Past Exhibitions


07 Nov 2018 - 30 Nov 2018

Inspired by Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat and the exaggeration of African expressionism, Thembalethu’s work is a breath of fresh air pregnant with positive energies.
Fuelled by creativity lived in his experience with a lovely sense of joie d’ vivre, Thembalethu is very spiritual and paints from the heart, a space breathed upon him by his ancestors. His art pieces come from inside, painted out for the naked eye to see.
Thembalethu skilfully and purposefully brings together a host of disparate traditions, practices and styles to create a fresh and unique visual narrative. He exemplifies how emerging African artists today reintroduce the human face and human figure in their work, (inspired by the African mask) after the wide success of modern conceptualism.
The African mask, is a way in which he paints, as the ancestors have always hidden their identity. His beliefs, values and way of life are depicted in his non-conformist way of bringing his paintings to life.
Thembalethu’s Free Form art style is a true depiction of himself, that of being a free-thinker and free spirit in a modern world.
His latest offering entitled “Western African Ideology” intertwines Western theory and African theory, which compels the two to reflect on identity.
Thembalethu believes that by bringing these two cultures together, total rebirth of humanity is conceived.

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29 Sep 2018 - 27 Oct 2018

Presented by the Port Elizabeth Camera Club and the Photographic Society of South Africa

MOMENTS IN TIME is a selection of photographs created to express the artist's perceptions and emotions and includes more than 240 images by 127 photographers from 14 different countries.

The exhibition was opened by Diane Skinner, an award-winning photographer from Canada who was a guest speaker at the PSSA Congress held in Port Elizabeth from the 30th of September to the 5th of October.

Forming part of the exhibition were images from the International Federation of Photographic Art, FIAP, the only photographic association recognized by UNESCO. They hold a Black and White Biennial competition open to all member countries every second year – This year South Africa hosted the competition. Each country submitted 10 black and white prints by 10 different photographers with Scotland taking the Trophy for the most successful entry.

The Photographic Society of South Africa (PSSA) awards Honours to those of its members who achieve excellence in photography. This exhibition also included work by members of the Port Elizabeth Camera Club who achieved PSSA Honours this year.

The plight of the Rhino is a major concern and photographers generously donated images to form part of the Rhino Exhibition which was available for sale, the proceeds going to the Wilderness Foundation.

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22 Sep 2018 - 13 Oct 2018


An exhibition of Fine Art responding to Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

GFI ART GALLERY in collaboration with the EASTERN CAPE REGION of ALZHEIMER'S SOUTH AFRICA NPC invited artists to submit works responding to Dementia & Alzheimer's disease.
The exhibition provided the non-profit with an opportunity to raise funds and a portion of the Gallery proceeds went towards these great cause.

The Exhibition was opened by Psychiatrist, Dr Reino Verster and Clinical Psychologist, Mark Eaton.

Annette Kamper.Water Pump Wheel.50x42cm
Kathy Botha
Memory.Llisa Dodd
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Marc Pradervand

04 Sep 2018 - 24 Sep 2018

Marc Pradervand was born in East London and grew up in the Eastern Cape. He has lived in various parts of South Africa and briefly in the UK. Presently he lives and works in the rural hamlet of Riebeeck East.

A painter and photographer, Pradervand , who holds a Higher Diploma in Education and a National Diploma in Photography from the NMMU, has to date had 8 solo exhibitions.

Most of his work deals with social issues such as violence, power and the abuse thereof and societies obsessive “wealth at any cost” mentality.

He has been an ABSA L’Atelier finalist three times, Association of Visual Arts, Cape Town, 2007 Portrait Finalist and has been a finalist in the NMM Art Museums 2008 and 2014 Biennials. Some of his work forms part of the NMM Art Museum’s permanent collection.

The Giraffe, 18x18cm, R500
Bird From Paradise, 47x22cm, R2000
Bird In A Cage, 120x90cm, Sold
Counting Years First Five Then Ten, 18x18cm, R500
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10 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018

Artists, Lushan Turner, Nonnie Roodt and Riaan Opperman share their experience of the Red Forest and invite you to share the journey and explore the theme of loss, dispossession, memory and absence.

“Everything leaves a mark. Every blow echoes in the forest inside. Every injustice cuts a branch...and every loss is a fallen tree. The beautiful courage of us, the hope that defines our kind, is that we go on, no matter how much life wounds us. We walk. We face the sea and the wind and the salted truth of death, and we go on” – Gregory David Roberts, The Mountain Shadow

I grew up in a forest. It's like a room. It's protected. Like a cathedral... it is a place between heaven and earth. Anselm Kiefer

Nonny Roodt, Spring  (1)
Nonny Roodt , Autumn, Mixed Media   (1)
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Solly Smook - OJO

27 Jun 2018 - 21 Jul 2018

Solly Smook unveils with his solo show “OJO”, 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.
Solly unveils with this solo show “OJO” , a process of creation that is exposed with raw, earthy canvas and acrylics, building towards his emotional images with oils and palette knife.

21   Máscara De Luz   50cm X 60cm
15   Arcilla   50cm X 60cm
1   Perla   70cm X 95cm
24   Pelgrims Gebed   100cm X 120cm
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Sanlam Portrait Award Top 40

09 May 2018 - 29 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

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…….


Ci 02 Norman Catherine
Ci 30 Theresa Hardman
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J Rankin Dog On A Voyage
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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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