017), 'The Past is Present' (Jack Shainman Gallery, 2017), 'Les jour qui vient', curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi (Galerie des Galeries, 2017), 'Blackness in Abstraction' (Pace Gallery, 2016) and 'The Quiet Violence of Dreams' (Stevenson, 2016). Her practice has been shaped by Johannesburg: the people, politics, violence and passions within it, and she translates her experiences into her fabric-based works. Magadlela selects commonly-found fabric, including pantyhose and overalls from prisons, and stretches them over canvas, creating abstract compositions through the manipulation of the textiles.

    Artist's Objects:

    • Turiya Magadlela - Litha (Light) II Litha (Light) II
    • Turiya Magadlela - Umjuluko ofihliwe ngokucwebezelayo II Umjuluko ofihliwe ngokucwebezelayo II

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  • Nigel Mullins  (+)

    Biography : South African artist Nigel Mullins’ vivid and compelling works present a compendium of fruitless visual tropes that have perpetrated, sustained and perpetuated Western culture since the 18th century. His painterly exploration makes use of sumptuous impasto, veering between figuration and abstraction without restraint. Mullins applies his paint as a libation covering a sacred artefact or an amulet – fetishistically. The paint, dense in meaning and referential value, thickly covers the support as it alters and constructs. This explicitly references the painting as a thing; a support to which meaning (as material) is applied often in viscous layers and over an expanse of time. Mullins was awarded the first prize at the 14th Annual Royal Over Seas League Open Exhibition in London in 1997. He was a nominee for the Daimler Chrysler Award for Contemporary South African Art in 2000 and recipient of a merit prize at the ABSA l’Atelier in the same year. His work is included in such public and corporate collections as: Rhodes University, ABSA, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, South African Association, SASOL, TELKOM, Rand Merchant Bank, Hollard, Westminster and Chelsea Hospital Collection, Pretoria Art Museum, Sanlam, Nando’s UK, Spier and KPMG.

    Artist's Objects:

    •  Nigel Mullins - Still Time, an Effigy from a Protest Still Time, an Effigy from a Protest
    •  Nigel Mullins - Effigy from a Mass Gathering Effigy from a Mass Gathering

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  • Brett Murray  (+)

    Biography : Brett Murray is a South African artist known primarily for his satirically incisive sculptures as well as ‘The Spear’, a wildly infamous portrait of the nation’s past president, Jacob Zuma. His work functions as an introspective stock-take on the artist’s positionality within the social climate of South Africa at a particular moment, with which he aims to entertain. Murray has a Master's degree in Fine Art from the University of Cape Town (1989) and was the winner of the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award in 2002. Referred to by critic Brenda Atkinson as "the dark prince of South African pop (art)", Murray is one of the country's most popular visual artists, using recognisable media images with the addition of a subversive and bitterly funny twist. Spanning bronze, steel, plastics, print, video and marble, Murray's work grapples with the wars of cultures, the clash between Afro- and Eurocentrism, the old and the new South Africas, identity politics and the ways in which political discussions have been shaped for the worse by social media.

    Artist's Objects:

    •  Brett Murray - Solace Solace
    •  Brett Murray - Populist Cock Populist Cock

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  • Blessing Ngobeni  (+)

    Biography : Blessing Ngobeni was born in rural Limpopo, South Africa. At ten, he moved to Johannesburg where, after a tumultuous decade, he entered the contemporary art scene. Ngobeni has made the corruption, incompetence and duplicity of current South African ruling elite the subjects of his art. He tackles the disconcerting consequences of betraying democratic ideals, and the expanding gap between the rich and poor. Ngobeni’s hybrid visual languages point to the grammar of Surrealism, the rebellion of Dada, the symbolic force of Neo-Expressionism and the economic use of visual elements of Minimalism. These qualities effectively articulate Ngobeni’s fusion of nightmarish, absurd, beautiful and captivating imageries. Ngobeni has been awarded numerous residencies in South Africa and abroad, including being the only artist from Africa selected for the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion Program in 2016. It is of importance to note that Ngobeni is an artist also involved in mentoring young artists. In collaboration with the Bag Factory, the ‘Blessing Ngobeni Studio Art Award’ (established in 2017) supports a young artist on an annual basis via a residency, funding and exhibition opportunity.

