‘Back in 5 minutes’ an exhibition featuring an award winning set of local designers, typographers and illustrators, including Ben Johnston, Clinton Campbell of Studio Muti, Clement de Bruin, Justin Southey, & Dani Loureiro.
Canadian-born Ben Johnston is a 26-year old self-taught designer who grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. After a brief stint in industrial design, Ben started focusing on traditional graphic design, with a preference for creating typographic illustrations from scratch. His industrial design experience gives him the ability to break the confines of 2D and 3D, enabling him to bring his designs to life. With five years’ experience in the creative industry, Ben’s portfolio includes a prolific selection of completed projects for renowned ad agencies, South African businesses and major overseas clients – being featured on various creative websites (he was recently included in 10and5’s BEST OF GRAPHIC DESIGN 2012 list) while his online presence boasts with thousands of hits on each project he uploads. His immediate future plans includes moving overseas in pursuit of exploring the creative industry abroad and exhibiting in galleries all over the world, but certainly still continuing to showcase his work back home in SA.
Clement de Bruin is a 26 year old, freelance illustrator, typographer and graphic designer, living in Cape Town, South Africa. Clement studied at CPUT and Friends of Design in Cape Town. His work is extremely versatile in terms of style and medium. The artist has a unique and experimental approach to his subject matter. Clement’s art is edgy, colourful and always playful. The artist’s highly developed skills are apparent in the consistent flawless execution of his works. Clement has participated in three group shows at Salon91 to date, namely ‘Winter Wonderland’ (13 July – 6 August 2011), ‘If you let yourself love a wild thing’ (3 December 2011 – 14 January 2012) and most recently ‘Back in Five Minutes’ (27 Feb – 23 March 2013).
Clinton Campbell was born in Cape Town in 1978. He grew up in Durban and matriculated from Westville Boys High School in 1996. He returned to the Cape the following year to study a BA in applied graphics at the University of Stellenbosch. He currently lives and works in Cape Town and is a partner at Muti, an illustration and design studio formed in 2011. He enjoys working in a variety of styles and disciplines, from hand typography to vector illustration.
Typography and intricate pencil-sketching are Dani Loureiro’s particular passions. In her creative projects, she combines the skills of her trade as an illustrator with transposing her fonts and graphics to mediums such as glass and wood. She excells at an unconventional use of typography and fine line, exploring the endless possibilities that letters offer in terms of their variation and execution. She works on both digital drawing platforms as well as with old fashioned pencil on paper, embracing both the perfection of digital media as well as the imperfections in her hand-drawn work. She is an avid reader. The tone of chosen words inspire their final expression. Loureiro graduated cum laude from the Savannah College of Art and Design in the United States with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Graphic Design. She started her career working for David Carson Design studio in New York City and has worked in design and advertising for the likes of O’Neill in California and Machine Agency in Cape Town. Throughout her career to date, her work has won her numerous awards for design and illustration both locally and internationally. For Loureiro, illustration is about style and telling a story. Dani Loureiro has lived and worked in both South Africa and the United States of America, and is currently based in Portland, USA.
Selected Exhibitions & Awards: 2017 – AO with Salon91. 2015 – Stellar at Salon91; This is the Place – A group exhibition at Salon91. 2014 – Turbine Art Fair with Salon91; Gravity at Salon91, Cape Town. 2013 – Home is Wherever I’m with You at Salon91, Cape Town; Silver Cannes Lion Award in France; Chois Gallery (vol 23), China; Cape Town Art Fair, Salon91 booth. 2012 – Golden Loerie Award, South Africa; Lost and Found by Revolution Skateboards; The Tent Exhibition at Toffie Festival; The Plank Exhibition sponsored by BFam