Tracy Payne was born in 1965 in Cape Town. She graduated from Michaelis School of Fine Art in 1987 where she was awarded a MacIver Scholarship and has chartered a course in applied and fine arts ever since. Selected exhibitions include South African Art 1848 – Now, (Michael Stevenson, Cape Town, 2005); Tracy Payne: Sacred Yin (Michael Stevenson, Cape Town, 2005); New Painting (IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town, 2006); Tracy Payne: Sacred Yang (Michael Stevenson, Cape Town 2007); Self / Not Self (Brodie / Stevenson, Johannesburg, 2009); Tracy Payne: Muse (Barnard Gallery, Cape Town 2011); Changing Faces: Profiling Portraits in South African Art (Barnard Gallery, Cape Town, 2013); Tracy Payne: Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (Barnard Gallery, Cape Town, 2013) and PAINT MATTERS (Barnard Gallery, Cape Town, 2014). Her work has been presented at both the Joburg and Cape Town Art Fairs and is included in various corporate collections.
Alexia Vogel graduated from Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2013 where she majored in painting and was awarded a Simon Gerson Prize. Her graduate exhibition Familial Distance received attention from both academics and curators and, apart from a few paintings the artist elected to keep, the show sold out with key works purchased for the University of Cape Town Collection.
“My paintings come from a need to create something beautiful. As problematic and naive as this statement may be, it is a true reflection on my starting point in my painting practice. The paintings that I have created are the traces of intimate conversations between aging family photographs and me. They begin in wonder, doubt and curiosity and it is through the impulsive desire to paint from these sentimental objects that my practice of abstraction of light and colour has developed.”
Barnard Gallery represented Vogel’s work at the 2014 Cape Town Art Fair and forthcoming projects, ahead of her planned debut solo show at Barnard Gallery in 2015 include PAINT MATTERS (Barnard Gallery, Cape Town, 2014) and the JOBURG ART FAIR (Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, 2014).
With a career spanning almost four decades divided between South Africa and Europe, Robert Slingsby is a seasoned veteran of the arts with a loyal following and collector base.
He studied at the Vrije Akademie in Den Haag, Netherlands but it is arguably his longstanding research into the landscape and people of Southern Africa, and specifically the intersection between the environment and marginalized communities inhabiting the region that has most influenced him as he continues to document the fragility of life in this Anthropocene era.
In February 2014 Slingsby presented Crossing the Line, the artist’s third solo exhibition with Barnard Gallery. The exhibition, comprising large scale charcoal and chalk pastel portraits reflected his increasing engagement with the local communities of remote areas of Ethiopia to which Slingsby has made repeated sojourns and are essentially an interpretation of the threat of extinction to ancient traditions. Barnard Gallery published a signed, limited edition, hardcover catalogue to accompany the exhibition, a copy of which has subsequently been incorporated into the Thomas J. Watson Library Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Slingsby has held numerous solo exhibitions in both South Africa and Europe and has been included in significant shows at several venues including the South African National Gallery, Pretoria Art Museum, William Humphries Art Museum, South African Cultural History Museum and the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. His work is represented in various public and corporate collections including the Witswatersrand University, William Humphries Museum, South African Reserve Bank, Rand Merchant Bank, ABSA Bank, Investec Bank, Deutsche Bank and Bundes Bank, Germany.
Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi was born in Cape Town in 1977 and studied at Community Arts Project 2000 – 2001. He has since participated in various exhibitions both locally and abroad and is the recipient of a number of international residency fellowship awards. In 2012 he was selected to represent South Africa at the Dakar Biennale where he was the winner of the Foundation Blachere Award. At the recommendation of former Turner Prize nominee, Tacita Dean, Ngqinambi was subsequently awarded a residency fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany. More recently Ngqinambi’s work was included in The People Shall Share in the Country’s Wealth at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town. The exhibition was curated by Meghna Singh to coincide with the screening of the film, Miners Shot Down; a documentary by Rahad Desai dealing with the 2012 Marikana Massacre. Barnard Gallery represented the artist’s debut solo exhibition True Colours in May 2014.
