3 – 27.10.2012


A solo exhibition of paintings by Kirsten Lilford

Co-curated by Andrew Lamprecht and Monique du Preez


About ‘The Quiet’ & Kirsten Lilford

The seemingly normal veneer of white suburbia is peeled back in Kirsten Lilford’s first solo exhibition of oil paintings at Salon91 in Cape Town this October. Lilford, a recent graduate of the Michaelis School of Fine Art and 2011 recipient of the prestigious South African Society of Artists award for excellence in painting, takes everyday snapshots of family outings, domestic scenes and the suburban landscape and through her brush imparts an uncanny and slightly sinister tone to them.Her technically accomplished paintings echo the work of early nineteenth-century realists but she has already developed a unique style of her own that is at once naturalistic and also informed by contemporary painting practices. ‘The Quiet’ will impress with the beauty of her paintings as much as leave the viewer with questions about what each vignette from a seemingly ordinary life really signifies.




Opening night:



12 – 25.10.2012

A two-man ‘live art’ show by Paul Senyol & Augustine Kofie

Proudly presented by The Lovell Gallery in association with Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection

Venue: The Lovell Gallery, Woodstock
139 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

Co-curated by Tamzin Lovell Miller, Brendon van Kraayenbug & Monique du Preez


This October The Lovell Gallery & Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection join forces to present GATHER an exhibition by visual artists Augustine Kofie & Paul Senyol, whose works grace the streets and galleries of LA and Cape Town, respectively. GATHER will include works by the individual artists in their signature styles, collaborative works by Senyol & Kofie, as well as a true pièce de résistance, a historic racing Porsche 911, which will be transformed into an object of art inside the gallery as part of this exhibition.

Augustine Kofie (born 1973) is a self-taught artist living and working in Los Angeles.  He has exhibited extensively worldwide with seminal shows in New York, California, Japan, The Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. The artist has been featured in Juxtapoz, The Huffington Post, LA Weekly, Project Room and Studio Voice. Kofie is internationally renowned for his awe-inspiring technical skills, employed to create his unique abstract compositions, characterized by simple geometric shapes, exact lines & smooth colour – complex yet elegant and in a league of their own.

Paul Senyol (born 1980) has been drawing and painting since his early high school years, however never pursuing any form of artistic training. Graffiti and street artists such as Marc Gonzales, Ed Templeton, and Barry McGee have all been major influences in his work, and in later years, the artistic genius of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and Cy Twombly. The absence of formal training has given the artist the freedom to break away from traditional notions of painting, to explore a variety of genres and styles, and to meld mediums, allowing him a creative freedom that flows so evidently through his works. Senyol’s art lingers gracefully and intentionally between beauty and honesty and brings a surreal, yet abstract world into being. Geometry, line, shape, composition, typography, abstraction and colour form the key elements in his work. Senyol has exhibited extensively throughout South Africa and has shown in a number of exhibitions in Europe. He currently works from a studio in Woodstock, Cape Town, and is represented by Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection.

Kofie and Senyol have both succeeded in developing their own unique abstract- & street- inspired artistic identities without any formal training. Process, balance, geometry, layering and typography are common elements, which link these artists’ works together. The pairing of Kofie and Senyol’s practice in GATHER results in a richly diverse visual dialogue and outcome, coexisting beautifully and harmoniously within the gallery space. GATHER further invites the viewer to be witness to the art-making process of two original contemporary street- and fine-artists in their own right. A world-class exhibition not to be missed!

Genre: Street Art, Abstraction; Medium: Mixed media




Installation photographs:

Images are by Gregor Rohrig





The Lovell Gallery:

Contact Person: Brendon van Kraayenburg
084 627 2951 / 021-447-5918
139 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town



01.12.12 – 26.01.2013

‘I‘d Rather Be Swimming’ End of year Group Salon in association with the  I AM WATER ocean conservation trust, featuring some Salon91 favourites as well as some fresh all-new local talent.

As passionate Ocean lovers, I AM WATER, founded by champion freediver Hanli Prinsloo, strives to share the joy aquatic with as wide an audience as possible. With the help of Salon 91 water will once again take centre stage, as it should! We are all Water, and we all share the opportunity and challenge to protect our last wilderness beneath the waves. The I am Water Ocean Conservation Trust aims to do this through education and awareness, spreading the love and protection of the oceans through introducing South Africans from all walks of life to the ocean environment & important conservation issues.

Marieke Prinsloo-Rowe, best known for her beautiful swimmer sculptures, which were installed at the Sea Point Promenade until recently, will be the guest speaker at the opening.

