Chefs who share – the ART of giving
Cape Town City Hall, Thursday, 5 September 2013
Original works by 10 top South African artists will go under the hammer when 14 acclaimed chefs team up with seven sommeliers and celebrity performers at Chefs who share – the ART of giving – a unique star studded gala evening in aid of youth development in the Cape Town City Hall on Thursday, 5 September.
Presented by Mercedes-Benz South Africa, ‘Chefs who share – the ART of giving’ will treat guests to an evening of glamour, culinary artistry and fine art – all for a worthy cause. The artists participating in Chefs who Share are all lauded South African based artists whose work has made a profound impact on the art scene. The proceeds of the auction of original pieces generously donated by each of the artists, will go towards two youth development charities: MAD CHARITY (Make A Difference) and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
Well known Cape Town businessman and co-founder of the Laureus World Sports Awards and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, Iain Banner, will be the auctioneer on the evening.
The artists, whose works will come under Iain’s hammer, are:
Lionel Smit, known for his large canvasses and unique sculptures. He has been exhibiting locally and internationally for nearly 10 years. Lionel has donated “Accumulation #5”, an oil on Belgian linen painting.
Anton Smith, a self taught sculptor, is fast becoming one of South Africa’s more important sculptors with works permanently on display at the Pretoria and Pietersburg Art museums and major art galleries across the country. Anton has donated “Facets II” an art piece made from Steel and GRP and mounted on a concrete base.
Louis Jansen van Vuuren is a prominent Cape Town artist and cultural worker who spends a great deal of his time in France. His work has gained recognition throughout South Africa and abroad. Louis donated “The Bridge” a 1m x1.5m oil painting framed in a solid gilt-wood.
Jean Doyle is an internationally recognised sculptor whose trademark of the fuller female-figure offers interesting social critiques. She has produced a number of world renowned sculptures that are located all over Africa. Jean has donated “La Corde Lisse” a bronze sculpture.
Heike Allerton-Davies has participated in numerous group shows, including Sex, Power and Money (2009), Fresh (2011) and 15 Years. Heike is also a regular exhibitor at the Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town. She has donated “Untitled” (2012) an ink and acrylic on canvas art piece.
Dylan Lewis is one of only a handful of living artists to have had more than one solo auction with Christie’s in London. His work features in private collections throughout the UK, continental Europe, the United States and Australia. Dylan will be donating a large serigraph sketch.
Jacqueline Crewe-Brown’s work is represented in several private and public collections in South Africa and internationally. She is an England born artist who currently resides in the Franschhoek Valley in the Western Cape. Jacqueline has donated a painting which she is producing specially for Chefs who Share.
Ryan Hewett is renowned for his evocative portraits. Barnard Gallery hosted Ryan’s first solo exhibition, entitled “Genesis” earlier this year. A promising start for this talented artist, the show was a huge success and sold out within two weeks.
Anthea Delmotte, a Namibian born artists, has explored her interest in creating backdrops for stage décor from stage props, advertising material, shop décor to painting. Since 1998 Anthea has focused predominantly on her painting, an art form in which she finds her biggest challenges, and where she feels she belongs. Anthea has donated “Pilletjie swaai 2”, a series of 12 paintings, each 30 x 30cm in size, depicting a municipal worker busy preparing himself a rolled cigarette.
Russell Travers is a South African born artist who has worked extensively as art director for various advertising agencies in Sweden. In 1998 upon his return to Cape Town Russell opened a daylight studio in Cape Town, using it as a base for his expanding repertoire of large format oil paintings. Since then his work output has increased steadily and he has sold extensively to art buyers through various galleries, including the Hout Bay Gallery. Russell has donated “Picasso” an 1.40M x1.80M oil on canvas art piece.
‘Chefs who share’ is destined to become one of the most prestigious events on the Cape Town social calendar. The event enables guests to get up close and personal with South Africa’s finest chefs, sommeliers and artists whilst supporting a worthy cause.
“We are delighted to be in a position to host this inaugural ‘Chefs who share’ event in Cape Town. Together with our partners we hope to take this concept even further with similar events overseas in support of our chosen South African charities,” says event organiser Barbara Lenhard who has worked tirelessly to make her dream of creating this unforgettable evening of sharing a reality.
With a complete sell-out of tickets for the event, the organisers have opened up the art auction for outside bidders via online or telephonic bidding. To get the required pre-registration form please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tel: 021-433 1699.
