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TITLE OF EXHIBITION

#CreativeChange

CURATOR

Madeleine Beyers

GALLERY

MAD Leadership Foundation

Artists

Owen Claassen
Janko de Beer
Jaco Kruger
Vincent Osemwegie 

Olivier
Mpumelelo Pro Thusi 
Nanette Ranger


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Exhibition statement

Change the world through creative thinking by implementing one thought at a time. Stay close to Mother Nature and listen with intent, because she will show you the way. Make use of what she offers: Reduce, reuse, recycle, and hold on to your roots while spreading your wings.

Catalogue
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Jaco Kruger
Proof of Residence
Bronze and patina
Edition 4 of 8
40 x 30 x 20 cm
R 45 460

Growing up around art, my father instilled in me a love for sculptures. This love affair with bronze inspired me to create my own work.” – Jaco Kruger

This piece speaks of the migration of refugees to Europe and voices the plight of millions of displaced people in Southern Africa and their struggle for a sense of belonging.

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Janko de Beer
Untitled No 5
Mixed media on stretched canvas
110 x 110 cm
R 55 000

Janko de Beer loves the ocean, the mountains, and the bushveld, and spends a lot of time outdoors hiking and surfing. His artistic process frequently finds its origin in nature.

De Beer considers time spent outdoors one of the best influences on his work, since it is necessary for the mind to see new things, if it is to create new things.

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Janko de Beer
Untitled No 9
Mixed media on stretched canvas
110 x 160 cm
R 70 000

Janko de Beer loves the ocean, the mountains, and the bushveld, and spends a lot of time outdoors hiking and surfing. His artistic process frequently finds its origin in nature.

De Beer considers time spent outdoors one of the best influences on his work, since it is necessary for the mind to see new things, if it is to create new things.

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Janko de Beer
Untitled No 12
Mixed media on stretched canvas
110 x 160 cm
R 70 000

Janko de Beer loves the ocean, the mountains, and the bushveld, and spends a lot of time outdoors hiking and surfing. His artistic process frequently finds its origin in nature.

De Beer considers time spent outdoors one of the best influences on his work, since it is necessary for the mind to see new things, if it is to create new things.

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Owen Claassen
Grounded
Recycled steel
100 x 45 x 37 cm
R 24 800

This work by Owen Claassen, created from recycled steel, expresses the innocent joy of a child swinging in a tree unaware of the struggles faced by the adults trying to keep it grounded.

Claassen expertly captures emotion in his sculptures and sheds light on the inner conflict of enjoying what Mother Earth has given us, without losing grounding, and holding on to its roots.

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Owen Claassen
Balloon Girl
Recycled steel
46 x 10.5 x 10.5 cm
R 5 800

Owen Claassen was born in Zoar in the Klein Karoo, where he still lives and works. Since early childhood, he was very creative and made toy cars for his friends using scrap metal and wire. It is here that he discovered his interest in welding.

Claassen worked for different welding companies and in his spare time made metal figurines, candleholders, and bedside lamps, incorporating in his designs his themes from his cultural background. His work has a colloquial emphasis, beautifully depicting life inspired by the Karoo countryside.

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Olivier
Kids are so wise
Collage
130 x 165 cm
SOLD

Olivier believes that many personal traits are formed in our younger years, and for this reason, she journeyed back to her school years in the creation of these two works.

Olivier expresses her art through collage and has been dedicated to this medium, never using a drop of paint to tell her stories.

In her contribution to this exhibition, she utilises an old school photograph, and one of her at boarding school to speak to the human need of belonging to a community or group. A need for feeling grounded, and part of a larger unit.

In Kids are so wise, adult faces are collaged onto the school children’s bodies, symbolising the children’s inherent wisdom.

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Olivier
Boarding school
Collage
95 x 125 cm
R 56 250

Olivier believes that many personal traits are formed in our younger years, and for this reason, she journeyed back to her school years in the creation of these two works.

Olivier expresses her art through collage and has been dedicated to this medium, never using a drop of paint to tell her stories.

In her contribution to this exhibition, she utilises an old school photograph, and one of her at boarding school to speak to the human need of belonging to a community or group. A need for feeling grounded, and part of a larger unit.

In Kids are so wise, adult faces are collaged onto the school children’s bodies, symbolising the children’s inherent wisdom.

