ABOUT ME

Photo by Bernard Brand

Ever since I can remember, I've been drawing on everything and creating little crafts out of whatever I could find. Becoming an artist was just inevitable. 


While in High School, I was the apprentice of a South African master puppeteer, and learned the skill of puppetry. I went on to earn a BA in Visual Communication in 2014 and a BA Honours in Illustration in 2015 from The Open Window Institute in Pretoria, South Africa. I have taken part in numeorus solo and group illustration exhibitions , as well as creating corporate work, children’s books, animations and sculptures. 


Within my practice, I examine the role of the authorial illustrator, a visual storyteller creating their own visual narratives. This approach to my work somewhat originated within my puppetry background, as my works focus on characters and their situations and environments. The textured and colourful works, created either digitally or traditionally, explore and investigate these unfolding vignettes of fantastical beings in strange situations and environments occupied by ghosts, mermaids, dogs, skeletons and my love for the strange.  My works further set out to portray a sense of whimsy whilst still embodying darker metaphorical meaning to be interpreted, uncovered or created by the viewer. 

 

Accolades

2019

Nami Concours

I was shortlisted for the NAMI CONCOURS Picture Book Illustration Competition and my work was exhibited at The Magical World of Contemporary Picture Book Illustration in Seoul, Korea. 

2018

Loeries - Best Ranked Illustrators

I was ranked as #17 on the Loeries List of Best Ranked Illustrators 2018

2018

Culture Leader Arts Competition

I was runner up in the Visual section of the Culture Leader Arts Competition 2018

Feb 2018

Design Indaba Emerging Creatives

I was chosen as one of 40 of the best up-and-coming young creatives in South Africa, and exhibited at the Design Indaba Festival in Cape Town.

2016

The Loerie Awards

I was awarded with a Student Craft Certificate in 2016 for one of my Honours practical assignments - 'Bad Blood 1')

2015

BEHANCE PORTFOLIO NIGHT JHB

I was awarded with Best Design/Illustration Portfolio 2015 at the Behance Portfolio Night JHB 2015

 

Recent Exhibitions

8 Feb - 22 Feb 2020

Postponed Future | Group Show

An illustration group exhibition at No End Contemporary Art Space

23 Oct - Nov 2019

Fake Plastic Trees | Group Show

An exhibition exploring artificial nature. Each artist had to create their own sculptural interpretation of a plant in a given plant-pot.

5 - 27 Sep 2019

FANTÔME | Solo Exhibition

Solo exhibition at Alliance Française du Cap, Cape Town. Titled FANTÔME, it dealt with ghosts and the afterlife.

2 - 20 August 2019

Awesome Womxn | Group Show

An exhibition celebrating womxn, at The Association of Arts Pretoria

24 July 2019 - August 2019

BAMBOOZLED | Group show

Illustration group exhibition at NOW Gallery, Open Window Institute, Centurion

25 April 2019 - March 2019

I Know I Don't Know | Group Show

The exhibition at No End Contemporary Art Space presents a collection of illustrated speculations exploring various phenomena.

21 Oct - 20 Nov 2018

Kiss Me Quick & Go, My Honey | Group show

An illustration group exhibition curated by Piet Grobler. Also exhibiting: Linki Lutz, Dale Blankenaar, Caterine Holtzhausen, Adrie le Roux, Alida Bothma, Marike lee Roux and Maria Lebedeva.

28 March - 15 April 2018

LIMBO | Duo show

A duo exhibition with Maggie de Vos at No End Contemporary in Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

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