Salon91 &  I AM WATER will be hosting a beach clean up on Sunday the 20th of January 2013 at 10:00 am. We would love for the Salon91 community & everyone who appreciates nature, art or the ocean to get involved. Please contact us on if you would like to help out.

Artists to be participating in ‘I’d rather be swimming’:

Adam Shear
Adrie Le Roux
Alice Edy
Alice Toich
Ben Winfield
Bruce Mackay
Cameron Richards
Candace Di Talamo
Carla Kreuser
Carlo Milandri
Caroline Mackintosh
Christiaan Conradie
Clinton Osbourn
Donna Solovei
Dylan Culhane
Elsabé Milandri
Elise Wessels
Elize Vossgatter
Emalie Bingham
Emily Jane Long
Fred Clark
Gabby Raaff
Galia Gluckman
Hugh Byrne
Ian Engelbrecht
Jaco Haasbroek
Jade Klara
Jean de Wet
Jo O’Connor
Justin Southey
Katrin Coetzer
Katrine Claassens
Kirsten Beets
Kirsten Lilford
Kirsten Sims
Lara Feldman
Lisa Firer
Lorraine Loots
Lucie Demoyencourt
Lucinda Mudge
Maaike Bakker
Maria Lebedeva
Marieke Prinsloo-Rowe
Mariëtte Bergh
Marlise Keith In association with Brundyn + Gonsalves
Mia Chaplin
Michael Tymbios
Michele Rolstone
Nicola DeJager
Pascal Paquette
Paul Senyol
Rebecca Haysom
Rikus Ferreira
Rohan Etsebeth
Sarah Pratt
Shan Fischer
Simon Berndt
Susana Paez
Swain Hoogervorst
Warren Lewis
You’ve Changed
Zelda Weber
& more…


Artworks – selected overview:


Exhibit Images:

Photos by David Hecker


Opening night:



15.02 – 10.03.2012


A solo exhibition by Elsabé Milandri

Cape Town based artist, Elsabé Milandri, will present her 4th solo exhibition to date at Salon91 in Cape Town from February to March 2012. This body of work is intended as a kind of letter to the artist’s children when they are the age she is now (they are now respectively 2 and about to be born) to give them an idea of the present in general and their parents’ present in particular. Photographs from places they’ve been and cellphone shots of family and friends are painted in ink on paper, some in black and white, some in vivid tones. Paintings of critically endangered animals are accompanied by stories about the mundane (not unlike Facebook status updates), questioning our attitude towards mass culture and loss, and environmental concern is visualized in terms of caring for our children. Faux info charts, maps and graphs lend (faux) authority, objectivity and credibility to this body of work. Phrases and segments of conversations are used in the works to give them an idea of what our beliefs, fears, hopes and language were like. ‘Something like now’ sees Milandri covering a wide spectrum of themes from the every-day, the family unit, the internet, social media, nature, environmental concerns, culture, animals, identity, the arbitrary, the abstract, portraiture, landscape, the scientific, the bizarre, the intimate, the in-between, the ambiguous and the miraculous, resulting in a truly rich viewing experience not to be missed.

Medium: Collage, watercolour, acrylic and ink on paper.

Elsabé Milandri was born in Pretoria in 1980, where she also completed her BA in Fine Art at the University of Pretoria (2002). She then moved to Cape Town to do a Masters in New Media at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT, 2006. Since 2010 she has had two solo exhibitions in Cape Town, and one in Pretoria and has taken part in numerous group exhibitions in the two cities. In 2009, she spent the year working as an artist in Italy. Elsabé has lectured at various institutions in drawing, new media, videography, illustration and design. She currently lives and works in Woodstock, Cape Town. With her husband and her two children.




Opening night:



05 – 29.09.2012



A solo exhibition by Varenka Paschke

Curated by Monique du Preez & Candice Ježek


About ‘Liefde Leegte / Love Loss’ & Varenka Paschke

Salon91 is proud to present Liefde Leegte / Love Loss Varenka Paschke’s latest collection of paintings depicted in her signature style, characterized by her unique ‘canvases’, made up of eclectic blocks of fabric, colour, texture & pattern, skillfully married with her sensitive treatment of line, light, & a subtle palette in her largely figurative oil paintings.

