Artist Features

Artist Features

Go behind the scenes and into the studios of StateoftheART artists in exclusive interviews and short films.
  • Floral Portraits by Anina Deetlefs
    An interview with artist Anina Deetlefs about her popular floral portraits that combine portraiture with her love of graphic design and textiles while paying close attention to the names, meaning and symbolism in each piece.
  • Studio visit with Kufa Makwavarara
    We visit artist Kufa Makwavarara at his home studio in Cape Town where he is busy with a large, colourful painting entitled ‘Covid Vaccine Roll-Out’
  • 'A Time of Uncertainty' by Tanja Truscott
    Visit Tanja Truscott in her studio in this behind the scenes feature and read her thoughts about her latest collection of abstract paintings.
  • In the studio with Helen van Stolk
    Read our interview and enjoy a short film with artist Helen van Stolk, exploring her process of creating her abstract paintings.
  • In the studio with John Roome
    Learn more about printmaking artist John Roome and his work, inspirations and background in this interview in his Durban studio.
  • In the studio with Nicole Pletts
    Learn more about Nicole Pletts and her process of painting and day to day life in the studio in this short film by StateoftheART.
  • In the studio with Heidi Shedlock
    An interview and film with Heidi Shedlock in her studio in Durban about her love for capturing the form of beautiful flowers.
  • Artist Interview: Kitty Dörje
    We chat to Cape Town based artist Kitty Dörje about her ink drawings and printmaking in this interview and glimpse into her day-to-day life in the studio.
  • In the Studio with Grace Kotze
    Visit the studio of artist Grace Kotze in Durban, meet the local monkeys and catch a glimpse of her latest paintings in our short film.
  • In the Studio with Pascale Chandler
    Watch our short film with Pascale Chandler in her home and studio in Durban, and read more about her work and what inspires her playful horse paintings.
  • Artist Interviews : inside scoop on Deidre Maree
    Discover more about Deidre Maree and her love of running, teaching art and visiting the Karoo.
  • In the Studio with Mariëtte Kotzé
    Watch Mariëtte Kotzé create abstract scanography art in our short film, and learn more about her fascinating unique process.
  • Q&A with 2019 Award Finalist: MINENKULU NGOYI
    We asked the Ten Gallery Award Finalists some questions to help you get to know them before the Finalists Exhibition.
  • Q&A with 2019 Award Finalist: LAURETTE DE JAGER
    We asked the Ten Gallery Award Finalists some questions to help you get to know them before the Finalists Exhibition.
  • Q&A with 2019 Award Finalist: CHRISTELLE VIVIERS
    We asked the Ten Gallery Award Finalists some questions to help you get to know them before the Finalists Exhibition.
  • Q&A with 2019 Award Finalist: LARISSA MWANYAMA
    We asked the Ten Gallery Award Finalists some questions to help you get to know them before the Finalists Exhibition.
  • Q&A with 2019 Award Finalist: DAMIAN OSBORNE
    We asked the Ten Gallery Award Finalists some questions to help you get to know them before the Finalists Exhibition.
  • Q&A with 2019 Award Finalist: SIMON VENTER
    We asked the Ten Gallery Award Finalists some questions to help you get to know them before the Finalists Exhibition.
  • Q&A with 2019 Award Finalist: NATASHA BROWN
    We asked the Ten Gallery Award Finalists some questions to help you get to know them before the Finalists Exhibition.
  • Q&A with 2019 Award Finalist: BALEKANE LEGOABE
    We asked the Ten Gallery Award Finalists some questions to help you get to know them before the Finalists Exhibition.
  • Q&A with 2019 Award Finalist: MONIQUE DAY-WILDE
    We asked the Ten Gallery Award Finalists some questions to help you get to know them before the Finalists Exhibition.
  • Q&A with 2019 Award Finalist: NONKULULEKO SIBANDE
    We asked the Ten Gallery Award Finalists some questions to help you get to know them before the Finalists Exhibition.
  • In the Studio with Kali van der Merwe
    Learn more about taxidermy, light painting and the surreal world of artist Kali van der Merwe in this interview and behind the scenes in her studio.
  • In the Studio with Catherine Ocholla
    An interview with painter Catherine Ocholla who focuses on the sky as a screen to explore current issues. She tells us about her favourite artworks, inspirations and working process.
  • In the Studio with Melody French
    We visited the studio of abstract artist Melody French and captured part of her art making process to share with you in a short film.
  • In the Studio with Jeannie Kinsler
    Visit Jeannie Kinsler in her studio in Durban in this short film for a peek into her home life and creative inspirations.
  • In the Studio with Jonathan van der Walt
    Meet Jonathan van der Walt - a fine art sculptor based in Port Elizabeth and get a glimpse into his daily life and art-making process.
  • In the Studio with Corné Eksteen : NEXUS
    In this short film, we visit Corné Eksteen in his studio in Durban as he prepares for his solo exhibition 'NEXUS'.
  • Studio Visit with Laurel Holmes
    In this film and interview we visit the natural areas that inspire Laurel's printmaking and painting, and learn about visual loss and the impact of environmental degradation for future generations.
  • In the Studio with Noeleen Kleve
    Learn more about printmaking from artist and teacher Noeleen Kleve in her studio in Kommetjie.
  • In the Studio with Raja Oshi
    Meet Raja Oshi, a Sudanese artist living in Pietermaritzburg whose mixed media works are inspired by the context of her own life and reflect how she feels about world events.
