ABSA Gallery

'Blood, Sweat and Tears'

Various Artists
'Blood, Sweat and Tears', Exhibition Image ,

SEE LISTING Provincial Administration Building amongst others

Ian Grose
Provincial Administration Building amongst others, Oil on canvas ,

SEE LISTING From 'Transit'

Kevin Brand
From 'Transit', Mixed media ,

SEE LISTING Colour, Separation

Ian Grose
Colour, Separation, oil on fabriano ,

SEE LISTING Terms of Surrender

James Webb
Terms of Surrender, ,


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Various Artists at ABSA Gallery

The 'Blood, Sweat and Tears' exhibition forms part of the 2014 Absa L’Atelier campaign of the same name, used to promote the 29th edition of the Absa L’Atelier Art Competition. The exhibition includes past Absa L’Atelier winners and finalists in a showcase of works incorporating the paints made from the blood, sweat and tears of three prominent local artists; namely the actual blood, sweat and tears of artists Diane Victor, Bambo Sibiya and Willem Boshoff.

Participating artists include Conrad Botes, Marco Cianfanelli, Barend de Wet, Gordon Froud, Pauline Gutter, Elrie Joubert, Lunga Kama, Marlise Keith, Kim Lieberman, Philiswa Lila, Nyaniso Lindi, Jacki McInnis, Virginia MacKenny, Nomusa Makhubu, Isabel Mertz, Mongezi Ncaphayi, Ilse Pahl, Stephen Rosin, Bambo Sibiya, Dominic Thorburn, Ilka van Schalkwyk, Diane Victor and Judy Woodborne.

08 June 2014 - 27 June 2014

Ian Grose at ABSA Gallery

'Notes' is Ian Grose's first exhibition since winning the Absa L’Atelier.

'Notes' comprises small paintings on linen and paper, which are mainly products of  direct observation. The exhibition marks a significant departure from Ian’s previous work, although the analogy of painting and literature is extended to the idea of Notes. In his work in this exhibition, Ian approaches painting in the spirit of experimental description, and an emphasis on the passage of time, that might characterise a writer’s notebook.

03 February 2013 - 28 February 2013

Kevin Brand at ABSA Gallery

Kevin Brand, brings his latest body of work – an engaging collection of 15 hanging pieces – to the Absa Gallery in Johannesburg.

Called 'Transit', the exhibition comprises five framed charcoal drawings, five mixed media paintings on board and five metal works on painted board. Together the pieces illustrate Brand’s continued interest in the appropriation and homogenisation of global, indigenous cultural artefacts, costume and sculpture.

He has attempted to formally mimic this issue by utilising and transforming everyday household items, sourced from discarded plastic objects and packaging materials, into conceptual works. The making of the various pieces, as  objects of desire, was an intentional focus of the exhibition.

“Kevin’s work has long been distinguished by his use of non-traditional sculptural materials to make strong but increasingly nuanced comments on aspects of South African social history and life. Transit is no different, and essentially breathes new life into otherwise useless materials. It really reflects his love for working with different materials and mediums.” - Paul Bayliss.

08 October 2012 - 25 October 2012

Various artists at ABSA Gallery

The 2011 edition of the prestigious Absa L'Atelier award opened on July 27. The work of the winner, Ian Grose, as well as that of the Gerard Sekoto Award Winner Isabel Mertz, will on display together with the work of other entrants for the duration of the exhibtion.

21 July 2011 - 19 August 2011

James Webb at ABSA Gallery

'Terms Of Surrender', James Webb's first solo exhibition in Johannesburg, brings together individual projects created by Webb after winning the 2008 ABSA L’Atelier award. The works featured were created in Berlin, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Madrid and Paris over the past three years. The exhibition employs spatial and sculptural elements to create a meditation on territory, history and culture.

The exhibition opens at 6.15pm, and is followed shortly by the opening of Webb's second solo exhibition in Johannesburg at Goethe on Main.

10 November 2010 - 26 November 2010