The Hamsa Hand is an amulet symbolizing the Hand of God.In all faiths it is a protective sign. It brings its owner happiness, luck, health, and good fortune. The hamsa hand has a wide variety of different spellings which includes hamesh, hamsa, chamsa, and khamsa.
You can enjoy this work of art to its fullest with sunlight shining on it!
Future Art Era is currently hosting an enchanting exhibition of three South African artists in the tranquility of their new gallery at 1 Scott Street, Hartebeespoortdam. Before commencing on discussing the work presented, a few words have to be dedicated towards describing the ambiance brought about by the mere location and tasteful layout of this relatively small art gallery set against the slopes of the Magaliesberg looking out on the Hartebeestpoort dam. Despite the hustle and bustle of typical Saturday afternoon tourists and visitors in the many restaurants and other places of interest, the gallery presents itself as a quiet haven where you can peacefully indulge in excellent art and share your passion for it with family and friends. Indeed a refreshing experience compared to the chrome and glass environments that galleries nowadays have to resort to in order to attract clientele.
Future Art Era has to be commented on the vision of combining the work of the three artists exhibited under the title “Africa Today Tomorrow Always”. The works reflect three totally different mediums from artists from different parts of South African society, yet they have in common a shared passion for Africa, its cultural origins, the travels through its history, its contemporary complexities, and questions about its future. Through the works of the three artists, Africa is explored from the depths of its mystic origins in the abstractions of the colourful, symmetric compositions of Anton DK through to Africa today. The often surreal compositions of Eric Lubisi in which the human figure, with the assistance of strong African symbolism, is in constant search of its origins and Gert Potgieter’s social realistic sculpture dealing with the hardships of an unjust, unequal society in contemporary South Africa.
Although all the works are unmistakably South African as can clearly be seen from use of line, form, shape, colour and texture, it deals with subject matter that reaches beyond geographical and political borders. It is probably the first exhibition where African art is not concealed within the borders of Africa as “African Art” but rather reflects works that can comfortably exist beyond its borders. Africa need not to be taught anymore, Africa can start teaching now. Indeed, a delightful thought. Delightful, that through our art the world outside there can learn more about themselves and not only about us hidden somewhere in a dark continent.
The South African art scene has for many years, been divided between the so-called “Contemporary Art” market and the “Commercial Art” market. The contemporary art market is mostly an academically driven market. It serves research objectives for critics and historians and is heavily influenced by European and American art activity. The work produced under this banner is mostly destined for big corporate collectors and galleries. It has to a great extent managed to alienate the greater South African public. They are perceived as an elitist group and hence society is feeling intimidated and isolated. In opposition, the commercial art market has taken the opportunity and penetrated the left open void by offering the public content less pictures and ornaments rather than paintings and sculptures. Future Art Era promises through this exhibition, to associate itself with a type of art that does not require a gallery context to exist as art and hence can comfortably fit into any home, office or boardroom but most important it has content in abundance. It is nice to look at, it can be talked about, it can be written about, it can be researched and can comfortably fit its deserved place in the history of South African Art.
Keep up the good work.
By: The Critic
Art Exhibition “Africa, Today, Tomorrow, Always” featuring Gert Potgieter, Eric Lubisi & Anton Dk 19 Nov 2016
A Marvelous expo on the works of 3 very important SA artist will be on show from the 19th of November 2019.
ERIC LUBISI – was honored this year by UNISA ART GALLERY for his contribution to Art in South-Africa.
GERT POTGIETER – had an exhibition at the Pretoria ART MUSEUM with his welded metal sculptures depicting the life of ordinary people and their struggles in SA and over the world. He awakes our senses and open our eyes that we may care for the next person. His works is small monuments to the everyday people of this country.. YOU-TUBE GERT POTGIETER -welded metal sculptures – worthwhile to see the DVD clips.
ANTON DK – SA’s Renaissance ARTIST, Inspired by the Natural & Supernatural World of our Beautiful land.
Opening Address by Mr. Daniel Rankadi Mosako, Artist, Academic and Curator.
Daniel holds a Masters Degree in Fine Arts (2001) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies (2010) from the University of Pretoria.
Daniel remains first and foremost a passionate practicing artist who have received many awards for his outstanding work such as the Finland Young Artist Awards, Sol Plaatjie Art Exhibition (First Prize), and Kempton Park Tembisa Ekhuruleni Art Awards (Top 15) to name a few.
Some of Daniel’s work form part of the prestigious art collections of Webber Wentzel Bowens law firm, Telkom, SASOL, Vodacom, UNISA, University of Pretoria, University of North-West, Mercedes SA, Ekhuruleni municipality, Pretoria Art Museum, DBSA, ATC SA, Olievenhuis Museum, ABSA, Ngoma art organization (Uganda), Insaka art organization (Zambia) and University of Stellenbosch.
Daniel is currently the curator of the Eduardo Villa Art Museum, University of Pretoria.
Daniel Masako has had a close relationship with Eric Lubisi and Gert Potgieter for many years as friend and fellow artists. He therefore has a qualified insight to the minds of the artists and their works on exhibition. We are indeed looking forward for him to share that with us. We are honoured and privileged to have this exhibition opened by Mr. Daniel Rankadi Mosako
1 Scott, St. Hartbeespoortdam, North West, South Africa.
Anton DK has been very busy in his studio here - some new Art in Progress… please place your order now!
Anton DK ARt Video
The Luxembourg Art Prize is an annual international competition aiming to discover talents, amateur or professional, regardless of age and nationality. The Prize aims to accelerate the careers of unknown artists by providing them with professional art gallery space, first as part of a group exhibition showcasing the nominees for the Prize and then as a solo exhibition for the winner.
To help the winner prepare and create a solo exhibition at the gallery, a grant of 25,000 euros (about 27,680 USD or 20,850 GBP or 27’273 CHF or 36,130 CAD or 2,895,500 JPY) is awarded by the gallery for the 2016 edition of the prize.
All the artists’ expenses are paid by the gallery during the 2016 Luxembourg Art Prize exhibition (transport and insurance for the works of art, air and train tickets and full-board accommodation in a four-star hotel).
Ten artists will be selected by 31 July at the latest by an artistic committee chaired by Hervé Lancelin. The nominees will exhibit their work as a group at Galerie Hervé Lancelin from 17 September to 29 October 2016.
The winner of the 2016 Luxembourg Art Prize is selected by the final jury, and his or her name is announced on the opening evening of the nominees’ group exhibition. An award of 25,000 euros is allocated to the winner to help finance the production of further work.
The winner of the 2016 Luxembourg Art Prize will be given a solo exhibition in 2017 at Galerie Hervé Lancelin in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
More info: https://www.luxembourgartprize.com/en/