RMB Turbine Art Fair
Jul
12
to Jul 14

RMB Turbine Art Fair

In its 7th edition RMB Turbine Art Fair (RMB TAF) is on the move to a new and bigger venue. Proudly partnered for a second year with RMB and powered by the forum company, 2019 will see the most substantial Fair yet in a new location – 10 Fricker Rd, Illovo.  Galleries representing established and emerging artists, art organisations, collectives, and original projects will present their efforts side by side from 12 – 14 July with a preview evening on 11 July.

“South Africans have really embraced this fair since the beginning and we are delighted to be moving to a bigger venue in 2019. Visitors will be able to view exciting installations, larger gallery spaces and a more conceptually curated fair but in the relaxed environment that has always been the signature of Turbine Art Fair” says Fair Founder, Glynis Hyslop.

RMB TAF is a unique South African art fair that brings together exhibitors from around the country to present and sell works. The fair is the epicentre of emerging art in Africa, championing established and new talent in an accessible and inclusive environment.

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'Not a Portrait'.  Group Exhibition
Jun
11
to Jun 17

'Not a Portrait'. Group Exhibition

The ‘Not a Portrait’ group exhibition has become synonymous with the biennial Sanlam Portrait Award. The Top 40 finalists of the previous year are invited to showcase their skill in the creation of work in any medium and of any subject matter – with the exception being portraiture.

Participating artists include: Janine Anderson, Ilandi Barkhuizen, Corlie de Kock, Chris Denovan, Leandri Erlank, Gail Glover, Tinus Horn, Craig Ivor, Alexander Knox, Dane Stops, Juria Le Roux, Candice Helen Louw, Percy Barnard Maimela, Themba Mkhangeli, Ashley Ogilvy, Leanne Olivier, Jennifer Ord, Willem Pretorius, Elize Bezuidenhout, Veronica Reid, Willie Schlechter, André Serfontein, Gillian Taylor, Liza Kirby, Ydi Coetsee and Jody Waterson.

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Solo Exhibition: BIG WEIRDO
Mar
27
to Apr 26

Solo Exhibition: BIG WEIRDO

Seemingly calling of a staged chaos, elements detonate outward from its centre, until reaching an a point of suspension. At the apex, the fragments hover. 

Revealing a fascination with comic books and the anti-hero, Chris Denovan’s sixth solo show, self-reflexively titled, Big Weirdo, exhibits a space in which the excessive and the impossible are held together through montage and paint. Iterating processes of transfiguration and translation, Denovan’s sitters and internet subjects become, perhaps, not quite themselves; a persona, each performing within a larger, non-prescriptive narrative. Violent gestures shift to the carnivalesque and comic. A painting which begins as a depiction of a man with an elaborate whip resembles and eventually becomes, “The Whipping Tree” (an interesting journey for a still-life).  

Oscillating between themes of sexuality, identity and belonging, Denovan employs colour and gesture to subliminally subvert recognisable symbols of heteronormative masculinity and authority. Possibly these mercurial, shape-shifting characters are extensions of the artist himself; portraits like mirrors held back to the one who looks out. 

Peekaboo, 2019, Oil on Canvas, 140cm x 140cm

Peekaboo, 2019, Oil on Canvas, 140cm x 140cm

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Bespoke Art Auction
Mar
16
12:00 PM12:00

Bespoke Art Auction

I am delighted to be part of this years, Bespoke Art Auction, supporting Little Angels Home & Senecio.

Split Parts, 2018, Oil on canvas, 97cm x 105cm

Split Parts, 2018, Oil on canvas, 97cm x 105cm

Our second annual Bespoke Art Auction will be taking place on the 16th of March 2019, at the iconic Idiom Wines with endless views of majestic granite mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. Tickets are available at R950 per head, which includes a contemporary food & wine pairing from Idiom’s signature collection.

Limited lots of investment art lots will be auctioned off by the reputable Aspire Art Auctioneers. Each and every artist contributed a piece from their collection to raise funds for children with disabilities. The 2019 artists line-up includes:

- Anton Smit
- Chris Denovan
- Gerhard Snyman
- Gerhard Van Niekerk
- Jaco Kruger
- Janko De Beer
- Loyiso Mkize
- Norman O’Flynn
- Samuel Allerton
- Stanislaw Trzebinski
- Vincent De Beer


The Bespoke Art Auction is part of a collaborative community initiative titled “Standing Together for Those Who Can’t” created by Little Angels and Senecio in support of mutual funding programs designed to maximise reach to children in need. All the funds raised at the Bespoke Art Auction will be evenly distributed between Little Angels & Senecio.