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Nanette Ranger
Eco Warrior
Cold marble resin
45 x 35 x 15 cm
R 5 750

For Nanette Ranger, art is an enriching lens which intensifies the physical and metaphysical experience of the world for both the artist and the viewer.

Ranger is inspired visually and conceptually by the world around her, blending natural textures and materials with her love for the human form. Her work seeks to explore and reflect upon the metaphysical power gained from a personal immersion in the natural world. It considers the duality of this connection and the possibility it offers for reconnecting with an intrinsic self.

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Nanette Ranger
Nature Contemplation
Cold marble resin
40 x 15 x 15 cm
R 5 750

For Nanette Ranger, art is an enriching lens which intensifies the physical and metaphysical experience of the world for both the artist and the viewer.

Ranger is inspired visually and conceptually by the world around her, blending natural textures and materials with her love for the human form. Her work seeks to explore and reflect upon the metaphysical power gained from a personal immersion in the natural world. It considers the duality of this connection and the possibility it offers for reconnecting with an intrinsic self.

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Nanette Ranger
Seated Icarus
Cold marble, mild steel and copper wire
32 x 35 x 15 cm
R 5 750

For Nanette Ranger, art is an enriching lens which intensifies the physical and metaphysical experience of the world for both the artist and the viewer.

Ranger is inspired visually and conceptually by the world around her, blending natural textures and materials with her love for the human form. Her work seeks to explore and reflect upon the metaphysical power gained from a personal immersion in the natural world. It considers the duality of this connection and the possibility it offers for reconnecting with an intrinsic self.

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Mpumelelo Pro Thusi
No Longer at Ease
Recycled plastic and motherboards
120 x 120 x 5 cm
R 41 350

Mpumelelo Pro Thusi is a talented and versatile artist, capturing detail by fusing discarded plastic, tin cans, enamel, and other recycled objects to create his unique works, rich in texture.

In No Longer at Ease, Thusi emphasises that truth, pure and undefiled, will never leave us feeling comfortable. Facing the true self and discovering one’s purpose are arguably the most essential aspects of life. This self-realisation demands facing life’s harsh realities, and through doing so, inevitable growth. Comfort has never borne greatness, and a life of ease is but a thing of the moment.

This work sees the subject observing a reflection of herself. A realisation brought on by life and its experiences, that she must grow and face life’s uncomfortable realities… No longer at ease.

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Vincent Osemwegie
The Protector
Mixed media on perspex
106 x 156 x 5 cm
R 41 350
Framed in black.

Vincent Osemwegie was born in 1977 in Nigeria and studied Art at the University of Benin. Since 2009, he has called South Africa home.

Osemwegie’s The Protector is a statement of concurrence to Newton’s third law: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”. Human activities directly and indirectly impact the natural environment.

This is portrayed by the 15th century market woman, Emotan, carrying two items, one in each hand. On her right is a reusable woven raffia basket, symbolising the good we can do for our environment, and in contrast, on her left, a disposable plastic bag.

Folklore suggests that Emotan protected the Old Benin kingdom by saving the life of the Oba (the Benin king), for which she was deified, and a tree planted in her honour.

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Madeleine Beyers


Curator’s profile

Madeleine Beyers is the Senior Events Coordinator at Make A Difference Leadership Foundation and sources all the art for their national and international auctions.

About Make A Difference Leadership Foundation

Since the inception of Make A Difference Leadership Foundation (MAD Leadership Foundation) in 2003, Founder and Chairman, Francois Pienaar has had the inspiring vision to provide educational access to deserving scholars with leadership potential, who face economic and other barriers.

MAD Leadership Foundation ensures that scholarship recipients not only succeed academically but manifest personal success and positive social engagement traits. Through the support offered to their scholars, MAD Leadership Foundation shapes individuals who will invest back into South Africa – ensuring positive change.

As part of their fundraising activities, MAD Leadership Foundation proudly provides a platform for both established and emerging artists, where they can showcase their work not only locally but to an international market.

The foundation’s goal is to fund 1,000 scholars in this programme. With your support in the form of a monthly donation, as a generous auction bidder, a scholar sponsor, or volunteer mentor, you can make a difference.

For more information about the scholarship programme, visit www.madleadership.org, or contact the team on info@madleadership.org.


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