Varenka Paschke was born in Cape Town, South Africa during 1976. She holds a BA degree in Drama & Psychology from the University of Stellenbosch, as well as a BA in Fine Art, which she attained from the Michaelis School of Fine art  (UCT) in 2001, where she majored in painting. Varenka has been exhibiting extensively since the late nineties in Johannesburg & Cape Town within South Africa, and has also shown her work in a number of cities internationally, including Barcelona, London, Antwerp & Munich to mention but a few. The artist also completed a residency program in Barcelona during 2005, and has been involved in a number of public art projects and corporate, as well as private commissions, both locally and abroad. During 2002 she was nominated as a finalist in the Absa Young Artist of the Year Awards, and in 2005 as a finalist in the Sasol New Signatures Competition. Varenka currently lives and works between Antwerp, Belgium and Cape Town, South Africa with her husband Stef Bos and their children.


Opening night :


Article: art inc

Article: Varenka Paschka




01 – 26.11.2012


A solo exhibition by Frank van Reenen

Curated by Monique du Preez & Candice Ježek


About ‘Happy Ending’ & Frank van Reenen

‘Happy Ending’ sees Frank van Reenen return to Salon91 for his second solo show at the gallery to date. Expect to see a fresh collection of all-new sculptures & paintings rendered in his signature style – iconic, wacky, inventive, humorous, cute & twisted as ever, but on a whole other level. Frank van Reenen at his best!

Frank van Reenen is a renowned contemporary South African artist specializing in the fields of animation, painting and sculpture. His work draws inspiration from a multitude of subjects ranging from toys, pop culture, anime, suburbia, everyday life in SA, to his loyal sidekick Truman, a French Bulldog, who accompanies the artist to his studio and pretty much everywhere else. Van Reenen’s art is characterized by its playfulness, subtle dark humour, candy-coloured appearance, consistently slick presentation & skillful depiction. He works predominantly in enamel on resin and oil on canvas, producing works that range from the diminutive to the gigantic. Frank has exhibited extensively both locally and internationally, therefore earning his works a place in some major local and foreign contemporary art collections. His exhibitions at Salon91 include Lucky Packet (Solo exhibition; November 2009), The Cute Show (Group exhibition; February 2010), Coppertone (Group exhibition; December 2010), & If you let yourself love a wild thing (Group exhibition; December 2011), to mention but a few. The artist is currently based in Cape Town, and works from his studio in Observatory.


Preview: Artworks



“Being Frank” – blog post by Jacki Curates:




Article: Die Burger – Frank van Reenen
Friday, 2 November 2012




01.08 – 01.09.2012

Group exhibition featuring the work of Gabrielle Raaff, Lisa Firer, Katrine Claassens, Wessel Snyman, Colijn Strydom, Danni Liang, Elsabe Milandri, Fan Cheng and Sarah Pratt.

Curated by Katrine Claassens, Monique du Preez & Candice Jezek.


About ~ Shoes From Chinese Ships

Walking on Strand beach near Cape Town one comes across a proliferation of shoes and other plastic debris from China scattered along the high-tide mark. From the survivors of a Ming dynasty shipwreck integrating into Kenyan society, to the story of a giraffe being welcomed to China as unicorn in the early 15 th century, the history of shoreline arrivals and trade between Africa and China is a long and often mysterious one.
Taking the sea, the vehicle for the original contact between China and Africa, as a point of departure Shoes From Chinese Ships features both emerging and established Chinese and South African artists. The show is a conversation in painting, drawing, installation and sculpture between the intricate and increasingly complicated relationship between Africa and China. Interrupting the commercial import/export relationship and replacing it with an integrated one that allows for a more personal discourse with a faraway place, the exhibition includes a collaboration between some of the South African artists involved and students from the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. Living and working all around the world the artists explore the mystery, depth and intricacy of exchanges brought about by trade between these two countries throughout the centuries.

About ~ The Artists 

Working from China, South Africa, Germany and France the artists selected for Shoes From Chinese Ships are all of South African or Chinese nationality. The artists were selected for their visual and conceptual sensibilities, particularly the elements of nostalgia, fragility, mystery and displacement that tie their works together…

(visit the “artist’s section” to find out more about the featured artists or use this “TAG”)

Students from The China Academy

Students from The China Academy of Art are participating in collaboration with the South African artists listed above. The China Academy of Art is the most influential academy of fine arts in China with the most complete range of degree offerings and programs of study. It houses a diverse pool of artistic talent, with a focus on integrating theory and practice. Combining modern technical and cultural disciplines with traditional ones, the academy encompasses fine art, architecture, film and new media.


MVI 0190 from Monique du Preez on Vimeo.


