Welcome to StateoftheART, an innovative boutique-style gallery and e-commerce platform representing selected emerging and mid-career visual artists from across South Africa.
Established in 2010 and a pioneer in the online art market in South Africa, StateoftheART brings a carefully curated collection of affordable contemporary art directly to you by offering secure access to unique works of art through a 'click-to-buy' service for collectors unable to visit our Cape Town gallery in person. All artists have been carefully selected; 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 fine 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.
StateoftheART opened its physical doors in the centre of Cape Town in 2013 with two objectives: to meet the desire of artists for their works to be seen in 'real-life', and to reassure buyers of the quality of artwork and give them peace of mind when investing online.
We host an exciting program of exhibitions by up-and-coming local artists at our Cape Town gallery; you'll find us at 50 Buitenkant Street, in close proximity to The Book Lounge, District Six Museum, The A4 International Arts Centre, The Fugard Theatre (we're in good company) Haas - and Truth Coffee, amongst other notable destinations.MEET THE TEAM:
We believe that art should be bought for love and sold with passion: we also appreciate that art is very individual and will gladly help with sourcing your perfect piece of art from our roster of talented artists. When you’re on a search 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 discuss this with you.
Gallery director and founder of StateoftheART.
StateoftheART is the brainchild of Jennifer Reynolds. 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 relocated to Cape Town to pursue her passion for art, launching StateoftheART online in 2010, and opening a physical gallery in the city centre in March 2013.
Gallery Assistant, Film and Social Media Manager.
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.
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 Njalo (b. 1987) currently lives and works in Port Elizabeth where he studied Fine Art at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and majored in Stained Glass. Njalo chooses to utilise his Xhosa background and queer identity as tools both in his practice. Taught by his grandmother to use Xhosa bead-making as a drawing tool - a skill that is traditionally reserved for women in the Xhosa community, Njalo takes bead-making into contemporary art practice to speak about universal issues. His work is not only versatile as the artist explores various mediums, but also transcends cultural norms and practices.
Njalo is a 2014 recipient of the David Koloane Award and was named one of the Top 200 Young South Africans in 2016 by the Mail & Guardian for his contributions to the cultural landscape of South Africa. In 2017, he was selected as a cultural ambassador to the United States by the U.S. Department of State as a Mandela Washington Fellow and serves as a Steering Committee member for the African Cultural Policy Network for the Culture, LGBTIQ+ and Human Rights. He is the founder of The 54 Art Foundation and is an MA (Arts Policy and Management) candidate at Birkbeck University of London.