Welcome to StateoftheART, South Africa's first 'bricks and clicks' gallery which aims to inspire a new culture of art buying; where contemporary art is affordable, everybody is welcome, artists are championed and customers find art they love.
StateoftheART brings the gallery experience to you; discover the best early-career and emerging artists working in South Africa in our online gallery. 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 so that you can be sure of the quality of the contemporary art for sale. Importantly, the majority of our proceeds from a sale are given to the artists who create these works, so when you buy art from StateoftheART you’re directly supporting our artists.
Our online platform is complemented by a brick-and-mortar art gallery in Cape Town; an intimate space in which we regularly host exhibitions and where art lovers can view a dynamic selection of South African art for sale by our roster of 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 Curatorial Panel
StateoftheART 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.
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.
Helen graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Michaelis in 2012, and English Honours in 2013, both at UCT.
She is teaching and working as an artist and curator in Zimbabwe, moving between here and Cape Town. Her current projects include a large mural painting in Blantyre, Malawi, and the curation of an exhibition for the Harare Agricultural Show in August.