Art preview:


Opening night:



27.06 – 28.07.2012



ABOUT ~ {Impression : Sunset} a new collection of contemporary painters.
This exhibition comprises a broad spectrum interpretation of contemporary painting using Monet’s famous image “Impression; Sunrise” as a point of departure. The exhibition features the works of Grace Cross, Alexandra Karakashian, Hugh Byrne, Lorraine Loots, Mia Chaplin, Swain Hoogervorst, Chris Auret, Galia Gluckman, Lara Feldman, Christiaan Conradie, and Mariëtte Bergh. Medium: paper, canvas, board, enamel, resin, oil, ink and acrylic.


Alexandra Karakashian Artworks:


Chris Auret Artworks:


Christiaan Conradie Artworks:


Galia Gluckman Artworks:


Grace Cross Artworks:


Hugh Byrne Artworks:


Lara Feldman Artworks:


Lorraine Loots Artworks:


Mariëtte Bergh Artworks:


Mia Chaplin Artworks:


Swain Hoogervorst Artworks:


Opening night:

Photos by Paul Ward.



30.05 – 23.06.2012

A Photographic Exhibition by Niklas Zimmer

Into the Night by Niklas Zimmer is a collection of long-exposure, film-based photographs taken at night in Cape Town. In this series of nudes, still lifes and cityscapes Niklas Zimmer has used the night and the process of photographing with long exposures as an allegorical backdrop for a politics of personal path-finding through ambivalent terrains of consciousness.

This is very difficult to ‘capture’, but it can be evoked. Long exposure film based photography documents periods of time, in Zimmer’s case anything between 30 seconds and 10 minutes per image. This process of holding still in space, for both the photographed and the photographer, produces poignant evocations. The effect of trading the abruptness of the digital snap-shot for these spaces, where only the inanimate elements remain sharp and anything that is living/ breathing/moving is blurred, evokes myriads of moments. With the implication of a state of existence and a depiction of what is here, now.

When night falls and the city changes shape, the whole world and the people in it appear to have changed forever. In Cape Town, the natural landscape and urban experience merge. This city’s built environment presents a loose patchwork of history unraveling against nature rather than entirely obscuring it. Night vision forces the easy daytime vistas to recede. While most elements are swallowed up by shadow, the living, breathing, moving things speak against a clear, environmental stillness. Night becomes a time for individuation, and this counterpoint vision informs the poetic aesthetic of Into the Night.

Using a deeply informed methodology of working and feeling, Into The Night addresses an existential un-knowingness and longing, which we all experience within and beyond our myriad of cultural and historical contexts. This invisible, dark matter that we touch upon every now and then inside ourselves, through countless personal journeys, through trauma, contemplation, healing work, somehow connects us to that large, energetic body that is called humanity. Perhaps one day we will know the shape of it, but so far we can only sense some of its limits. Both effortless and careful, balanced and whimsical, Into the Night plays a game of revealing and concealing, without intention to make sense of, or conclusively understand. Rather, Zimmer’s project is document to the human condition of searching, learning and working though something, in staring into the historical face of the night.




Exhibit Opening – Into the Night (Photos by Louise and Matthias Potgieter):





26.04 – 26.05.2012

A debut solo exhibition of paintings by Paul Senyol

In his much-anticipated first official solo exhibition opening this April, artist, Paul Senyol will be showcasing a collection of new paintings on paper, entitled The Man of Dust at Salon91 in Cape Town.

This body of work will explore our shared experience of the human condition in relation to the phrase:

“And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly man.”

The works will seemingly speak to one another, revealing parallels between ‘the man of dust’ and ‘the heavenly man’ and contrasts between the very things that make us on the one hand, beautiful creations and on the other, wounded beings. Senyol’s carefully-considered concepts, intricate thoughts, and everyday observations will be translated into shapes, lines and forms, creating his signature compositions that reveal something of life, nature, honesty and faith. His unique abstract style with its roots in Street Art, and inspired by great artists like Basquiat and Miró, remains open-ended, expressed through a visual language, which may be universally understood. In collaboration with Salon91 Senyol will also be publishing a highly collectable book that will catalog and form part of the exhibition and showcase the creative processes, drafts and thoughts behind the finished artworks.

MEDIUM: Abstract, mixed media paintings on paper.




Man of Dust and Artist’s Book:

Limited Edition Artist’s Book by Paul Senyol – signed and numbered with customized sleeve. Only a few copies remain! The book, titled “The Man of Dust” was produced by Salon91 and Paul Senyol, and designed by Candice Jezek and Paul Senyol during 2012. The book was launched along with the exhibition by the same name during April of 2012.


