Press Release

Barnard Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in the third edition of Cape Town Art Fair from 26 February until 1 March 2015 at the Avenue, V & A Waterfront.

Selected works by Alexia Vogel, Mia Chaplin, Sarah Biggs, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Ryan Hewett, Katherine Spindler, Robert Slingsby, Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi and Virginia MacKenny.

Alexia Vogel graduated from Michaelis School of Fine Art (with a distinction in Fine Art 4) majoring in painting and was subsequently awarded a Simon Gerson Prize in 2013. Her work is represented in the University of Cape Town (UCT) Collection. The artist’s debut solo exhibition will open at Barnard Gallery in March 2015.

Mia Chaplin was born in Durban, KwaZulu Natal, in 1990. After matriculating she moved to Cape Town to study at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, where she graduated with a BA in Fine Art in 2011. Mia works predominantly in oil on canvas and oil on paper. Her works are highly expressive and characterized by muted tones, visible brushstrokes and a rich application of oils. The artist’s subject matter ranges from landscapes and portrait studies to still life and abstracts.

Sarah Biggs graduated in 2013 from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, with a Distinction in Discourse of Art and Studio Work. She was awarded the Matthew Somers Memorial Prize in 2011 and the Judy Steinberg Award in 2013, as well as a Humanities Faculty Scholarship 2010-2013.

Jaco van Schalkwyk 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 (2014). His work is represented in the collections of the South African Reserve Bank, Absa Bank and Ellerman House.

Ryan Hewett is a self-taught painter whose solo exhibitions at Barnard Gallery sold out within days of it opening to the public; the demand for his work continues to grow. Hewett has held successful solo shows in New York and California and has participated in group exhibitions in London, Berlin and San Francisco. His paintings have also been presented at various art fairs including Joburg Art Fair; Cape Town Art Fair; Fountain Art Fair, Chicago and SCOPE Miami.

Katherine Spindler completed her BA(FA) (2004) and MFA (2011) with distinction at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town where she currently lectures in drawing and printmaking. She also teaches in the art department at Bishops Diocesan College. She is the recipient of a number of awards including the Katrine Harries Memorial Bursary, a MacIver Scholarship and the Jules Kramer Fine Art Travel Scholarship. Katherine’s first solo exhibition at Barnard Gallery will take place in August 2015.

Robert Slingsby’s career spanns almost four decades divided between South Africa and Europe 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.

Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi 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.

Virginia MacKenny is a practicing artist and an Associate Professor in Painting at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. She has received a number of awards including the Volkskas Atelier Award (1991) and the Ampersand Fellowship in New York (2004). She is an independent critic and curator and often selects for national art competitions. Interested in painting, gender and deep ecology she is recipient of a GIPCA Award for 2011 for research on environmentally concerned art practice in a pan-African context. MacKenny is represented in numerous public collections in South Africa including the South African National Gallery and her work can be found in the corporate collections of Anglo-American, SASOL and SANLAM.

Cape Town Art Fair | 26.02.15 - 01.03.15