Known for his conceptually sophisticated ‘photo-objects’ and artist’s books, Alastair Whitton’s work is essentially concerned with notions of sight and the way in which we recognize, recall and navigate the world around us. He graduated with distinction from the Natal Technikon School of Art in 1994 and went on to study at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland where he was tutored by photographer and conceptual artist Roger Palmer. He is the recipient of a number of awards including a Volkskas Atelier Merit Award (1994), the Emma Smith Overseas Scholarship Award (1994) and a PUMA Grant (2009).
In 2009 he was selected to represent South Africa at the 8th African Photography Biennale. This touring exhibition, entitled Borders, featuring photography and video from more than 50 artists from the African continent premiered at the National Museum of Mali in Bamako. Antawan Byrd, Curatorial Assistant at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos in his review of this pan-African exhibition highlighted Whitton’s work as showing “real critical and conceptual engagement” and arts writer Mary Corrigall described the work as a series of “astute statements … about the relationship between language and imagery that challenge our expectations of photography.”
Whitton’s work has been featured in various survey exhibitions at venues including, amongst others the IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town; Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg;; Durban Art Museum, Durban; Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius; Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon and FotoMuseum, Antwerp. Whitton’s work is represented in various corporate and public collections including the University of South Africa, Jack Ginsberg Collection, Durban Art Museum, Ellerman House, National Museum of Mali and the South African Centre for Photography.
His work will be shown at the forthcoming Cape Town Photography, Film & New Media Biennale and his solo exhibition entitled Glimpse will be presented by Barnard Gallery in October, 2014.
“In Botha’s work, geography and soul are chartered on the same map. This is the contemplative life as road movie, where details one might consider trivial, the moment-to-moment dislocation of daily existence contain hidden epiphanies.“ – Miles Keylock, Mail & Guardian.
A graduate of the Michaelis School of Fine Art, where she obtained a BA Fine Arts in 1988, Lien Botha is one of the few South African artists who have experimented extensively with the photographic medium beyond its documentary frame. In addition to her photographic practice spanning 25 years, she has contributed to the visual arts, both locally and internationally as curator and lecturer.
Botha was the winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award in 1997 and has received international residency grants from various institutions including the San Francisco Art Institute and the Ampersand Foundation in New York. She has held ten solo exhibitions to date and her work has been included in survey shows at various local and international venues including IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town; Musee da Cidade, Lisbon; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin; Te Papa Tongerewa Museum of New Zealand; Museum of Modern Art, Algiers; Musee National du Mali, Bamako; BOZAR, Brussels and Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon.
In March 2014 Barnard Gallery represented her tenth solo exhibition entitled Yonder and published a limited edition, hardcover catalogue to accompany the show. This publication has subsequently been incorporated into the collection of the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
JACO VAN SCHALKWYK
Jaco van Schalkwyk grew up in the faith home, Jatniël: the headquarters of the Latter Rain Mission International. This background informs his world-view and continues to influence his work. He holds a BA degree in Historical studies from the University of Pretoria and his knowledge and appreciation of art history provides ongoing content for his creative dialogue with past and contemporary art forms.
Van Schalkwyk was a Finalist in the 2011 Absa L’Atelier Award and in 2013 won a Merit Award in this prestigious national competition. Residency awards include the New York Art Students League (2008) and Kunst: Raum, Sylt Quelle, Germany.
His solo exhibitions include Just a matter of time (Barnard Gallery, Cape Town, 2012) and “I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things” (Barnard Gallery, Cape Town, 2013). Selected group shows include The Seven Deadly Virtues (ABSA KKNK, Oudtshoorn, 2013), Changing Faces: Profiling Portraits in South African Art (Barnard Gallery, Cape Town, 2013), and PAINT MATTERS (Barnard Gallery, Cape Town, 2014). Van Schalkwyk’s work has been represented at both the Joburg and Cape Town Art Fairs and is represented in the collections of the South African Reserve Bank, Absa Bank and Ellerman House.