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Jaco KrugerProof of ResidenceBronze and patinaEdition 4 of 840 x 30 x 20 cmR 45 460
Growing up around art, my father instilled in me a love for sculptures. This love affair with bronze inspired me to create my own work.” – Jaco Kruger
This piece speaks of the migration of refugees to Europe and voices the plight of millions of displaced people in Southern Africa and their struggle for a sense of belonging.
Janko de BeerUntitled No 5Mixed media on stretched canvas110 x 110 cmR 55 000
Janko de Beer loves the ocean, the mountains, and the bushveld, and spends a lot of time outdoors hiking and surfing. His artistic process frequently finds its origin in nature.
De Beer considers time spent outdoors one of the best influences on his work, since it is necessary for the mind to see new things, if it is to create new things.
Janko de BeerUntitled No 9Mixed media on stretched canvas110 x 160 cmR 70 000
Janko de BeerUntitled No 12Mixed media on stretched canvas110 x 160 cmR 70 000
Owen ClaassenGroundedRecycled steel100 x 45 x 37 cmR 24 800
This work by Owen Claassen, created from recycled steel, expresses the innocent joy of a child swinging in a tree unaware of the struggles faced by the adults trying to keep it grounded.
Claassen expertly captures emotion in his sculptures and sheds light on the inner conflict of enjoying what Mother Earth has given us, without losing grounding, and holding on to its roots.
Owen ClaassenBalloon GirlRecycled steel46 x 10.5 x 10.5 cm R 5 800
Owen Claassen was born in Zoar in the Klein Karoo, where he still lives and works. Since early childhood, he was very creative and made toy cars for his friends using scrap metal and wire. It is here that he discovered his interest in welding.
Claassen worked for different welding companies and in his spare time made metal figurines, candleholders, and bedside lamps, incorporating in his designs his themes from his cultural background. His work has a colloquial emphasis, beautifully depicting life inspired by the Karoo countryside.
OlivierKids are so wiseCollage130 x 165 cmSOLD
Olivier believes that many personal traits are formed in our younger years, and for this reason, she journeyed back to her school years in the creation of these two works.
Olivier expresses her art through collage and has been dedicated to this medium, never using a drop of paint to tell her stories.
In her contribution to this exhibition, she utilises an old school photograph, and one of her at boarding school to speak to the human need of belonging to a community or group. A need for feeling grounded, and part of a larger unit.
In Kids are so wise, adult faces are collaged onto the school children’s bodies, symbolising the children’s inherent wisdom.
OlivierBoarding schoolCollage95 x 125 cmR 56 250
Nanette RangerEco WarriorCold marble resin45 x 35 x 15 cmR 5 750
For Nanette Ranger, art is an enriching lens which intensifies the physical and metaphysical experience of the world for both the artist and the viewer.
Ranger is inspired visually and conceptually by the world around her, blending natural textures and materials with her love for the human form. Her work seeks to explore and reflect upon the metaphysical power gained from a personal immersion in the natural world. It considers the duality of this connection and the possibility it offers for reconnecting with an intrinsic self.
Nanette RangerNature ContemplationCold marble resin40 x 15 x 15 cmR 5 750
Nanette RangerSeated IcarusCold marble, mild steel and copper wire32 x 35 x 15 cmR 5 750
Mpumelelo Pro ThusiNo Longer at EaseRecycled plastic and motherboards120 x 120 x 5 cmR 41 350
Mpumelelo Pro Thusi is a talented and versatile artist, capturing detail by fusing discarded plastic, tin cans, enamel, and other recycled objects to create his unique works, rich in texture.
In No Longer at Ease, Thusi emphasises that truth, pure and undefiled, will never leave us feeling comfortable. Facing the true self and discovering one’s purpose are arguably the most essential aspects of life. This self-realisation demands facing life’s harsh realities, and through doing so, inevitable growth. Comfort has never borne greatness, and a life of ease is but a thing of the moment.
This work sees the subject observing a reflection of herself. A realisation brought on by life and its experiences, that she must grow and face life’s uncomfortable realities… No longer at ease.
Vincent OsemwegieThe ProtectorMixed media on perspex106 x 156 x 5 cmR 41 350Framed in black.
Vincent Osemwegie was born in 1977 in Nigeria and studied Art at the University of Benin. Since 2009, he has called South Africa home.
Osemwegie’s The Protector is a statement of concurrence to Newton’s third law: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”. Human activities directly and indirectly impact the natural environment.
This is portrayed by the 15th century market woman, Emotan, carrying two items, one in each hand. On her right is a reusable woven raffia basket, symbolising the good we can do for our environment, and in contrast, on her left, a disposable plastic bag.
Folklore suggests that Emotan protected the Old Benin kingdom by saving the life of the Oba (the Benin king), for which she was deified, and a tree planted in her honour.
Madeleine Beyers is the Senior Events Coordinator at Make A Difference Leadership Foundation and sources all the art for their national and international auctions.
About Make A Difference Leadership Foundation
Since the inception of Make A Difference Leadership Foundation (MAD Leadership Foundation) in 2003, Founder and Chairman, Francois Pienaar has had the inspiring vision to provide educational access to deserving scholars with leadership potential, who face economic and other barriers.
MAD Leadership Foundation ensures that scholarship recipients not only succeed academically but manifest personal success and positive social engagement traits. Through the support offered to their scholars, MAD Leadership Foundation shapes individuals who will invest back into South Africa – ensuring positive change.
As part of their fundraising activities, MAD Leadership Foundation proudly provides a platform for both established and emerging artists, where they can showcase their work not only locally but to an international market.
The foundation’s goal is to fund 1,000 scholars in this programme. With your support in the form of a monthly donation, as a generous auction bidder, a scholar sponsor, or volunteer mentor, you can make a difference.
For more information about the scholarship programme, visit www.madleadership.org, or contact the team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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