Kirsten Beets was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1983. She works predominantly with oil paint on paper. Her main subjects and themes are how people interact with nature in a recreational way, usually observing things from a high vantage point and neatly rendering them in minute detail. Observations of people, places and objects (and sometimes the imaginative thoughts that were produced by them) thus recorded, transfer a fleeting moment into a physical object; elevating their significance and making them touchstones of memory.
A Labor of Love – Falko One extends beauty, joy and pride into these small South African villages with majestic elephants blending flawlessly into natural landscapes.
Once Upon a Town is a project conceptualized by Falko One in 2010 and first executed in Darling, South Africa in 2011. One says the idea of the project is to identify villages and homes that can benefit from tourists being attracted to these murals.
The environmental street art found in Cape Town and surrounding villages, conceptualizes graffiti (specifically elephants) as an extension of its infrastructure. A positive force of light and love that gives its citizens bragging rights while also honoring their existence and ancestral homeland. Staying true to his name, Falko One’s work captures the Oneness of humanity, bridging the gap of economical oppression with an influx of art and purpose to invigorate economic growth with the agricultural communities that are the “backbone” of the country.
One is currently painting in South Africa and his mission isn’t done yet. Follow his journey on Instagram.
You have to like what Cape Town’s Pieter Hugo has done with his photography. He takes people in their African towns and cities, and captures the unique and sometimes quite independent spirit of these people, as in the series of hyena pets, boy scouts, and his NOLLYWOOD series. You’ve seen this work:
Earlier this year, Kehinde Wiley showcased four new pieces in Berlin to coincide with the World Cup, with portraits of 3 soccer greats Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon, John Mensah of Ghana, and Emmanuel Eboué of Ivory Coast. “Wiley painted three individual portraits of each player wearing the Africa Unity Kit, and then a fourth ‘Unity’ Portrait was painted with all three players together, symbolizing the united countries of Africa.” So now, teamed up Puma, Wiley has had the work traveling around the world, but finally the 4 pieces have found there way to Studio One in Cape Town for a Kehinde exhibition, again, all in conjunction and timed for this big thing called the World Cup that is going on in South Africa.