Shany van den Berg
Jon Eiselin
Tanya van Bruggen
François Du Plessies
Kiek Jansen
Garth Erasmus
Mxolisi Sapeta
Julia van Bohemen

 
Garth Erasmus comes from rural roots in the Eastern Cape. He studied Fine Arts at Rhodes University (1978-80) before moving to Cape Town. Erasmus is well represented in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art, Washington DC.

Erasmus is known as a “painter” who uses unorthodox materials. He traces this back to his first Thupelo Workshop in the 1980s: “there was no more paint... we had to turn to something else”. He developed this further as a means of addressing the legacy of oil paint as a “European thing” and “to demystify art”, advocating the idea “that making artwork was accessible to anybody”. Erasmus comments that “on a purely practical [level] ..there was always something that I wanted more out of paint and one of those things was for paint to have a certain three dimensional quality..so the discovery of acrylic paint was very important because it was not as precious as oils and it was much more flexible and elastic, and much more open to be corrupted
with sand and things like that, objects..”