OJO - Solly Smook

27 Jun 2018 - 11 Jul 2018

27 June - 11 July 2018 

Solly Smook returns to the Grahamstown festival for the first time since 2015. He unveils with this solo show “OJO” at the GFI Art Gallery in Port Elizabeth, a fringe venue of the Grahamstown festival. A process of creation that is exposed with raw, earthy canvas and acrylics, building towards his emotional images with oils and palette knife.
In creating this body of work he reconsidered the conventions of portrait painting through a continued pursuit of combining classic portraiture with contemporary techniques, tools and colour. With his goal to create paintings that engage with matters beyond what is immediately visible, quite often consciously and reflexively questioning the nature of spiritual identity as something deconstructed, created and tangible.

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Sanlam Portrait Award

09 May 2018 - 24 Jun 2018

Sanlam celebrates top South African artists with a biennial competition, the only one of its kind in South Africa.
While South African art reflects the country’s social and political evolution, Sanlam’s passion and investment interest in art is also growing. This is why they established the Sanlam Portrait Award in partnership with Rust-en-Vrede art gallery.
The competition celebrates and showcases the best original portrait artwork in South Africa. It gives top local artists the opportunity to get invaluable exposure – the top 40 entries are displayed at an exhibition – and the winner walks away with R100 000.
To win this award is clearly not a simple matter. It requires skill, historical insight and also daring. This year there have been many such portraits and it’s gratifying to see the commitment of the broader visual art community to this competition growing. The next award in 2019 will undoubtedly present another challenge, which I’m sure both artists and audience are looking forward to.
The GFI Art Gallery is once again proud to be associated with Sanlam and Rust-en-Vrede Art gallery to bring you an exhibition of the Top 40 Artists.

Sanlam Vanessa Berlein Looking Back To See The Future
Sanlam Lwando Lunika Untitled
Sanlam Kate Arthur Genna And Felix
Sanlam Jennifer Ord An Instance Of Substance
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Collective Ink - 4 April - 5 May 2018

04 Apr 2018 - 05 May 2018

Over 40 Artists explore the dramatic monochrome richness in an exhibition showcasing the diversity of INK as a medium.

It all starts with PEN AND PAPER…….


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25 Feb 2018 - 20 Mar 2018


Alice Nesbit,  Anthony Harris,   Dola Sapeta,  Duncan Stewart,   Greg Kerr,   Jaco Benade,   Jonathan Silverman,   Joanne Reen,   Jennifer Ord,   Kate Malan,   Lee Hensberg,   Louise Luders,   Marius Lourens,    Vusi Khumalo.

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The Creative Block

09 Dec 2017 - 26 Jan 2018

The Creative Block, administered by Spier Arts Trust invites professional artists to participate in this artist career development opportunity.
The project provides a fun platform for experimentation, with many emerging and established artists continuing to participate.

Regular hand-in days take place (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth) at specified locations. At this time, artists receive blank blocks to transform in the media of their choice for presentation and critique at the next hand-in day.
Artists are encouraged to attend the hand-in day in person. Many are self-taught and it is through the curator’s individual critique – similar to master class feedback – that artists develop further.

When work is accepted by the curator, artists are paid immediately according to the number and size of blocks. The size and associated price of Creative Block artworks are set, regardless of artist tenure or medium. 

Each Creative Block carries a short artist biography on the back. This allows the artists to enjoy significant exposure as these artworks are displayed around the globe, travel to art fairs and are in the collections of private owners, patrons and corporate offices.

We invite you to see how a collection of Creative Blocks displayed together becomes a newly created, single “work” that honestly and sometimes brutally expresses contemporary South African society.

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Sebastian Borckenhagen
Robyn Pretorius
Danielle Jordaan
Danielle Jordaan
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07 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017


Celebrating 100 years since the first aircraft arrived in Port Elizabeth.

This privately owned collection of 154 oil paintings by the late Port Elizabeth Artist, Ron Belling, covers the history of military aviation in South Africa from 1917 to about 1976 and at the same time reflects some of the many changes that have taken place within Port Elizabeth and the Eastern Cape, a region important in the history of aviation in the sub-continent.

Limited edition prints of 1/50 are available printed on fine art, water colour paper. 

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