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Artists who have donated works to be auctioned in aid of charity at Chefs who Share – the ART of giving
Born in Pretoria (South-Africa) in 1982, Lionel Smit lives and works in Cape Town and is known for his large canvasses and unique sculptures. He has been exhibiting locally and internationally for nearly 10 years and is following in his father, Anton Smit’s, footstep with a substantial international following with collectors ranging from European Investment Bank, Laurence Graff of Delaire Wine Estate to Rand Merchant Bank.
He was recently honoured with a Ministerial Award from the Department of Culture for Visual Art. Smit’s popularity is indeed growing on a global scale, with a highlight being the use of one of his images for the cover of a Christie’s auction catalogue in London.
Lionel has donated “Accumulation #5” a 1.2x1.2m, oil on Belgian linen, painting and valued at R52 000 for the Chefs who Share auction.
Lionel Smit’s works often focus on the Cape Malay woman as subject, reflecting the artist’s perspective of identity in modern day times.
Completely self taught, the sculptor was awarded the first prize in the South African Association of Arts' New Signatures Competition in 1979.
Following successful exhibitions in Nelspruit, White River, Cape Town and Pretoria, Anton turned to sculpting full-time to cope with the demand for his work by galleries and private collectors alike. With works permanently on display at the Pretoria and Pietersburg Art museums and major art galleries across the country, the artist is fast becoming one of South Africa's more important sculptors.
Anton forms his own language through sculpture, the manifestation of his passion for expression and his profound faith. Anton has donated “Facets II” a 920/550/200cm size art piece made from Steel and GRP and mounted on a 1,000x500x300cm concrete base. “Facets II” is valued at R42 000.
Anton describes the piece as follows: “My inspiration is driven from within the interconnectedness of our being – the flawed cohesiveness and closeness of man to himself, the power of love and hope – the awareness…”No man is an island”.
We twist and turn in our vain effort to break free only to be deeply woven into the fabric of man’s epic journey, achieving the moment of transition when the form is ready to flow into other forms.”
Prominent Cape Town artist and cultural worker, Louis Jansen van Vuuren is both an artist and a designer whose work has gained him recognition throughout South Africa and abroad.
In addition to producing his very distinctive oils and pastels on paper, he has been actively involved In art education for several decades. He was awarded the Maggie Laubser Scholarship by the University of Stellenbosch, as well as the Cape Tercentenary Foundation Scholarship, in 1975.
He holds a BA Creative Arts Degree from the University of Stellenbosch and a BA Honors, History of Art, Cum Laude also from the University of Stellenbosch.
Louis donated “The Bridge” a 1m x1.5m oil painting framed in a solid gilt- wood and valued at R175 000.
The oil painting was created to commemorate life, the joining of opposites and the sharing of well being.
The bridge (Paris) spans the river Seine and joins the left to the right bank. It interconnects the festive interior (where there are shared glasses of wine, a shoe, a violin and an atmosphere of joy and celebration) with the starry exterior where you find a couple under the romantic glow of a street lamp.
Jean Doyle has been producing bronze monumental works since 1980. She is an internationally recognised South African sculptor whose trademark of the fuller female-figure offers interesting social critiques.
She has produced a number of world renowned sculptures that are located all over Africa. These include monumental works such as Nelson Mandela’s “Long walk to Freedom” monument situated at the Groot Drakenstein Prison in Paarl and has become one of the most photographed statues in Africa. This monument was unveiled in August 2008 by Nelson Mandela himself.
Jean has won international commissions which include the famous Just Nuisance in Simons Town, two diamond miners for Diamonds South Africa (Pty) Ltd; and Kifangondo, Angola’s National Monument which depicts National Freedom, one of the largest projects undertaken by Jean. Kifangondo is said to be one of the largest artworks on the African continent.
Jean has donated “La Corde Lisse” a bronze sculpture, 112cm in height and valued at R50,000+ The series “The Ultimate act” which “La Corde Lisse” falls part of is inspired by the women who perform aerial dances high up in the circus arenas.
These athletes, who flawlessly challenge the laws of physics, have given Jean the freedom to explore their grace, skill and the gift of perfect balance. The stimulus of this series was created by the rope dancers of Madame Zingara’s magical mobile circus and the Olympian high-wire acts of the great Moscow Circus.
“La Corde Lisse”, one of the first sculptures in this series, required an entirely new approach to sculpting as it had to convey the quality of orbiting weightlessness and so became both an engineering and sculptural project. Placing her on a glass base has enhanced the concept of floating or having escaped gravity and has given her space to fly.
Heike Allerton-Davies has established a name for herself within the South African art industry.
The artist holds a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the University of Cape Town and completed her Honors in painting.