Opening Night:

Photos by Tiaan van Deventer



04 – 21.04.2012



An exhibition by Louis Minnaar & Maaike Bakker

From the minds of two young thinkers in a purple-flowered-city
This fantastic tale emerges, mysterious and gritty:
A sloth, on a terrible journey, hoping to recover what he’s lost;
banks will be flooded, lines will be crossed.

Pretorian visual artists Louis Minnaar and Maaike Bakker present a twisting narrative exhibition of collaborative visual artworks complemented by the words of Jaco van der Merwe


Based in Pretoria, Louis Minnaar operates as a director, animator, illustrator, graphic designer and general visual artist. He has been practicing as a freelance visual artist since 2005. Since completing his degree in Visual Communication (majoring in video) Louis has produced music videos for artists such as VANCOKE KARTEL, DIE HEUWELS FANTASTIES, FLASH REPUBLIC and AKING, as well as taking part in over 40 exhibitions locally and internationally. Louis received the animation prize at the 2008 Mnet Edit Awards for “Henri”, and has been nominated as a finalist in several local and international film & video festivals.

Louis Minnaar returns to Salon91 after his phenomenally successful multi-media solo exhibition Originale hosted by the gallery during June 2009


Salon91 is thrilled to welcome the multi-talented, Maaike Bakker from Pretoria, to the gallery for the first time. Bakker holds a BA in Visual Arts, and an MA in Fine Art from the University of Johannesburg. The artist’s creative output ranges from installation & conceptual art to more light-hearted, offbeat illustrations & raw paintings.

Maaike has exhibited in Johannesburg, Cape Town, London and Berlin.
She was selected as a finalist for the Sasol New Signatures competition during 2005 and 2009, and also made it to the top 10 of the prestigious Absa L’atelier art competition during 2009.




One particularly gloomy day, in what may well have been morning
A gentle sloth knew that he was awake, as he heard himself yawning
And, whilst stretching out his tender limbs to meander through the timber
A sudden pang cut through his heart; a dreadful, aching shiver
“I’m done for! All is lost!” he cried, and nearly lost his grip
He saw the wound his claws had made; the wood was bleeding syrup
“What’s the matter, young climber?” boomed the Tree’s golden song
“I’ve never heard you speak before, something must be wrong!”
“It’s hard to s-s-say,” groaned the sloth, in an awful, hoarse stutter
“A piece of my heart has disappeared, a part I c-c-cannot utter”
“I know the feeling, I was once a seed,” hummed the tree compassionately
And then, rather mysteriously, muttered something about a journey
The sloth looked down, his brooding frown reflected in a mirror
And then he knew that what he sought lay below him, in the river

He clutched the water by the tail and plunged into its depths
The currents pulled with all their strength and tried to steal his breath
But he held his nerve, never losing his hold, for sloths are awesome swimmers
And so began his lonely odyssey in the slipstream of the river

Two glowing eyes rose from the deep, a sea monster with razor teeth!
Defeat? Well, if you thought a sloth was always slow, you’d be deceived
With lightning jabs the sloth swung arms designed in ancient warfare
In a matter of moments the leviathan’s corpse sank unknowingly back into its lair

A storm swelled suddenly in the sky above the slippery, silky surface
Sapping the sloth’s self-belief, slowly suffocating his sense of purpose
Storm clouds sliced the river into a ragged, jagged snake, spitting and hissing
As the tempest raged, the sloth regained a small part of what he had been missing

For what seemed like weeks the clouds maintained their shattering downpour
Electric bolts shot through the sky, screaming through the terrible ring of thunder roaring
There was one specific noise that seemed to echo into the sloth’s shuddering chest
A vibration of sound waves that urged him deeper and farther into his quest

Reluctantly, one afternoon the sun peered through the clouds
The sloth rejoiced, he was weak and weary from his efforts not to drown
But within minutes the fiery ball had blazed the riverbank’s mud into dry soil
And fate’s pendulum swung through another dark arc as the river began to boil

The heated silt began to drift haphazardly between the bubbles
Colliding and tangling with debris from the storm in piles of floating rubble
The river swelled, and broke its banks, spilling out to form a giant lake
As the sloth steered for shore, with an empty heart, he wondered if his journey had been a mistake

