As an all female team, August represents a highlight in Eclectica Contemporary’s calendar. Join us as we explore and celebrate the narratives of women from all walks of life on the African continent in our annual, all female, group exhibition titled Freedom = No Fear. This Women’s month we shift our attention to a deep understanding of how society unconsciously leads us to dissect our perceptions of freedom. In addition, we feature the text of Egyptian curator and art economist Sahar Behairy, as part of our ongoing curatorial collective with North African artists.

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Soad Abd Elrasoul

Women stand out in Abd Elrasoul’s work, as one of the main sources of her creations. She delves into an exploration of the relationship between women, culture and society’s system of values, in her use of women’s image; she deliberately chooses not to focus on the female esthetical beauty, but rather, the issues this gender faces. Souad delivers her message through constant merging between two themes, which she believes are closely related: the concept of space and the concept of women’s place in it. Woman are often forced to evolve and grow in an oppressive environment which restricts their living space and their life choices. Her approach re-conceptualizes the way we perceive space and repurposes our very notions of the female body, of nature, and the concept of liberty itself.

Soad Abd Elrasoul
The yellow crocodile
2021
Oil on Canvas
95 x 95 cm

Souad Abd Elrasoul | 2021 |Eclectica Contemporary | Art Gallery | Cape Town |

Soad Abd Elrasoul
Woman here to stay
2021
Oil on Canvas
190 x 145 cm

Soad Abd Elrasoul
Let me talk
2021
Oil on Canvas
40 x 40 cm

Soad Abd Elrasoul
The hidden man
2021
Oil on Canvas
40 x 40 cm

Souad Mardam Bey

Mardam Bey’s practice transcends notions of time, place, and gender, and her paintings do not appear to be from a certain time, but rather refers to a liminal space without coordinates. A real sense of ethereal is imbued in her paintings, where one cannot infer whether the figure is male or female, and this brings a mysterious beauty to her characters and emphasizes the artists expansive imagination. Mardam Bey’s oversized canvases are covered with layers of emotion, texture, details and undercurrents which adorn her subjects. She places emphasis on her subject’s eyes which leave the viewer spellbound as they look for connection. Her art draws our attention to their deep understanding of how society unconsciously mobilizes our thought processes and leads us to dissect our perceptions of freedom.

Souad Mardam Bey
Eve
2017
Oil and mixed media on Canvas and wood
180 x 140 cm

Souad Mardam Bey
The Rabbit
2017
Oil and mixed media on canvas
and wood
60 x 80 cm

Souad Mardam Bey
Somewhere Else
2017
Oil and mixed media on Canvas and wood
90 x 150 cm

Souad Mardam Bey
The New Dress
2017
Oil and mixed media on Canvas
50 x 100 cm

Mmabatho Grace Mokalapa

Mmabatho Grace Mokalapa was born in Soweto (1992), where Mokalapa displayed an interest in art and science since her early childhood, which is evident in her work today. Mokalapa’s work is focused on the subjective experience(s) of spaces. Her interests lie in spatial voids and spaces that are often depersonalized, infinite and yet also uncanny and transcendental. Mokalapa’s work draws from an interest in how our psyche and ideas of “self” are transformed through an encounter with an external stimulus. She believes that transcendental space, have the ability to affect our perception and understanding of our bodies within them and of reality, space and time.

Mokalapa graduated in 2015 with a BA degree in Fine Arts and later became a recipient of The Studio Bursary at Assemblage Studios funded by the African Arts Trust. She is now currently based and practicing in Johannesburg.

Mmabatho Grace Mokalapa | 2021 | Eclectica Contemporary | art gallery | Cape Town |

Mmabatho Grace Mokalapa
Voids of Nihility
2021
Acrylic paint and gel medium on artist board
80 x 80 cm

Mmabatho Grace Mokalapa | 2021 | Eclectica Contemporary | art gallery | Cape Town |

Mmabatho Grace Mokalapa
Transcending Voids
2021
Acrylic paint and gel medium on artist board
80 x 80 cm

Mmabatho Grace Mokalapa | 2021 | Eclectica Contemporary | art gallery | Cape Town |

Mmabatho Grace Mokalapa
Dimensional Shifts
2021
Acrylic paint and gel medium on artist board
60 x 60 cm

Mmabatho Grace Mokalapa | 2021 | Eclectica Contemporary | art gallery | Cape Town |

Mmabatho Grace Mokalapa
Pull of the Void
2021
Acrylic paint and gel medium on artist board
60 x 60 cm

Fatimah Tayob

Fatima Tayob Moosa was born in 1983 in Johannesburg, South Africa. She received a BA Interior Design in 2008 at the Greenside Design Center, College of Design in Johannesburg and in 2018, completed a BA Hons Fine Art at the University of Hertfordshire in Edinburg through the Interactive Design Insitute. She was a participant of the 2019 RMB Talent Unlocked Program in association with Vansa and Assemblage where her work was shown at the Turbine Art Fair. She has taken part in numerous group shows locally and took part in the Amsterdam art festival with The Center for the Less Good Idea. In 2019 she was invited by the South African Foundation of Contemporary Art to take part in a 6 week residency in Knysna on Entabeni Farm, South Africa.

Fatima is a process-based artist who works in multiple media including, yet not limited to painting, drawing and photography, with a focus on the idea of how elements can evolve to create new narratives and meaning. Her practice is strongly inspired by the relationship between physical and metaphysical energy which she explores through process and materiality. Fatima currently lives and works in Johannesburg with a studio based at August House.

