André Naudé’s lithographs from Artists’ Press studio on show
A noteworthy event on this year’s arts calender is the forthcoming exhibition of a new series of lithographs by André Naudé, produced at the Artists’ Press studio in Mpumalanga. This unique workplace near White River offers artists the opportunity to experiment under the guidance of master printmaker Mark Attwood. The studio has already played host to top artists such as Robert Hodgins, William Kentridge, Conrad Botes, Dumisani Mabaso and Colbert Mashile, to name but a few. Many of their numbered prints have found their way to important art collections right across the world.
Over the past years art collectors’ appreciation for lithograph prints have grown extensively, one of the reasons being that it allows them to acquire works of exceptional value which would otherwise remain inaccessible. Moreover, the production of a high quality lithograph requires a considerable amount of technique, talent and knowledge. It is a form of artistic expression that poses particular challenges to both the artist and the printmaker, says Charl Bezuidenhout of the Worldart Gallery in Commissioner Street, Johannesburg, where Naudé’s work will be on show from 24 May to 21 June.
Naudé has been actively involved in various areas of the arts scene over the past thirty years. Besides his participation in solo and group exhibitions in the local and international arena, he enjoys wide recognition as an adjudicator, curator and lecturer. He has been decribed as a magician when it comes to dealing with colour, form and texture, while his bold palette has been likened to the work of Henri Matisse. In addition, his application of irony and dark humour in an often absurd portrayal of cultural and social issues lends a masterly touch to his work.
At first glance his work may seem decorative, but one soon discovers that an engaging double vision on the South African reality underlies the aesthetic appeal – complemented by elements of lightheartedness and a joy of living.
Naudé’s work is deservedly represented in collections in his land of birth as well as far beyond our borders. His latest exhibition should once again make art lovers aware of his position as one of South Africa’s acclaimed artists who thrives on exploring new areas and techniques. It also offers buyers a fine opportunity to own a work of his own hand, and in this case, some of the latest products originating from the prestigious Artists’ Press studio.
Opening: 1pm on Saturday 24 May 2008. Exhibition closes 21 June 2008.
Where: 95 Commissioner Street (between Rissik and Loveday Streets)