An invite to view creatively intriguing & indigenous Khoisan Works of he(art)

Indigenous is an art exhibition hosted by Kwaaikhoi and Lukretia art gallery. This debut exhibition will take place between 16 and 20 May 2019. If you consider yourself as an art connoisseur who loves indigenous art, then this is definitely an event which has to feature in your diary.

Khoisan artists from across South Africa will be showcasing their artworks reflecting the narrative through the eyes of the Khoena people, indigenous to Southern Africa.

This exhibition will showcase a beautiful balance of seasoned and upcoming artists who will present an exiting array of content central to the modern and contemporary Khoisan narrative. A special performance will be done on opening night, featuring “KhoisanBoy.man” Gershan Lombard offering a beautiful introduction to an unforgettable indigenous experience.

Kwaaikhoi is owned by a young female entrepreneur, Lukretia Booysen, who is of KhoiSan/Khoe decent. Her main aim is to celebrate and preserve the KhoiSan/Khoe heritage and identity through Khoisan/Khoena inspired
events, promotion of Khoisan/Khoe arts, culture and art curation.

Who are the artistic souls behind the Indigenous exhibition?

Stanley Grootboom

Stanley was born in Coldstream in 1974. He matriculated in Knysna, but returned to his village, where he has been a community activist. He also owns the artistic tourist attraction, the Tsitsikamma Khoisan experience, nearby.

Stanley is also quite an academic since he has numerous professional qualifications, several diplomas achieved cum laude, as well as a diploma from Paris ABC art school and a certificate in introductory art.

He has worked as a senior cultural officer for Dacsa in the eastern province and concurrently with his active life, he is studying
towards a B. Com (law) degree. His greatest dream has always been to be a full-time practicing artist. Though he’s nainly self-taught, he has read many books on the subject with a mind as fertile as the area in which he lives.

He has been recording the people and the villages of the region on canvas, board and mixed media.

Donovan Julius

Though Donovan was born in Robertson, he lived the majority of his life in the small and unique khoisan village of Suurbraak, also known as Xairu. Suurbraak is in the Western Cape, a village which was established in 1812 when the London Missionary Society established a mission station to serve the Attaqua Khoikhoi.

Donovan started his journey with painting two years ago and his love affair with art has birthed the Zinc gallery. He is an Art teacher and has been travelling throughout South Africa, exploring and teaching art enthusiasts about his art. Donovan prefers to work mainly with acrylics in a focus on portraiture.

Donovan is a passionate, self taught artist who sees his art as a message to his Khoisan people to stand up and be proud of their ancestry and culture.

His use of colour is vibrant and bold and his subject matter is unapologetic, especially in the area of social justice.

His medium is a mix of acrylics and chalk, with a focus on portraiture – using unexpected shades for flesh tones, to allow viewers of all races to see past skin colour and acknowledge the innate beauty of a human being. Donovan’s striking portraits with symbolic icons make clear statements about his subjects, as he brings out the inner humanity of each character.

Bryne Newfeldt

With an Art N3 qualification obtained at Bethelsdorp Technical College PE during the 1990’s, Bryne William Newfeldt, (born on the 2nd November 1971), paints compositions which bring a flat application of pigments which can undoubtedly be seen as revolutionary.

He takes solace in painting art that focuses on the serenity which is to be found closer to home, especially in ordinary daily life of Khoisan cultures where people live harmoniously with nature.

Nature itself inspires the composition of his paintings, paying particular attention to the ever-changing touch of light on the artwork, the effects of the passage of time through the seasons, and the way in which the natural world of the khoisan is in a constant state of flux.

Brushwork reflects his attitude towards his environment: it is loose and brisk, evoking a sense that nature is a freely changing entity that cannot necessarily be captured in one definable moment.

A list of Bryne’s past exhibitions include:
– Solo exhibition General Motors S.A (2001).
– Grahamstown National Art Festival (2006).
– Cuyler Street Gallery 2009. Artec (2017).
– Grahamstown National Art Festival (2018).

Anthony Roach

He boasts a BA degree and a diploma in Educational Fine Art. Anthony uses life experiences and a perception of what is happening in society as his inspiration. He confronts issues by using colour and tone to define the mood in his work.

He consistantly seeks to draw images in preparation for further paintings.

His work is inviting & friendly with notions of comfort and familiarity of the kind that we feel when we are glad to have returned to our roots.

Anthony’s Exhibitions includes:
Anthenium (2012); Nelson Mandela metropolitan Art Museum (2011); Cradle of Mankind (2010 & 2014); 0ld Goal (2010); Bethelsdorp (2009); Bloukrans (2008); Framery Galery (2007); Admiralty Beach House (2006); Grahamstown National Arts Festival (2005) and NMMU in 2004.

In case you have some burning questions for our artists, be sure to catch on the specified days- they surely would love to share more stories and information about their work and life journeys with you.

The opening night is on Thursday, May 16, between 18:00 and 20:00 and you’re invited to join us for a glass of wine and the opportunity to purchase locally produced art. A mere R40 will get you in if you arrive after 8pm.

The exhibition will run from until the 21st of May and the gallery will open at 3pm for this duration.

Do not miss out on this groundbreaking artistic event- you will definitely be happy to be able to claim that you formed part in creating an ever lasting legacy for the indigenous people of South Africa.

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