More about the causes:

Little Angels provides a home for 14 children that require special care and nurturing as a result of their mental and/or physical disabilities. Little Angels aim to provide a safe haven for these children and ensure that they receive the correct and proper medication and treatment, special care that their parents often cannot afford to provide.
www.littleangelshome.co.za

Senecio supports children with physical disabilities in underprivileged communities in the Western Cape and empower their families and caregivers. By providing therapeutic intervention (done by Physio -, Occupational - and Speech therapists) and training of carers at Special Care Centres. They establish temporary outreach clinics and conduct home visits for children who do not have access to Care Centres and offer Hambisela training for facilitators, parents, caregivers and individuals with Cerebral Palsy.
www.senecio.org.za
— https://www.facebook.com/events/bespoke-art-auction-2019/651615011902708/
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Group Exhibition: Voyage
Sep
1
to Sep 26

Group Exhibition: Voyage

"A group exhibition of latest works by 14 artists all centered around the theme voyage. 

The goal of a journey is not the completion of such but the full engagement with the path along the way. Mentally and spiritually ...

Participating artists,
Vanessa Berlein, Chris Denovan, Leila Fanner, Helena Jordan, Marlena Horak, Joshua Miles, Lara Mellon, Lerato Motau, Tendai Nhavira, Solomon Omolayo, Richard Scott, Frans Smit, Duncan Stewart."

For more information click here.

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Group exhibition: Untitled 5.99
Dec
7
to Jan 20

Group exhibition: Untitled 5.99

99 Loop's annual summer season group exhibition. I will be exhibiting alongside Adriaan Diedericks, Isabella Kuijers, Lizza Littlewort, Richard Mason, Nicole McComb, Clare Menck, Thandiwe Msebenzi, Alex Msibi, Faatimah Mohamed-Luke, Gabriela Orzechowski, Leanne Shakenovsky, Adele van Heerden, Nathan Vuuren, Geena Wilkinson and more.

For more info follow this link.

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Sanlam Portrait Award: Top 40
Aug
25
6:00 PM18:00

Sanlam Portrait Award: Top 40

I am happy to announce that one of my works has made the Top 40 of the Sanlam Portrait Award 2017. The Top 40 selected art works will be shown in an exhibition at Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, which opens to the public on August the 25th at 7PM. I urge you all to go see this highly anticipated show.

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Breaking the Mould
Aug
23
to Sep 21

Breaking the Mould

Chris Denovan's 3rd solo show will be opening on Tuesday the 23rd of August 7pm at the Rust en Vrede gallery. The show will run for 4 weeks, closing on the 21st of September. 

In this show Denovan attempts to capture the human form and explore the persona and individuality of each sitter. The show is about documenting creative people who occupy unusual spaces in society – people who break the mould.

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Material(i)sation - a Group Exhibition
Jan
16
to Feb 8

Material(i)sation - a Group Exhibition

Material(i)sation is the step between formalisation (to give something a define shape or to formalise thoughts) and evaluation (to determine a subjects, merit, worth or significance) of an idea.

Material(i)sation is therefore a concept which leads to the creation or appearance of matter from an unknown source. It is the process of creating an embodiment of an idea which can serve as a prototype for the future. Materialisation is thus the process of ‘coming into being’ or ‘becoming reality’.

The exhibition Material(i)sation thus provides a platform to expose artists conceptual thought patterns regarding new subject matter or an evolving technique or medium that they are investigating in their on-going body of work.

This exhibition serves the purpose of introducing and engaging the public, art collectors of Southern Africa and from abroad, with the new directions or theme that the artists are currently exploring and experimenting with, through their art at the present moment.

Participating Artists: Frans Smit; Joshua Miles; Judy Bumstead; Greta McMohan; Marna Hattingh; Dave Robertson; Niël Jonker; Vanessa Berlein; Chris Denovan; Mark Hilltout; Chris Diedericks; Annelie Venter; Miranda Combrinck; Annelie van der Vyver; Cedric Vanderlinden; Kelly John Gough;  Hubert Barichievy; Jan Schutte; Judy Woodborne; Michele Davidson; Madelein Marincowitz; Susan Grundlingh; Johannes du Plessis; Skye Burns; Corlie de Kock; Jenny Ord; Diane McLean; Theo Paul Vorster; Adriaan Diedericks and Rudolf Rosochacki

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