One of the most extraordinary draughts(wo)men in South Africa: Diane Victor

Drawing with candle smoke


At ABSA KKNK in Oudtshoorn, Victor chose a butchery as one of her exhibition spaces where she exhibited smoke drawings of animal heads

I saw some of Diane Victor’s latest smoke drawings at the Joburg Art Fair  in September.  Well-known for her extraordinary drawing technique, these were just amazing. Imagine drawing using the smoke from a candle. She has to work fast and complete the image all in one sitting.  So I am really looking forward to Diane’s major show in 2 parts at the University of Johannesburg.  Ashes to Ashes and Smoke to Dust opens on 16th November at 6.30 for 7 pm.  The first part of the exhibition will focus on her smoke drawings on glass and paper while the sec0nd part explores the potential of book ash as a drawing material.

Exhibition Programme
Wednesday 16 November at 18:30 for 19:00 – Exhibition Opening  The guest speaker for the opening event is Bronwyn Law-Viljoen.
Saturday, 19 November 2011 at 11:00 – Artist’s Walkabout  Diane Victor will be available for the morning, providing insight into the method and thought process involved in her work. A short film by photographer Paul Mills documenting the recent work of the artist will also be shown.
Wednesday, 4 January 2012 at 09:00 – Gallery Reopens  The second part of the exhibition is unveiled.                                             Saturday, 21 January 2012 at 11:00 – Book Launch  This will be the official launch of the second publication on Diane Victor to be produced by David Krut Publishing. Following this, there will be an informal discussion panel with Diane Victor.
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 at 18:00 – Closing Ceremony Diane Victor will be present to sign books

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Zapiro gives talk on his cartoons

South Africa’s public figures and political area has always been a rich source for Zapiro’s biting satire and the events of 2011 have been no exception.  This year’s Zapiro, The Last Sushi, will be  on sale at Exclusive Books Hyde Park on Tuesday November 16th. Zapiro will  present his cartoons and give a talk entitled: Secrecy Bills, Showerheads and What Happened to Free Speech.   The comment from Kevin KAL Kallaugher, Economist award-winning cartoonist is evidence of Zapiro’s international recognition:   “Zapiro’s willingness to step into controversy and call out the deficiencies in South Africa’s new democracy make him possibly the most important cartoonist in the world”

6 for 6.30 pm RSVP 011 325 4298 or

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Beautiful lamps and paintings will provide a visual treat

One of Adam Hoets’ designer lamps seen against a Caro Allum abstract painting








A collaborative exhibition of  lighting designs by Adam Hoets of Willowlamp and abstract paintings by contemporary abstract artist Caro Allum runs from 18th—20th November at  Arts on Main – opening night Friday 18th November. The two artists’ work  – Hoets’  designs inspired by his study of nature and sacred geometry, and Caro’s bold abstractions, promise to be a powerful, daring and stunningly beautiful combination.  What a treat in store !

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