    Artist's Objects:

    • Blessing Ngobeni - Dance on Ancestral Ash I Dance on Ancestral Ash I
    • Blessing Ngobeni - Dance on Ancestral Ash III Dance on Ancestral Ash III
    • Blessing Ngobeni - Dance on Ancestral Ash II Dance on Ancestral Ash II

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  • Lady Skollie  (+)

    Biography : Lady Skollie (born Laura Windvogel) is a feminist artist and activist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She graduated with a degree in History of Art and Dutch Literature from the University of Cape Town in 2009. Filled with bold colour, god-like figures and suggestive fruits, Lady Skollie’s ink, watercolour and crayon paintings revolve around themes of gender, sex and the politics of lust, consumption, as well as her musings on identity. The artist’s work has been exhibited widely across South Africa, and at a number of international solo and group exhibitions and fairs. In 2017 she artist contributed artwork for a gala performance of 'The Children’s Monologues', a benefit held by the charitable organisation Dramatic Need, directed by Danny Boyle and held at Carnegie Hall in New York, USA. She has been featured on BBC Africa and CNN International on 'African Voices', as well as on the BBC World Service’s online and radio series 'In the Studio'. She was also included in the 2018 edition of OkayAfrica’s '100 Women', an annual list which honours women across 10 different fields for their achievements and influence. In 2019, Windvogel was commissioned to design the new R5 coin to commemorate 25 years of constitutional democracy in South Africa.

    Artist's Objects:

    •  Lady Skollie - HOODia HOODia

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  • Lionel Smit  (+)

    Biography : South African artist Lionel Smit is best known for his contemporary portraiture executed through monumental canvases and sculptures. Perhaps more than anything else, his art is defined by a deeply-rooted symbiotic relationship between sculpture and painting. Each of Lionel Smit’s works offers us an entry point into the variety and richness that lies beneath every face we encounter in life. Smit's work has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London, where he received the Viewer’s Choice Award, as well as being selected as the 'face' of the BP Portrait Award 2013 for all campaigns. In recent years he has also been honoured with a Ministerial Award from the Department of Culture for Visual Art. A highlight of his career has been the publication of one of his paintings on the cover of Christie’s Auction Catalogue. In June 2016, Smit, in collaboration with Cynthia-Reeves Gallery, installed a public art installation, 'Morphous', in Union Square, New York. Over the past 10 years he has established a substantial international following with collectors ranging from the Standard Chartered Bank to Laurence Graff Art Collection at Delaire Graff Wine Estate.

    Artist's Objects:

    • Lionel Smit - Particle #1
Particle #1
    • Lionel Smit - Particle #2 Particle #2

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  • Andrzej Urbanski  (+)

    Biography : Andrzej Urbanski is an established Cape Town-based artist prized for his immaculate hard-edged abstract art. The bold shards of colour characterising his art may recall objects, places, experiences from his youth, the colour of a building or a room, or encompass the state of mind he is in as he steps into his studio. His art appears to be the result of an automated process – the precision of its execution engenders this notion that it is generated by a detached, robotic or digital tool. His interest in generating this illusion is rooted in his fascination with digitally produced art, the tools he uses in plotting his intricate compositions, the relationship between lived experience and virtual reality and the valorisation of handmade products in the post-industrial era. Urbanski graduated with a Master’s in Fine Art from the ECAL University of Art and Design in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2012. He was born in Poland in 1983 but settled in Berlin with his parents in 1989. Growing up in Berlin after the fall of the Wall activated his participation in street culture. He first experimented with spray-paint as a graffiti artist before applying this medium in a fine art context. After exhibiting in shows in his then-hometown of Berlin, Georgia USA, Canada and Switzerland, a Cape Town residency brought him to South Africa in 2012, where he has since lived.

    Artist's Objects:

    •  Andrzej Urbanski - A09/172/67/19 A09/172/67/19
    •  Andrzej Urbanski - A010/258/78/19 A010/258/78/19

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Other Represented Artists

  • Deborah Bell

  • Nic Bladen

  • Guy Ferrer

  • Angus Taylor