This week we take a look at South African creatives in the Art scene. With the culture of visual arts continuously expanding, it’s only fair to give recognition to those engaging in the groundwork for our visual pleasure!
First up we have Seth Pimentel, an illustrator based in Johannesburg intent on broadening the scope of illustration through continuous collaborations and a keen ideal on learning and teaching to. “I fell in love with art at around 6 years old, 9/11 just happened and we were told to draw what happened and how the incident made us feel, my work was really bad and trashy but my teacher loved it, and that inspired me so much to push through and draw.
another big part of my inspiration was anime and anime films when i was a kid”. Having studied fine arts and design throughout high school, fate lead him to majoring in Illustration at a tertiary level.
“Art for some people is a hobby, or a fun, expressive job. Art for me is a drug. Its a bad addiction, that i can’t stop. And i love it, its taught me how to feel, how to love, how to hate and how to appreciate the smaller, finer, weirder details of life as a whole. I want my work to touch the kids that no one liked, the weirdos, losers. I was one of them. And i want us, as weird, cringy kids to feel comfortable again.”
With a dynamic set of illustrations and obvious talent, his page lets us into his weird and wonderful world!
Take a look here!
Next we have Laura Windvogel AKA Lady Skollie
Lady Skollie was born and raised in Cape Town, and resides in Johannesburg. Making a mark on the South African visual art scene with her uninhibitedly expressive works. With her work being “simultaneously bold and vulnerable, expressing the duality of human sexuality” each piece she creates communicates unique meanings. Described as “An intensely feminist artist, passionate about defying taboos and talking openly about issues of sex, pleasure, consent, human connection and abuse.” there are no bounds to her efforts. Having had a background of creative freedom growing up , she set foot in the visual arts to her success. “We’re living in a digital age and being satisfied instantly requires a lot of visual intrigue. Art is that feeling when you wade through digital content for hours, which most of us do, but feel the need to revisit certain images. The ones that don’t get lost in the scrolling, and make you pause. That’s art, in these times. So that’s how we’re connected; art and technology.”
Her page enthralls us in her world of bold, bright colours and her ongoing explorations!
Take a look here!
Last,but not least we Have Megan Woolley!
Megan previously resided in Cape Town and is now becoming one of Johannesburg’s own. She works part time at the Kalashnikovv Gallery in Johannesburg on the design and communication end, with an approach and focus generally around behaviour and space. “I have always been into behind the scenes and analysing behavior within space. Fascination by how artists project themselves to a public sphere and how they become accountable for what they produce. It is this side I have always taken to. This was after being told that art “wasn’t for me” in school. I guess I wasn’t into the whole drawing the pot of flowers in front of me vibe. I think and create quite abstractly to begin with and thus my interest in peoples’ responses grew from there. The “art market” is something I am completely taken with. I find the whole personal and consumer interaction the most fickle and interesting of any I have come across yet.” . Setting herself apart from presumed forms of artistic expression , has her contributing to a wider range of artistic representations in the South African industry. “The art scene is something that feeds and challenges my balance of design and thinking. I guess I feel most comfortable in Kalashnikovv’s approach to the art scene with their hybrid of spaces and drive to challenge. I’m just lucky enough that their reigns aren’t tight.” setting a win-win situation for both parties!
“If I’m not in the gallery, I am goofing around with colour or fondling fabric. I’m rather new here, so getting a grip on the city though the eye to those that I am lucky enough to have around me, is something that brings me great drive and comfort. Documenting snippets is just an invitation into what I have been thinking in that moment in time. Some of it is reflects the selective hearing from what has been said around me.”
Take a look at her page here!