Exhibition galore with Everard Read Galleries in Franschhoek
“There is no must in art because art is free.”
- Wassily Kandinsky
The opening of Everard Read – Leeu Estates gallery showcasing monumental sculpture amongst the breath-taking fynbos (natural vegetation) and vineyards of Leeu Estates, while exhibiting important works inside a superb bespoke building, has once again highlighted why Franschhoek should be on every aesthete’s bucket list.
The gallery also hosts exhibitions quarterly that incorporate – among others – the latest creations of an artist who takes up residency at the Gallery. Previous Artists in Residence have been Blessing Ngobeni, Teresa Kutala Firmini, Nelson Makamo and Nandipha Mntambo. Setlamorago Mashilo is currently the resident artist. Setlamorago Mashilo is a trained visual artist who lives and works in Pretoria. His development as an artist was profoundly influenced by his introduction to postmodern theory and his Sepedi upbringing. Mashilo works in various media including drawing, sculpture and printmaking.
Mashilo is compelled by a sense of social conscience.
“I incorporate proverbs and idioms in my mother tongue (Sepedi) into my multidisciplinary art practice, to translate the community’s oral histories into artistic interventions and installations.”
Guests that are interested in visiting Setlamorago while he is in residency, are more than welcome to do so only by enquiring on his availability through the gallery on: +27 (0) 21 492 5980, firstname.lastname@example.org
At Sister gallery, Everard Read - Franschhoek adjacent to Le Quartier Français, one can view an array of art pieces and also enjoy a solo exhibition by Lee-Ann Heath which concludes on the 12th of September entitled: Tele-Pollination
Heath draws her inspiration from her direct surroundings and imagination.
“It has always been an obsession and challenge to find the fine balance between glazed thin applied surfaces contrasted with thick impasto application without compromise. My style of painting is an accumulation of years of experimentation. My method of achieving the desired result varies. My choice of medium is oil because I can simulate sensation. Using syringes, palette knives and brushes I create the desired effect. I also grind and mix my own paint to expand my colour palette.”
Everard Read galleries remain relevant and dynamic both in South Africa and abroad, as they stay ahead of the trends by maximising the exposure and dissemination of fine contemporary painting and sculpture to a broad audience.
Originally founded in Johannesburg in 1913, Everard Read is South Africa's oldest commercial gallery, with gallery spaces in Franschhoek, Cape Town, Johannesburg and London.