Bloemfontein painter in national art exhibition


Oliewenhuis Art Museum, along with the Art Bank of South Africa (ArtbankSA), will showcase the best of South African emerging contemporary art tonight. Among the brilliant artists from around the country will be Bloemfontein’s own paint brush maestro, Victor Geduldt.

The exhibition will feature artworks selected and bought from more than 229 submissions received for consideration by the ArtbankSA in August 2019.

Geduldt’s painting, titled After School, which shows an everyday scene of learners making their way from school, has been chosen to be part of the Free State display.
The self-taught Geduldt has exhibited at various national art festivals as well as international art fairs overseas.

According to the ArtBankSA Project Manager, Nonto Msomi, the vision of the organisation is to promote, develop and stimulate a vibrant market for the collection of South African contemporary visual art. They are tasked with buying artworks from artists to lease and sell them to private South African companies, private individuals and government departments.

“This year’s exhibition is definitely more critical towards various issues that make up the South African identity. It’s all about how we see the collective identity compared to individual identity,” said Msomi.

The exhibition will be opened at 19:00 on Thursday 20 February 2020 at Oliewenhuis Art Museum. At the opening ArtbankSA will launch a new catalogue showcasing the first edition of its collection. Attendance of the opening and walkabout is free of charge and all are welcome to join. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele