From the evocative surfaces of Alexia Vogel’s paintings to the intense and highly expressive impasto works of Mia Chaplin, Surface: Emerging Painters features the work of a select group of up-and-coming painters redefining the medium in contemporary South African art. The exhibition considers and celebrates paint both as medium and subject, substance and means; showcasing a diversity of attitudes and approaches to the long-established and recently resurgent practice of painting.
Alexia Vogel graduated from Michaelis School of Fine Art (with distinction) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sarah Biggs graduated in 2013 from the Michael 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.