SA artist Nic Fredman to showcase 18 years of work in Cape Town

Asia's Tech News Daily

© Provided by The South African IMG_2596

South African-born Nic Fredman is set to present two decades of oil paintings and mixed media pieces in a show entitled “Nic Fredman: A Retrospective”this November. Works on show include small panoramic landscapes produced over the last three years and earlier pieces dating back to 2003 when Nic returned to Cape Town after living in London for 28 years.

Introducing: Nic Fredman: A Retrospective

© Provided by The South African nic

This multiple award-winning artist has exhibited widely in the UK, Amsterdam and South Africa. Notably, he was a South Bank Show prizewinner, and a recipient of the Ernest Cassel Prize, the Boise Travel Scholarship to New York, and the Granada Prize for Young Painters, among other accolades.

© Provided by The South African Nic Fredman. Image: Supplied

For this retrospective, Nic has mounted nearly two decades of work, revealing a more recent interest in landscape. The majority of paintings on show are comprised of small panoramic landscapes produced over the last three years, many of them through the national lockdowns. The other work on show dates from the time when Nic set up studio at The Old Breweries in Woodstock in 2003, on his return to Cape Town. The work on exhibition is divided into four themes: The Dark Rooms, Woodstock Anthills, Artefacts and Reconstructions, and Small Landscapes.

The Dark Rooms

“The Dark Rooms comprises a body of work that I initiated when I was working in my London studio and drew inspiration from those artists inspired by the WunderKamer and Cabinet of Curiosities,” Nic said. “I would spend hours in the wonderful museums of London, the Victoria and Albert Museum, National History Museum, and especially, the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, with its marvellous collection of Victorian dolls houses. These paintings are of imagined, invented rooms or dolls house rooms. They tend to have a darkness to them where shadow rather than light predominates.”

© Provided by The South African

Woodstock Anthills

His next themed body of work titled Woodstock Anthills consists of paintings on prepared paper using images of Woodstock, with fragments of the landscape, textures and overlays. These paintings were started in Nic’s Woodstock studio and draw on the surrounding landscape and fragments current in his imagination at the time.

“I had a great studio, once used by Cecil Skotnes, in an annexe of the Old Breweries Complex. Working in the gothic Old Breweries building had its own inspiration, but I would garner images on my daily walks around the neighbourhood. I was particularly drawn to small details from facades, shop windows and street corners,” he explains.

© Provided by The South African Image: Supplied

Artefacts and Reconstructions

Artefacts and Reconstructions is a series of paintings and constructions using found objects, paint, and collage. Nic is showing several mixed media works on paper as well as work constructed on wood using found objects. In 2011, he exhibited some of these constructions at the Design Indaba.

“Whereas those were three-dimensional, sculptural and some real cabinets, these paintings are largely collaged matrixes. Some resemble diagrams; others recall the printer’s tray grid, where disparate objects and images have been forced to coexist.”

Small Landscapes

The prime part of the retrospective is a collection of 40 intimate landscapes, humbly titled Small Landscapes. These small works are all oil paintings either on prepared paper or gesso board.

“The landscapes mark a return to a fundamental bearing within myself. Not just with the subject but also with traditional technique. Whereas the earlier work had been about invention and manipulation of colour, form and material, painting the landscapes was a direct response to the need to simplify the process. To get back to basics. I had seen a small Pieter Bruegel landscape in a museum and was knocked out how such a small painting could carry such a sense of largeness,” the artist states.

“Many of these were started when I had to spend months in London while my daughter was having treatment for her Lymphoma – small work was easier to carry back and forth and easier to make while sitting at the dining room table. I carried on the practice during the first Covid lockdown when my dining table became my studio. Drawing into a smaller space was also about yearning for the unbounded horizon. The smaller size encourages intimacy and making them is also about drawing inwards to reflect an infinite place and the idea of hope in a small artwork.”

Exhibition details

Inviting just such introspection in its viewers, “Nic Fredman: A Retrospective” is on show at the Spin Street Gallery in Cape Town from 30 October to 30 November 2021. For more information, please visit nicfredman.com.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Genesis GV80 Coupe And GV90 Might've Been Teased In Official Video

© Motor1.com Genesis GV80 Coupe and GV90 (not confirmed) Sneaky! For a company that has only been around for only six years, Genesis sure has made a name for itself ... Read more »

Travel news latest: Fury grows within travel industry after U-turn on pre-departure tests

Pre-departure testing will return from tomorrow – Bloomberg Travel industry bosses have blasted the Government’s reintroduction of pre-departure tests for fully vaccinated travellers returning to the UK. The measure, which ... Read more »

Should young children be given the Covid jab in light of new Omicron variant?

