An epic week for South African artists in London

Here’s a snap selection of shows featuring top Southern African artists opening or closing over the coming week. Don’t blink or you’ll miss them.

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Dual offering at Everard Read in Fulham

Caryn Scrimgeour  | A Word is Not a Sparrow 

Friday 15 November – 21 December 2019

South African artist Caryn Scrimgeour’s table settings intrigue and fascinate by juxtaposing fragile and precious curios with commonplace objects, each exquisitely rendered.  

Rich in symbolism, Scrimgeour’s work is reminiscent of still life paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. And like the Dutch Masters, she uses ephemeral objects – butterflies, blossoms and fruit – to remind us of our fleeting existence.

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Penelope Stutterheime   | Mapping the Interior 

Friday 15 November – 21 December 2019

Mapping the Interior captures the essence of South African artist Penelope Stutterheime’s long-standing preoccupation with depicting inner landscapes. Drawing inspiration from dreams and the unconscious, her layered and textured paintings are a dance between colour and shape and she uses impasto and intensely-vibrant hues to create her signature abstract works.

What: Dual artist show at Everard Read 

Where: 80 Fulham Road, London SW3 6HR


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Three SA Artists in ‘Speculative Fiction’ Group Show

Wednesday 13 November – Friday 15 November, 2019

Speculative Fiction :- ‘A genre of fiction that encompasses works in which the setting is other than the real world: parallel dimensions, dystopian visions, alternate universes.’

As a response to the profligacies of the real world, Peter Mammes, Gordon Glyn-Jones and Jenny Timmer, three London based Southern African artists, come together with three others to reveal their own unique alternate worlds… each shot through with something peculiar, surreal, sexy, anarchic, twisted or subversive. All share a passion for highly-skilled drawing.

Artists: Peter Mammes, Delphine Lebourgeois, Georgia Kitty Harris, Gordon Glyn-Jones, Jenny Timmer, Michael Henley. 

What: Private View: Thursday 14 November 6:00-10:30pm

Where: Candid Arts, 3 Torrens St, London EC1V 1NQ


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Roger Ballen joins ‘Modern Panic’ an exhibition of surreal, controversial and provocative art

Friday 8th – Sunday 17th November 

For the past decade this annual exhibition has given a voice to artists whose work does not fit the traditional gallery mould. South Africa’s adopted son (And Die Andtwoord touchstone) Roger Ballen fits this mould. The show’s ethos embodies how art should elicit a response, cause a reaction and be transformative, by challenging audiences with disruptive energy, featuring over 70 artists exploring the human psyche through pop surrealism, dark art, magic realism, for these most uncertain of times. Expect to find works by: H.R. Giger, Ralph Steadman, William Burroughs, Hans Bellmer and many more.

What: Modern Panic X

Where: Truman Brewery, F Block S4 (2nd Floor), Ely’s Yard, 15 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR


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Emily Kirby | Roaming

When: Tuesday 5 November – Sunday 10 November, 2019

An intimate solo exhibition of paintings, exploring nature and feminism, by Zambian born figurative artist Emily Kirby is coming to Shoreditch. A new collection of figurative paintings will be going on show at 145 Bethnal Green Road in a pop up solo exhibition. Following an exhibition at the prestigious 37d Gallery in Lusaka this August, Emily returns to London with a new series ‘Roaming’, bringing together all new figurative works on paper, board and canvas.   

“Inspired by the raw emotion and movement of animal wildlife, Emily Kirby’s figurative work is a deep dive investigation of colour and form. Her boldly fragmented and colour-blocked works are influenced by her roots and ongoing trips to Africa.”  – Saatchi Art 2019.

What: Solo show by Emily Kirby

Where: 145 Bethnal Green Road Gallery Space, E2 7DG


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