Barnard Gallery is pleased to announce the addition of Richard Mudariki to its stable of artists.
Often drawing on classic compositions from the Old Masters of European art history, Richard Mudariki reinterprets these iconic scenes with his own cast of human and animal characters, constructing a mise-en-scene which resituates the drama within a contemporary, Southern African social context. Mudariki tackles a wide range of political and social debates with an arresting and unique visual language characterized by bright colours, irrational spaces and perspectives, theatrical compositions and allegorical use of symbolism. Often appealing to the viewer’s sense of humour, Mudariki’s theatricality nevertheless maintains a restless, foreboding energy in its engagement with the duplicity and deception, which characterizes so much of contemporary politics. In Mudariki’s quotations of iconic moments in European art, the artist also questions notions of canonicity and accepted narratives of art history, considering his position – and the position of African artists more generally – within it.
Richard Mudariki (b.1985, Zimbabwe) is a full time professional painter who lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. He studied under the mentorship of renowned painter Helen Lieros and Greg Shaw at Gallery Delta in Harare. Known for his original modernist paintings full of social commentary on various issues in Africa, he has held four solo exhibitions to date and his work has been selected for inclusion on major exhibitions at significant venues in Johannesburg, Cape Town, London, Paris and New York.
The group exhibition Fluid: Perspectives In Paint highlights paintings’ enduring role in contemporary art practice and explores aspects of medium and method, concept and construction in the work of selected South African painters, including amongst others, Robyn Penn, Anton Karstel, Cathy Layzell, Colijn Strydom, Gina Heyer, Katherine Spindler And Richard Mudariki. The exhibition will run until 13th of June 2017.
Barnard Gallery is pleased to present Sarah Biggs’ second solo exhibition Waiting for Rain. In the work of Biggs the intersections of subjectivity and objectivity, figure and environ- ment, self and other are examined and played out in virtuosic manipulations of luminous oils. The artist’s highly successful debut exhibition Further afield, presented by Barnard Gallery in October 2015, officially introduced viewers to what has proved to be an enduring interest for the artist: the notion of “the field”, and all that it implies – research, observation, the natural en- vironment, taxonomy and exploration. In her depictions of various professionals and research- ers in their natural environment, Biggs inquires into and makes tangible the state of openness and receptivity that underscores all modes of enquiry. Her paintings are records of the record keepers, observations of the observers, bringing the often disparate fields of science and art into a repartee that is both playful and considered. The exhibition will open 20th of June and run until 18th of July 2017.
Barnard Gallery publishing is proud to present its most recent publication ‘Along the Way’ by Alexia Vogel. Highlighting selected paintings by the artist between 2013-2017, this signed and limited edition (100 copies only) publication serves as an extension of the artist’s practice and is an art object in its own right. The hard back, cloth covered and stitch bound full colour publication includes essays by Charis de Kock and Houghton Kinsman. for more information or to purchase a copy please contact Barnard Gallery.
For those who may have missed Robyn Penn’s recent interview in VISI, please click here.
Barnard Gallery is proud to launch Alexia Vogel’s signed and limited edition publication this Saturday, 6 May 2017, between 10 am and 2 pm. Please join us and the artist for the launch at the gallery and view her second solo exhibition Along the Way, before it closes on Tuesday, 9th of May 2017.
Alexia Vogel’s greatly anticipated and highly celebrated second solo exhibition Along the way is currently on show and will conclude May 9. In this new body of work, the artist continues and extends her exploration of subjectivity and place through a more in depth exploration of the notion of wanderlust and journey. Part of this consideration of journey and passage is an engagement with and confrontation of fear and the unknown. This engagement extends Vogel’s practice further into the realm of the sublime, most strikingly evident in her Wave series, an extensive project charged with the ocean’s connotations of flux, fear and the unknown. The exhibition will be open for viewing on Thursday April 27 (Freedom Day) as well as Friday April 28.
In association with Barnard Gallery, Lizamore & Associates in Johannesburg will present MJ Lourens’ solo exhibition, In Situ from 4 – 27 May. Originally from Gauteng, but now based in Cape Town, it has been almost six years since the artist last showed his work in Johannesburg and his forthcoming show is keenly anticipated. Referring to the In Situ project the artist notes, “The memory of the highveld is as ingrained in me as the accent I have when speaking. I use the language of these memories when painting and I return to the wide, gold-strewn swathes of the highveld in my work”. For a catalogue of works that will feature in the exhibition please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Barnard Gallery is proud to announce that Lien Botha has been awarded the Eugène Marais prize for literature for her debut novel Wonderboom. Her related solo exhibition of photographs was presented by Barnard Gallery at Somerset House in London during the 2016 edition of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. For more on this project, including details of available works, please refer to the artist’s page on our website or alternatively contact the gallery.