© Provided by 702 – Last week Chris Baragwanath hospital ICU head said more children under 5 were being admitted with Covid-19 than before – Since October young children from ... Read more »

Hanukkah recipes for this year's celebration

© Provided by Independent Online (IOL) Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, started on November 28, and if you have not settled on how you are celebrating (or what you are ... Read more »

MTN: Workers not exempted from mandatory vaccine policy may lose their jobs

© defenceweb.co.za MTN’s offices in Johannesburg. CAPE TOWN – Mobile telecommunications company MTN has become the latest big corporate to announce a planned vaccine mandate policy for all staff. In ... Read more »

Concept oublié - Volkswagen Golf A59 (1992)

VW Golf A59 VW Golf A59 VW Golf A59 VW Golf A59 VW Golf A59 VW Golf A59 VW Golf A59 VW Golf A59 VW Golf A59 VW Golf A59 ... Read more »

How to green up the festive season - but not sacrifice the fun!

© Provided by News Letter Going green © Provided by News Letter Green campaigner and consumer expert, Angela Terry, separates climate change facts from fiction and explains how you can ... Read more »

A detailed recollection of the first ever PL Manchester derby

© PA Images Manchester United striker Mark Hughes, 1992 Manchester United and Manchester City had to wait until December of the 1992-93 campaign for their first meeting of the Premier ... Read more »

Quins rue missed opportunities as Tigers march on

© PA Images Leicester Tigers v Harlequins – Gallagher Premiership – Mattioli Woods Welford Road Stadium Harlequins head coach Tabai Matson lamented his side’s inability to take their chances as ... Read more »

After Max's penalty, ‘it was not worth fighting anymore'

© PA Images Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen fighting. Saudi Arabia December 2021 Penalised in Saudi Arabia for what in Brazil went unpunished, Max Verstappen says he gave up on ... Read more »

Racers defy weather to decide championships at Dezzi Raceway

© Provided by Independent Online (IOL) By: Colin Windell Port Shepstone – Atrocious weather conditions at Dezzi Raceway, Oslo Beach on the final day of racing for 2021 did little ... Read more »

Omicron: People being hospitalised with less severe symptoms than before -expert

© Provided by CapeTalk – The new variant trajectory is being observed against a backdrop of a large proportion of South Africans having been previously infected – There are currently ... Read more »

Day 9 of 27: Plenty of chances to WIN R300 daily in our Advent QUIZ!

© Provided by The South African It’s beginning to feel like Christmas! It’s time to celebrate and The South African is giving its loyal readers 300 reasons to smile this ... Read more »

Suu Kyi Jailed for 4 Years in 1st Post-Coup Trial, AFP Says

© Getty Images via Bloomberg Suu Kyi Jailed for Four Years in First Post-Coup Trial, AFP Says (Bloomberg) — A court in military-controlled Myanmar on Monday found Aung San Suu ... Read more »

Cronje's resignation a major setback in fight against corruption

© Provided by Cape Times THE resignation of Investigating Directorate (ID) head Hermione Cronje is a “major setback” for the anti-corruption work of the National Prosecuting Authority and brings to ... Read more »

Horner: Saudi Arabian GP race control calls shows F1 'misses Charlie Whiting'

© Andy Hone / Motorsport Images Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, and Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, make contact as they battle for the lead Horner was left frustrated at ... Read more »

Sharks have newfound scrumming prowess

© Provided by Independent Online (IOL) Durban – Easily the stand-out feature of the Sharks’ comprehensive United Rugby Championship victory over the Bulls on Friday was the radical transformation in ... Read more »

Lewis Hamilton calls Max Verstappen 'f------ crazy' after pair crash in chaotic race

© REUTERS Lewis Hamilton furious at ‘crazy’ Max Verstappen as bitter feud reignites – REUTERS Lewis Hamilton described title rival Max Verstappen as “f—— crazy” on Sunday night as their ... Read more »

EFF leader Malema and Ndlozi's assault case to resume this morning

© Provided by Mercury Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema and MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi are expected to return to the Randburg Magistrate’s Court in Johannesburg for their assault case on ... Read more »

Opposition coalitions stifled by power plays

© Provided by SowetanLive Protracted talks over the formation of mayoral committees are set to enter a third week as opposition parties fail to conclude agreements with the DA. ACDP ... Read more »

Ramaphosa to meet NCCC to have vaccine mandates matter concluded quickly

© Twitter/PresidencyZA FILE: President Cyril Ramaphosa held the first virtual meeting with the national command council on COVID-19 to assess progress and challenges on the implementation of the nationwide lockdown. ... Read more »

Skiing, snowboarding, dog-sledding: have a snowy adventure without leaving the UK

Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian From Scotland to London, here’s how to get your winter holiday fix without the hassle of going abroad Downhill Skiing and snowboarding, Scotland and northern England ... Read more »

‘I cried every day at work – now I am here!' Spring Awakening's fresh cast step on stage

Photograph: Antonio Olmos/The Observer Frank Wedekind’s banned 19th-century classic, now a youth rock musical, is back on stage – with a young cast who came of age in the pandemic ... Read more »

Lewis Hamilton calls Max Verstappen 'f------ crazy' after pair almost crash in chaotic race

© REUTERS Lewis Hamilton furious at ‘crazy’ Max Verstappen as bitter feud reignites – REUTERS Lewis Hamilton described title rival Max Verstappen as “f—— crazy” on Sunday night as their ... Read more »

SA teacher who is deputy principal in Chinese school says SA education system still the cream of the crop

© Provided by Times Live Ndumiso Mpanza, 28, not only holds the high leadership position at the Interlingua School in Guizhou province, but is also a shareholder in the school. ... Read more »

'The journey of parenting is not easy' - Zola Mhlongo opens up about postpartum depression

© Provided by Times Live Zola has been sharing her maternity journey as a first time parent with her followers, and took to Instagram stories on Thursday to reveal that ... Read more »

Marumo Gallants' fairytale run in Caf Confederation Cup comes to an end

© Provided by SowetanLive Gallants had punched well above their weight to get this far in the continental competition but in end, they could not find the goals they needed ... Read more »

Fifa's dismissal of Safa appeal can work in Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos' favour

© Provided by Independent Online (IOL) Johannesburg – That Fifa dismissed Safa’s appeal for suspected and biased officiating during Bafana Bafana’s World Cup qualifier against Ghana, could work in Hugo ... Read more »

Three Limpopo matriculants killed in accident hours after last exam

© Provided by SowetanLive Taking to its Facebook page, the school said the incident happened on Friday. This was hours after many grade 12s wrote their final papers and, at ... Read more »

President Ramaphosa expects report back on vaccine mandates soon

© Provided by Times Live “When the National Coronavirus Command Council  meets, I am expecting a report from the task team we set up as well as the inter-ministerial committee. ... Read more »

Mother and son murdered in Mataffin

© Provided by SowetanLive Mpumalanga police have launched a manhunt after a mother and her son were found  dead in their house at Mataffin village, near Mbombela Stadium. According to the ... Read more »

Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi jailed for four years

© Provided by dw.com A court in Myanmar on Monday jailed ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi for four years for inciting unrest and breaching COVID rules. The charges against ... Read more »

Senior Eskom technician shed for disparaging bosses on Facebook

© Provided by Times Live The labour court has switched off the hopes of a former Eskom employee who was fired for ridiculing his bosses on Facebook. Iteseng Joseph Nkgwang ... Read more »

It's official! 'Fear TWD' fan-favorite Madison is returning to the show next year after seemingly being killed off the spin-off years ago

© Justina Mintz/AMC Kim Dickens is officially returning to “Fear the Walking Dead.” Justina Mintz/AMC Kim Dickens is returning to “Fear TWD” next year as the show’s seventh season continues. ... Read more »

Call for Covid-19 mandatory vaccines intensifies

© Provided by 702 The call for vaccine mandates is intensifying. In the last reporting cycle, South Africa recorded 11,125 new Covid-19 cases with Gauteng as the epicentre. President Cyril ... Read more »

International Tennis Federation chief doesn't want 'to punish billion Chinese people' over Peng Shuai

© Provided by Independent Online (IOL) Paris – International Tennis Federation president David Haggerty said Sunday that his organisation will not boycott China over the Peng Shuai affair as “we ... Read more »

Hong Kong warns WSJ of 'incitement' in editorial

© Bertha WANG A worker stands in front of a government banner advertising the Hong Kong Legislative Council election Hong Kong’s government has warned the Wall Street Journal it may ... Read more »

Zikalala pleads with KZN youth to return for second COVID-19 jabs

© Provided by eNCA JOHANNESBURG – KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Sihle Zikalala is worried that young people in the province are not returning for their second COVID-19 jabs. Zikalala is pleading with ... Read more »

Vic traffic: Truck crash causing commuter chaos

A horror crash collision involving a truck and multiple cars is causing serious delays on a major Melbourne freeway. Northbound traffic is backed up four kilometres on the Calder Fwy, ... Read more »

Call for Covid-19 mandatory vaccines intensify

© Provided by 702 The call for vaccine mandates is intensifying. In the last reporting cycle, South Africa recorded 11,125 new Covid-19 cases with Gauteng as the epicentre. President Cyril ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic