New body of artwork showcased online

The five winners of last year’s New Breed Art Competition from the left are Bokang Nkejane and Miné Kleynhans (Merit Award winners), Neo Theku (overall winner), Bongani Tshabalala (Public Choice Award winner) and Kay Fourie (runner-up) Eye Poetry Photography.

The Breed Winners Group Exhibition of 2019 is now on show in the foyer of Phatshoane Henney Attorneys’ offices in Bloemfontein and will also be online as an innovative virtual exhibition from 1 to 31 October 2020 to allow for art-lovers worldwide to enjoy this exciting immersive art experience.

According to Magdel Louw, competition coordinator, “The five winners of last year’s New Breed Art Competition have been hard at work creating an entire new body of artworks as part of the prize offering of this annually held art competition presented by Phatshoane Henney Attorneys in association with Oliewenhuis Art Museum.”

She added that the five artists and mentors, , award-winning Free State artist Pauline Gutter, and Karen Brusch, founder of the Free State Art Collective, convened on a regular basis via Zoom-meetings to successfully put together this exhibition.

“The circumstances brought about by Covid-19 provided the New Breed Art Competition with the ideal opportunity to also present it as 3D virtual exhibition that can be entered online from any place in the world. Hereby the artistic talents of Neo Theku (overall winner), Kay Fourie (runner-up), Miné Kleynhans and Bokang Nkejane (Merit Award winners), and Bongani Tshabalala (Public Choice Award winner) can be admired up-close by a much larger audience,” she said.

The exhibition comprises a total of 25 works, which include paintings, photographs and sculptures, Theku’s gut-punching digital prints on aluminium, as well as Tshabalala’s alluring digital photographs.

Louw said one of the highlight’s of the exhibition is Fourie’s massive installation of 29 hanging resin bats commenting on man’s intrusion on the eco-system and the misplaced blame on bats for causing the Covid-19 outbreak. “Kleynhans’s finely finished and colourful sculptures zoom in on topics around social interactions, codes, intellectualism and emotions – adding various playful, yet deeply thought-provoking elements to the exhibition that is sure to draw in the viewer. Nkejane’s unique style of painting lends the final playful yet serious touch to this expansive body of works.”

The virtual exhibition is accessible without charge via Artworks are for sale for the duration of the exhibition and more information can also be found here under the ‘exhibitions’ page.

The public is welcome to view the exhibition at their offices at 35 Markgraaff Street, Westdene on weekdays between 08:00 and 17:00. The exhibition runs until 31 October 2020.

Heidre Malgas