  • In the studio with Chris Denovan
    A film and interview with contemporary artist Chris Denovan to learn more about his creative process and see him in action in his studio in Cape Town.
  • In the Studio with Marie-Adèle de Villiers
    A short video and an interview with artist Marie-Adèle de Villiers, who expresses her fascination with mountains in ink drawings and marks of time.
  • Q&A with Gallery Award Finalist: LEZANNE KOTZE
    Last but not least - our interview with Gallery Award finalist Lezanne Kotze!
  • Q&A with Gallery Award Finalist: ANNA-CARIEN GOOSEN
    Another interview with a Gallery Award Finalist! We chat to Anna-Carien Goosen this time, before the Group Exhibition of Finalists opening in September.
  • Q&A with Gallery Award Finalist: JANNA PRINSLOO
    Janna Prinsloo shares her thoughts on the Gallery Award, her painting process, inspirations and plans!
  • Q&A with Gallery Award Finalist: NADINE HANSEN
    Meet Nadine Hansen, an artist based in Stilbaai who finds inspiration in the people and natural beauty that surrounds her.
  • Q&A with Gallery Award Finalist: CHLOE OBERMEYER
    Meet the next artist shortlisted for the StateoftheART Gallery Award: Chloe Obermeyer!
  • Q&A with Gallery Award Finalist: JO ROETS
    Jo Roets creates delicate light relief sculptures out of clay and is one of the Finalists in this years StateoftheART Gallery Award. We asked her some questions to help you to get to know her before the Finalists Exhibition.
  • Q&A with Gallery Award Finalist: ANINA DEETLEFS
    Next up and answering our questions! Gallery Award finalist and portrait painter Anina Deetlefs!
  • Q&A with Gallery Award Finalist: LEBOGANG MABUSELA
    Read more about Lebogang Mabusela, whose monotypes are informed by a critique on gender roles and material objects, and on show for the Gallery Award Finalists Exhibition 2018.
  • Q&A with Gallery Award Finalist: TINA TELES
    Get to know the next finalist in line for the Gallery Award, painter Tina Teles!
  • Q&A with Gallery Award Finalist: ADELE VAN HEERDEN
    The Finalists are here! We have a few juicy questions for the ten lovely ladies shortlisted for the Gallery Award 2018, starting with Adele Van Heerden!
  • In the studio with Tharien Smith
    We visit Tharien Smith in her studio and shop at Tharien's Trimorphic Art.
  • In the studio with Liffey Joy
    We go behind the scenes with Liffey Joy in her home studio as she creates one of her mixed media works and meet her friendly cat, Rosie!
  • In the studio with Lisette Forsyth
    We go behind the scenes with Lisette Forsyth in her studio in Woodstock, Cape Town.
  • In the studio with Claude Chandler
    We chat to Claude Chandler about portraits, computers and his stamp technique.
  • In the studio with Joanne Reen
    A short video on artist Joanne Reen in her studio in Port Elizabeth, and the inspiration she draws from the village of Nieu Bethesda.
  • VIDEO: in the studio with Karen Wykerd
    Learn more about Karen's work, process and inspiration in this short film created by StateoftheART.
  • In the studio with James de Villiers
    James de Villiers gives us exclusive insights into his studio space, history and art making process.
  • In the studio with Corné Theron
    "Visual artists have always been the voice we can see." Find out more about Corné Theron's painting practice, studio and interests.
  • In the studio with Kendall-Leigh Nash
    We visit Kendall's studio to chat about what inspires her work, specifically looking at her series 'Call of the Wild', which forms part of our June group exhibition 'Beneath the Skin'.
  • In the studio with Bettie Coetzee-Lambrecht
    We've taken a look through the lens of Bettie Coetzee-Lambrecht's studio in Cape Town to see what inspires her photographic art.
  • In the studio with Karen Wykerd
    Travel through the city of Cape Town with us as we visit the studio of Karen Wykerd for a closer look at the process and inspiration behind her precisely detailed city-scape paintings.
  • In the studio with Jodi Hugo
    Jodi Hugo is renown for her tender yet emotional nude studies rendered in acrylic and charcoal. We met up with the artist to chat about her life and the inspiration behind her paintings.
  • In the studio with Laurel Holmes
    We caught up with Johannesburg artist Laurel Holmes to chat about her work and her focus on painting still lifes of everyday objects as well as moody landscapes of the places she has visited.
  • In the studio with Janet Botes
    Sam Rietmann visited the Somerset West studio of visual artist Janet Botes to find out how she depicts the natural landscape in different formats and the inspiration behind her Land Art.
  • In the studio With Kitty Dorje
    What do Mary Poppins and the Terminator have in common? Not much if we are honest. Yet I encountered both of these figures in the studio of Kitty Dörje as we sat down to chat about the importance of silence, her new series of work and what the future holds.
  • In the studio with Claude Chandler
    StateoftheART intern Sam Rietmann recently interviewed Claude Chandler to give you a behind-the-scenes insight into his work and artistic inspiration.
  • In The Studio With Chris Denovan
    Artist Chris Denovan has recently moved in to a new studio in Observatory. We met up with him to preview his works-in-progress, learn about what inspires him, and see his work insitu.
  • Studio visit with Thelma van Rensburg
    Join us as we chat to StateoftheART artists to find out interesting snippets about their latest work and inspiration.
  • Studio Visit With Liffey Speller
    Join us for a glimpse into the studios of StateoftheART artists; meet them in their workspace, learn what inspires them and see their work hanging on their studio walls.