About StateoftheART

Welcome to StateoftheART, an independent contemporary gallery dedicated to representing artists from South Africa. The gallery comprises two spaces: an intimate exhibition space in Cape Town's coolest 'hood' - the  East City, and a second space online, available to everyone regardless of geography: to browse, to learn, to look for advice and to buy art - at their convenience. We know buying art can be a major decision. That’s why every artist represented by StateoftheART is vetted: our intention is to deliver premium art with integrity and emotion, at great value. We believe that art should be bought for love and sold with passion: that art should be an integral part of our interiors and reflect our unique tastes.

Established in 2010 and a pioneer in the online art market in South Africa, StateoftheART re-imagines the brick-and-mortar art gallery experience for the digital age, offering a new approach to discovering and buying contemporary art. Our pricing is clear and straightforward with the majority of the proceeds from a sale being returned to the artist who created the work.

We host an exciting program of exhibitions by up-and-coming and established artists at the StateoftheART Gallery showroom in Cape Town; you'll find us at 50 Buitenkant Street, in close proximity to The Book Lounge, Hemporium, District Six Museum, The A4 International Arts Centre, Swan Cafe and Truth Coffee, amongst other notable destinations.


Interior of StateoftheART Gallery, with various paintings on the walls and visitors looking at the art.

Founded in 2018; the StateoftheART Gallery Award is a not-for-profit initiative to promote artists who have yet to establish a profile on the contemporary South African art scene, and offers collectors the opportunity to invest in the artists of the future. We help artists grow their careers. 
We can assist with the delivery of your artwork purchase to your door both locally and abroad, using the services of reputable logistics suppliers who specialise in the transportation of artworks. 
Our 7-day money-back guarantee allows you to buy art sight-unseen with confidence. If you’re not satisfied with your purchase, return it and we’ll help you find a work you love.
We appreciate that art is very individual and will gladly help with sourcing your perfect piece of art from our roster of talented artists. It is our goal to provide you with a personalized service: when you’re searching for a work of art to suit a certain space, style, genre, scale or budget - we’re available, online or at our Cape Town gallery to assist you.

To provide you with more knowledge and information about art, our represented artists and the local art market, Pulse (our blog) regularly publishes a range of articles including artist studio visits, artist features and films, as well as useful information for collectors.
Gallery owner and founder of StateoftheART.
Owner Jennifer has spent a lifetime in love with art and is passionate about helping others discover a love for it too. Before founding the gallery, Jennifer's career spanned the financial markets and technology sectors, which included 18 years with news and information vendor Reuters in both South Africa and Europe. Ready for a new challenge outside of the financial markets, she based herself in Cape Town, launching StateoftheART online in 2010. Jennifer has built up personal relationships with some of the most exciting artists working in South Africa today.
Amy Rinquest-Barnes
StateoftheART Gallery Manager
Amy Rinquest-Barnes loves a curated aesthetic. With a BA and Honours degree in Film and Media Production and documentary film from UCT, she is enamoured with the power of the visual language. With a professional background working (and thriving) in the chaos of film and TV sets, she is an expert in creative problem solving and thinking on her feet. Her time spent in the Art Department, often working as a Props Master, combined her love of carefully crafting visuals with the analytical and logistical skills of working to a tight shooting schedule and managing a team of people.

Having started at the gallery as a part-time art handler, she quickly found a new space to use her creative skills. A life-long lover of art and having studied Art History courses at UCT, her unique experience and sharp eye for aesthetics has seen her fall in love with working in the gallery space. Sometimes when she's alone in the gallery, she talks to the paintings and on good days, when they're happy with where she's hung them, they deign to talk back. (Alternative: Her love of art and curation is clear, in fact on quiet days we have caught her talking to the paintings.)

When she's not working at the gallery she can be found searching for vintage treasures in dusty charity shops, collecting shells and pretty rocks on the beach and writing bad poetry in the park.