She also studied art and graphic design at the East London Technikon. She has participated in numerous group shows, including Sex, Power and Money (2009), Fresh (2011) and 15 Years. Heike has also had a number of solo-exhibitions: Good Night at the Barnard Gallery, Cape Town in 2012 and Damaged at the Association of Visual Arts in 2004 and is also a regular exhibitor at the Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town.
Heike has donated “Untitled” (2012) a 2 x 1.2m ink and acrylic on canvas art piece valued at R30 000 - R 38 000
Heike describes the piece as follows: “This painting is part of a body of work which explores the contradictory perceptions of women as objects of desire, abuse, veneration and fear.
The work talks about female sexuality, as one of the most powerful forces, yet it is this very thing that renders women completely vulnerable.”
Dylan Lewis is a South African artist whose work features in private collections throughout the UK, continental Europe, the United States and Australia. Dylan is seen as one of the foremost figures in contemporary sculpture and is one of only a handful of living artists to have had more than one solo auction with Christie’s in London.
Dylan’s primary inspiration is wilderness. His bronze sculptures celebrate the power and movement of Africa’s life forms whilst the textures he creates speak of the continent’s primeval, rugged landscapes and their ancient rhythms. In the last few years Dylan has moved onto figurative works, achieving the same success as with his much-loved cats.
Dylan will be donating a large serigraph sketch.
The Malay Girl
Jacqueline Crewe-Brown was born in England and raised and educated in Uganda and Kenya.
Jacqueline graduated from Michaelis School of Art at the University of Cape Town and moved
to London during the 70’s for part time studies in lithography and painting in the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design at the London Metropolitan University.
Upon her return to South Africa, Jacqueline settled in Johannesburg and started painting full time in the 90’s.
Her work is represented in several private and public collections in South Africa and internationally. She currently resides in the Franschhoek Valley in the Western Cape.
Jacqueline will be donating a painting which she is producing specially for Chefs who Share.
La Corde lisse
Renowned for his evocative portraits, Ryan’s art is an exploration both of portraiture and his passion for painting with oils.
In the twelve years that he has practiced as a full-time artist, Hewett's technique has evolved
from the tightly wrought pencil drawings of his early oeuvre into the looser, layered surfaces of his more recent work.
This is due to his accomplished handling of oils which he applies to the canvas with quick, almost brutal splashes of the palette knife. Through blending, building, edging, detailing and scraping off layers, Hewett’s imagery is textured and richly hued, conveying both complexity and raw emotion.
Barnard Gallery hosted Ryan’s first solo exhibition, entitled “Genesis” earlier this year. A promising start for this talented artist, the show was a huge success and sold out within 2 weeks.
Anthea Delmotte is a Namibian born artist who has moved to Potchefstroom at the age of 15. It was here that Anthea was first exposed to formal art at school.
At the age of 17 Anthea was approached by a group of designers to participate in a fashion show, which was featured on South African television. Anthea’s unusual designs included black wedding dresses.
She spent the next five years designing and making clothes. Anthea also explored her interest in creating backdrops for stage décor from stage props, advertising material, shop décor to painting.
Anthea exchanged Potchefstroom for the Western Cape in 1993 where she continued painting and became involved with sign writing, murals and interior decorating.
From 1998 onwards, Anthea has focused predominantly on her painting, an art form in which she finds her biggest challenges, and where she feels she belongs.
Her inspirations change constantly and she sees herself as an eternal student in the art of painting. She currently lives on a farm on Piketberg Mountain (Piket-bo-berg) where she paints as much as possible.
Anthea has donated Pilletjie swaai 2, a series of 12 paintings, each 30 x 30cm in size, depicting a municipal worker busy preparing himself a rolled cigarette.
It is valued at R50 000
Pilletjie swaai is an Afrikaans term (local slang) for hand making a cigarette. Directly translated it is "to swing a pill". There is a certain tang about Cape slang that puts a smile on one’s face. In this series Anthea pays tribute to an ordinary man and his culture.
Russell Travers was born in Cape Town in 1960. In 1981 he travelled to Sweden where he worked as an art director for various advertising agencies.
Russell went on to work for Svenskt Film as presenter for a television program, travelling throughout Scandinavia interviewing pop and rock personas and generally reviewing the pop culture scene.
In 1998 Russell opened a daylight studio in Cape Town, using it as a base for his expanding repertoire of large format oil paintings. Since then his work output has increased steadily and he has sold extensively to art buyers through various galleries, including the Hout Bay Gallery.
Russell has donated Picasso an 140 x 180cm oil on canvas art piece valued at R25 000