An undercurrent grabbed his heel, reeling him suddenly outward, just inches from the land
The sloth’s resistance had at last been broken; and the river led him by the hand
The droning voice of breaking water surged from around the approaching bend
And the shattered sloth stretched out limply in the current, ready to embrace his end

It took a while for the sloth to realise that the voice was droning words
The River had been calling his name, waiting patiently to be heard
With faded courage, the sloth succeeded in stammering a faint reply
And, to his greatest surprise, found himself staring into a tremendous eye

“It is I,” said the watery voice, “that you have been swimming in for a time;
I am not what you think I am, in fact most of me is in your mind.”
The sloth recoiled in disbelief as the River gushed into the massive form
Of a silvery blue Snake with glistening scales, war-torn and weather-worn
“I know what it is that you’re missing,” hissed the Snake, “and I might be wrong,
But the thing that you’ve been looking for has been very near you all along.”
The Snake exposed its dripping fangs, drawing its jaws open wide
And with no hesitation, the sloth drew new strength and leapt inside
Being swallowed whole was much like swimming, and the sloth sunk swiftly
Eventually reaching a glimmering Object that he had no difficulty in lifting
And as he held it up in wonder, the River howled out the deepest moan
For underneath the thing the sloth had found was an abyss of ancient stone
And in a few amazing seconds, as only such a body of water could,
The River disappeared, leaving the sloth, alone, feeling relatively good.


Exhibition shots The River:
Courtesy of revolution daily.


Louis Minnaar Artworks:


Maaike Bakker Artworks:


Opening night:


Litnet – Art Interview:
Louis Minnaar and Maaike Bakker talk about collaboration, illustration and sloths.

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14 – 31.03.2012



A Group Exhibition of Illustration


Featured Artists:

Mieke van der Merwe
Jean de Wet
Bruce Mackay
Linsey Levendall
Michael Tymbios


The works exhibited during the RADAR show at Salon91 include once-off originals as well as limited edition archival prints by each of the exceptionally talented & proudly local above-mentioned artists. Please enquire with the gallery about availability of works & ordering of prints…


Mieke van der Merwe Artworks: 


Jean de Wet Artworks:


Bruce Mackay Artworks:

Linsey Levendall Artworks:


Michael Tymbios Artworks:



18.01 – 11.02.2012

A solo exhibition by Elise Wessels

Beast in mind is an intuitive visual interpretation of the Shadow archetype, as defined by C.G. Jung. While it is proposed that the Shadow may be partially linked to primordial and irrational animal instincts, it is also considered to be the seat of creativity. This concept became the departure point for a series of works by Elise Wessels, which were inspired by South African creatives in whose lives and work the Shadow played a significant role. The use of hybridity is intended to simulate a visual – or even an actual – conversation between the psyche and animal archetypes. With Beast in mind the artist hopes to offer the viewer a key to understanding the intuitive language of the Shadow.

Elise Wessels works as an Illustrator in Cape Town. After spending two and a half years at the Am I Collective studio she now works independently. She completed her Visual Arts Honours degree through the University of South Africa.

MEDIUM: Print, Etching, Light boxes, Works on paper.



18.01 – 11.02.2012

A solo exhibition by Tamsin Relly

From impressions of the Alberta tar sands to oil rigs, warfare to Wall Street and nostalgic park scenes, Tamsin Relly’s recent etchings explore the relationships between political and economic power structures, every day life and the exploitation of the planet.

Relly’s work reflects on this current time when contemporary global culture is becoming increasingly destabilized and unhinged. Unprecedented ecological devastation and heightened economic and social uncertainty demonstrate that a civilization driven by excessive consumption and greed is struggling to hold.

While drawing from her personal archive and the media, Relly embraces the unpredictable and accidental in printmaking, to present snapshots of urban and natural environments that hint at dissolve and degeneration, thus destabilizing conditioned perceptions of certainty, permanence and progress.

Tamsin Relly is a visual artist working in a variety of media; including paint, print, installation and social intervention. Practicing since 1999, Tamsin has exhibited widely and her work is included in private and corporate collections, locally and abroad, including VISA, Tokara and Hollard in South Africa. Born in Cape Town in 1981, Tamsin relocated to London in 2009 and completed her Masters In Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School in 2011. Relly has participated in a number of exhibitions, including ‘If you let yourself love a wild thing’ a large-scale charity group show (December 2011) & ‘The Center Cannot Hold’ (January 2012) a solo exhibition, at Salon91 in Cape Town, South Africa. Her work was shortlisted for the 2011 Clifford Chance Award for Postgraduate Printmaking in London.

MEDIUM: Etching.