Investec Art Fair 2020: Construct

Investec Art Fair 2020: Construct

This is our fourth and last of our blogs from the Investec Art Fair 2020. In this particular piece I will be focusing on one unique artist that blew me away with story-line, detail, texture, and just pure, unadulterated grit, that had me begging for more. Unfortunately there were only 2 pieces from this artist on display.

The artist in question is Thonton Kabeya and his 2 works were namely ‘Inner City Blues 1 and 2’.

He was born in the DRC and now currently lives and creates in Johannesburg. His large works (140 x 121cms) are eye-catching and tactile. He constructs, paints, cuts and glues his 3-D creations together using sculpting canvas, board, newspapers, and other bits and pieces, etc. There are so many layers – both literally and figuratively. Each artwork reveals a busy street scene: with shops and sparzas, people of all ages – in the street, on balconies and dogs … of course, there should always be dogs! πŸ™‚

Each element of his construction is carefully considered. Each is unique which gives his street scene an authentic quality – you can almost smell it.

One of my most favourite elements is the young man and his dog on the side of one of his works. I’m a stickler for completing the sides of a canvas as there are 5 visible sides to a piece of work, not one.

The juxtaposition of different textures, use of scale and beautiful use of earthy tones makes these constructs, or pieces of art, so endearing, I would almost kill to have one, and with a pricetag of R180 000 each, this may be my only option. It’s not that the artworks are not worth it. They are! The hours and fiddling to complete the intricacies are quite obvious to see. I do hope they both find very happy homes or office space. They need to be on display for many to enjoy.

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  • β€œArt finds a way to be constructive. It becomes heat in cold places; it becomes light in dark places.” β€“ Barbra Streisand

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NOTE: We would like to state that we are not professional art critics! We, love all kinds of art and we love to share our experiences, picks and preferences and make comments on them.



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