Welcome to StateoftheART.co.za, an innovative company selling and commissioning the finest contemporary artwork created by Fine Arts graduates and emerging artists from around South Africa.
I created StateoftheART.co.za as a virtual gallery instead of moving into a physical space, harnessing the power of the internet to create a platform from which genuinely talented but undiscovered artists could launch their careers. Galleries rarely work with unknown names leaving many young artists waiting up to three years to be represented. StateoftheArt gives these artists a foot in the door and provides a means for talented early-career artists to gain exposure and sell their artwork, as well as giving art enthusiasts an opportunity to acquire original contemporary art at a reasonable cost. All of our artists have been carefully selected by the StateoftheART Curatorial Panel - instead of showcasing thousands of artists, we choose to represent only a limited number in our online art gallery - so you can be sure of the quality of the contemporary art for sale. The majority of our proceeds are given to the artists who create these works. So when you buy art from StateoftheART you’re directly supporting our artists.
We're not just an online gallery though! A recent collaboration with G2 Art has given birth to StateoftheART Gallery in the Cape Town CBD - a permanent space where art lovers can interact with a dynamic selection of works by our online artists. You'll find us at 61 Shortmarket Street - we're open 6 days a week and we look forward to meeting you.
I love being surrounded by art - I think you will too.
Introducing the StateoftheART.co.za Curatorial Panel
StateoftheART.co.za is a juried fine art gallery; we do not accept every artist that would like to exhibit the original art they have for sale. All artists must first submit samples of their paintings, drawings, sculpture, fine art photography and art prints, etc. for consideration to our panel of art professionals who maintain the quality of the original art being exhibited. The Panel selects each artist and every piece of artwork not only on merit, but to demonstrate a diverse range of styles, skills and techniques.
Janet Botes has been involved in various projects, exhibitions and initiatives in the Western Cape and Gauteng. This includes the Great Walk and More (Greatmore Studios, Woodstock), City Slickers (Wessel Snyman Creative, Cape Town) and the HumanEarth exhibitions. As an artist she works in different media and disciplines, having a wide repertoire in visual expression and the techniques involved in each discipline or art form. She is also the founder and curator for an interactive arts project entitled Scapes, which aims to bring artists from different disciplines together into creative collaborations focused on interaction with the landscape.
Gary Frier is a painter, graphic artist and animator. He derives inspiration from working with different forms of media; his work, he says is a constant reminder of self and where he is. Gary has particpated in a number of South African and European residences and exchanges, and makes a continued effort to encourage interest in art among his contemporaries by exhibiting at NGO’s and cultural institutions such as the Alliance Franciase and the ITECED (Institute of Training and Education for Capacity Building) library in East London. Gary's work can be found in both private and corporate collections in South Africa and world-wide.
Vivien obtained a National Diploma in Graphic Design from Peninsula Technikon and a Diploma in Fine Art from the Ruth Prowse College of Art and Design. His work can be found in both private and corporate collections in South Africa and worldwide. In 2007 Vivien participated in the "Is There Still Life" exhibition curated by Prof. Michael Godby of UCT during which his work was compared to that of the featured artistic talents of Cecil Skotnes, William Kentridge and Willie Bester.
Danelle Malan is a fine artist and illustrator. She has a BAFA (2010) from the Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT), having majored in painting. Danelle featured on the Dean's Merit List in both 2007 and 2010, and UCT purchased some work from her 2010 gradate exhibition to add to its prestigious collection. Danelle has a great interest in animals and the mysteries of human nature, and enjoys working an edge of humour into her art.
Nicolle achieved various Art awards during her school career, including the Art Higher Grade Subject Prize in grade 12. From the age of 14 to 18 she won three Cum Laude, four Double Gold and six Gold Awards at the Montague Art Festival. Nicolle works as a full-time artist following a career as a Science and Art teacher at a High School in Blouberg.
Bongani graduated with an N.Dip in Fine Art from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2010, having majored in Stained Glass under the mentorship of Amanda Snyman. Bongani is a Fine Artist with a passion for curating art exhibitions and managing public art projects. He was recently appointed by Mandela Bay Development Agency and artEC to assist with various commnunity art projects such as the 200 artists project, the Arts Journey, Route 67 and other artEC and Mandela Bay Development Agency related projects.