Solly Smook currently resides in Riebeek Kasteel, Western Cape, South Africa. Born in Otjiwarongo, Namibia, 1968, matriculated at Jan van Riebeeck High school and studied Graphic design at Cape Technikon. After years in the restaurant trade, Solly became a full time artist in 2003. With more than 50 very successful group and solo exhibitions his art found its way to various collections all over the globe.
International auctions of his donated work includes - The Foundling museum for FoodBank Africa, Amnesty International at Mandela Rhodes, Cape Town and MAD Leadership foundation at the Painter’s Hall in London. 2018 Charities- A Beautiful Mind NPO, MAD Leadership Foundation and Goldilocks & the 3 bears for children with learning disabilities. Magazine and book covers include - Good Taste Magazine, Kidege, Blick, Arabella Life and, Splash. His work was also featured in the Art Times, The South African Artist, and Contemporary artists of South Africa.
In his works, Smook reconsiders the conventions of portrait painting through a continued pursuit of combining classic portraiture with contemporary techniques, tools and colour. With his goal to produce paintings that engage with matters beyond what is immediately visible, quite often consciously and reflexively questioning the nature of spiritual identity as something deconstructed, created and tangible. www.sollysmook.com
Hanneke Benade ́completed the degree BA (Fine Arts) in 1993 at the University of Pretoria. She majored in Printmaking/Lithography and worked as a part-time lecturer in drawing.
From the start of her art career she took part in group shows locally and abroad. She participated at the Joburg Biennale and was represented at the London Art Fair. She showed extensively in Cape Town and Gauteng and is represented by The Everard Reads Gallery and other selected galleries.
Hanneke received several awards, among them Merit Awards at the ABSA Atelier,Sasol New Signatures,The Thembisa Art Award,The Kebble Award and received two Kanna- Awards at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees in Oudtshoorn where she was festival artist in 2016.
Some of her work are housed in collections of the Universities of Stellenbosch, - Pretoria, -Free State and University of Johannesburg; as well as Spier Holdings, Rand Merchant Bank, SAB, Hollard House, Pretoria Art Museum, Iziko Museum Cape Town,The Gauteng Provincial Government, British American Tobacco Company, Sanlam, Sasol, Telkom and ABSA and her work is housed in several private collections. www.hannekebenade.com
I live the life I love which includes the whole caboodle from peace to chaos, vulnerability to liberation. I strive to express the resulting personal growth in my art with heartfelt directness rather than intellectual control. My art depicts images such as figures, flowers, birds which become carriers of deeper meaning. The theme running through all my work is inner transformation. www.ednafouriegallery.co.za
The African Queen studio was established in 2000, after I, Lorraine Piers, had returned to South Africa from Germany, where I had lived, studied and worked for twenty years. I returned to my home country wanting to make a difference in our new South African democracy.
My mission was to create an employment environment where I could use my creative talents, and work together with women from our local previously disadvantaged community.
Employment is seasonal in our valley of fruit- and vineyards, and unemployment rife. As a single mother, self-employment was the best option. Based in the rural village of Mc Gregor, in the Western Cape of South Africa, our enterprise employs ladies from the local community. Our endeavor, as creative women, is to work together as a team encouraging inspiration and self-confidence. www.africanqueen.org.za
Tony was born in South Africa in 1956. He studied photography in Durban and worked as a photographer in the Cape Town advertising industry until 2000. He then started a printing company called Southern Editions, making prints for photographers and fine artists.
Floris van Zyl
Floris van Zyl (born 1971, Bloemfontein) is a South African Expressionist painter who has studied graphic design in the early 90`s, built his own design agency over 17 years and returned to painting full time in 2010. In just over 5 years he created more than 400 artworks, including around 200 oil paintings. Floris has sold locally and internationally and works include landscapes, still life images, portraits and self-portraits. His work is characterised by bold, symbolic colours, and dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushwork. One of the themes in Van Zyl`s work is to take things apart: to take realism and make it abstract by using a palette knife, to extend the paint beyond the boundaries of the form we know.
He strive to capture an emotional climate more than likeness. The formal properties of paint are central concerns to Van Zyl, who employs the visceral materiality of oil paint and the expressive potential of colour to create a sense of frailty and potency.
Floris studied Graphic Design at the DUT of Pretoria and graduated in 1993 before starting up his own design and art studio in Gauteng province of South Africa. He grew it into a successful business and worked extensively in the fields of advertising and communication creating brand and training awareness. By 2009 he relocated to the quiet town of Hilton in the Midlands of Kwa-Zulu Natal to follow his passion for paint. Floris currently lives in McGregor, Western Cape where he enjoys a lifestyle that supports his creative expression.
Floris started exhibiting in 2011 and has since exhibited in Johannesburg and the Western Cape. During 2016, 8 of his artworks was exhibited in the Pretoria Museum of Art. He has build a considerable following in South Africa and in Europe. His work featured in various publications including Visi, SLOW Magazine, Dossier, The SA Artist, various newspapers, radio and Television interviews.
John Adam Barrow
John Adam Barrow was born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1963. After completing his schooling he studied architecture at the University of Cape Town. He left South Africa in 1984 and resided in Europe for the following 22 years. The first number of years he lived in London, then Portugal and moved to Sweden in 1989. He completed his architectural studies in Sweden. John has two daughters. John returned to South Africa in 2006. He moved to McGregor, a village in the Western Cape in 2015 where he resides. His works are an expression of his most prevalent thoughts and concerns. The vivid clarity of the images is a representation of this endeavour.
The artist Neil Jonker is surrounded in his everyday life by the abundant light and creativity of the rural landscape. The small hamlet of Baardskeerdersbos where he lives, lies in the Overberg area of the Western Cape, South Africa. It lies amongst rolling hills and mountains which stretch beneath open skies to the coast-line of Walker Bay.
There is a whole lot in the air which smacks of the creative marriage of nature and human endeavour as can be experienced in Provence or Tuscany - from the extraordinary natural light playing across the landscape, to the celebration of country values in the communal life of a rural village. Here ideas are given time and warmth to rise like the yeast in a good farm bread or plaasbrood. This bread, baked also by Jonker himself, is best shared warm and steaming with a good glass of wine and robust company, sitting on a wide voor-stoep or verandah taking in the view and the country air. Even as terroir enters the soul of a good bottle of wine, so too in the soul of the artist.
Within the cycle of creativity, to engage with Jonker's art is to experience something of this sensual country lifestyle (without having to brave the veld-fires and muddy roads and mosquitoes for yourself!).
Growing up in ostrich-farming community of Oudtshoorn, Niel Jonker is the son of an ostrich farmer and school teacher. From his youth, he has always shied away from the attention provoked by his talent, seeking solace in the endless wonders contained in nature.
My name is Daniele, 'Dani', an Italian businessman who moved to South Africa some years ago to start a new life in a new country.
Disillusioned with the fast-paced European lifestyle, I searched the Western Cape before settling in McGregor. For me, photography was merely a leisure pastime, but since arriving in McGregor, I have become proficient enough to regard myself a “real” photographer. When Jennifer and Billy requested that I photograph the second Poetry Festival I realised that Photography is my passion and an expression of my creativity. In the interim I have photographed McGregor and local events extensively, further honing my skills and techniques. My focus is on capturing the essence of what I see and experience through the lens.
In 2017 I opened my new studio and gallery, La Galleria, where I exhibit my latest photography and fine art prints. Since then I have also embarked on a new creative venture, namely, hosting and curating solo exhibitions for talented South African artists in my gallery.