Welcome to StateoftheART, an independent contemporary gallery dedicated to representing artists from South Africa. The gallery comprises two spaces: an intimate exhibition space in the centre of Cape Town, 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 our Cape Town gallery showroom; you'll find us at 50 Buitenkant Street, in close proximity to The Book Lounge, District Six Museum, The A4 International Arts Centre, Swan Cafe and Truth Coffee, amongst other notable destinations.
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.
STORYTELLING & EXPERIENCES
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.
MEET THE TEAM:
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.
Gallery Assistant, Film and Social Media Manager.
After studying Musical Theatre, Drama and Performance overseas, Andrea returned to her hometown Cape Town and completed her studies in Film. She is passionate about the creative process and promoting emerging artists - using the short films she creates for StateoftheART to tell artists' stories and give fellow art-lovers insight into their work and ideas. Andrea assists StateoftheART with day to day tasks, sales and exhibitions and manages the online social media marketing for the Gallery. She is also very excited to have recently started her own art collection.
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.