Brett Williams’s chalk pastel portraits celebrate the vulnerable, broken side of being human. These intimate pieces show us a side of the subjects that is normally hidden. The South African artist spares no details no matter how unflattering. The nudes are honestly scared and creased. His self-portrait feels tired and bruised. And that’s the beauty [...]
South African artist The Flying Dutchman has been quietly honing his visual rhetoric for almost two decades and has no particular niche, opting rather for frequent direction changes in order to combat stagnation. As something of an journalistic artist, he documents everything around him, including the development of internal narratives, stories that will eventually find their own feet and continue without him.
I wish I could make it to the first solo exhibit of South African artist Nicholas Hlobo. His found-material sculptures confront issues of race, gender, and sexuality that still confound contemporary South African culture as it does the rest of the world.