Fatima Tyob
Visceral Organ 4
2021
Oil, heat,fabric and
beeswax on canvas
107 x 144cm (framed)

Fatima Tyob
Submission & Strenth
2021
Oil, heat,fabric and
beeswax on canvas
112 x 87cm

Fatima Tyob
Visceral Organ 2
2021
Oil, heat,fabric and
beeswax on canvas
50 x 60cm

Sue Greeff

Greeff completed her BA(FA) (2015) at the Michaelis School of Fine Art and currently lives and works in Cape Town. Greeff has participated in a number of solo and group shows and her work is held in private collections locally and internationally. Her artistic practice looks at the crossovers between biology, psychology and art. Her fascination with the body and mind stems from her experiences as a midwife, psychiatric nurse and mother. She draws reference from art history as well as iconography borrowed from popular culture, news footage and social media.

South African nurse turned fine artist, offers an opportunity to retrace a personal history of Nursing in South Africa while contributing to the ongoing conversation of a global pandemic. Comprised of a series of portraits drawn from photographs in her personal archive, the exhibition is an exploration of her own memories of Nursing in the late 70’s and 80’s, whist offering an opportunity to reflect on the events of the past year.

Sue Greeff
Nurses Night Off
2020
digitally manipulated print
overpainted in oil
48 x 47 cm

Sue Greeff
Make Love not War
2020
digitally manipulated print
overpainted in oil
19.5 x 24.5 cm

Yasmine Yacoubi

Yasmine Yacoubi’s 25-year painting journey has been across 4 continents, marked by varying developmental stages and using a diversity of techniques. That journey has now culminated in a focus on the vitality and the forces of nature. Her surrounds and their continuous transformations are her main sources of both fascination and inspiration.  What guides her has always been what she sees, hears and touches around her.

Yasmine Yacoubi was born in Germany, grew up in Morocco and studied in France. She attended numerous painting workshops in Melbourne, from when she first arrived there in 1997. Yacoubi first exhibited in 2008, in Santiago, Chile where she lived for eight years. Since arriving in Cape Town a decade ago, she has enjoyed immersing herself in the local artistic community, attending various workshops and participating in group exhibitions.

Yasmine Yacoubi
Sister, beloved
2020
Oil on board
92 x 52 cm

Nina Holmes

Holmes is a Cape Town-based artist who completed her Post Graduate Diploma (2017) with distinction at the Michaelis School of Fine Art. She has had two solo exhibitions with Eclectica Contemporary and was featured in the 2020 Investec Cape Town Art Fair solo section.

Following for the inevitable influence of found images, photographs and the borrowing of techniques and inspirations from other paintings, Nina Holmes works loosely and around expectations. Holme’s paintings are never limited to canvas and oil. Instead they push the formal, rigid canon of painting. She enjoys working on multiple paintings at the same time, with work spread out across her studio in Woodstock. The working process is occasionally accompanied by a grand symphonic soundtrack and sometimes with silence. There is careful thinking and intense working through various influences and concepts.

Nina Holmes | 2021 | Eclectica Contemporary | Gallery | Cape Town |

Nina Holmes
Self portrait with Flamingos
2021
Oil on Canvas
300 x 200 cm

Nina Holmes | 2021 | Eclectica Contemporary | Gallery | Cape Town |

Nina Holmes
The Waiting
2021
Oil on canvas
xcm

Nina Holmes | 2021 | Eclectica Contemporary | Gallery | Cape Town |

Nina Holmes
Widgets
2021
Acrylic and oil on textile
68,5 x 51 cm

Nina Holmes | 2021 | Eclectica Contemporary | Gallery | Cape Town |

Nina Holmes
Finding Family
2021
oil on textile
76,5 x 61,4 cm

Helena Hugo

Helena Hugo has accumulated recognition around the world, her work displayed in both corporate and private collections. She has participated in numerous solo and group shows, some of which where she was a finalist includes: the BP Portrait Award, the Sasol New Signatures Competition, Johannesburg and Absa L’Atelier Competition, South Africa. Helena Hugo use photographs as reference material to initially sketch out a rough drawing with charcoal. Only after this first conceptualisation of the future artwork, she starts the process of drawing with pastel, giving her portraits a smooth texture. Colour, although carefully considered as part of the presentation of her work, becomes secondary to her emphasis on technical accuracy, strong draughtsmanship and detail in line and texture.

Helena Hugo | 2020 | Eclectica Contemporary | Gallery | Cape Town |

Helena Hugo
Stuffed for Posterity
2019
Pastel on wooden board
112 x 100 cm

Alet Swarts

Simultaneously incongruous and familiar, Alet Swarts’ paintings are filled with metaphorical images, textures and patterns. These are sometimes presented out of context, to suggest ambiguity and create deliberate juxtaposition. Intricate compositions feature birds, flowers and networks of botanical patterns alongside landscapes which explore depth-of field through delicate water droplets. They are painted in great detail, with meditative precision and intensity, as a contradiction to the lightness and fleetingness of the moments they represent. Swarts is a full time Pretoria based visual artist and she has participated in numerous local exhibitions. 

Alet Swarts
A thread of colour

2020
Oil on Belgian linen
32 x 32 cm

Alet Swarts
When the cannon fires

2020
Oil on Belgian linen
32 x 32 cm

Alexia Vogel

The painted worlds of Alexia Vogel translate the lush, fantasy scapes of Romanticism and the sublime into a contemporary realm. Her immersive canvases exudes a sense of longing for past worlds and evokes a feeling of Nostalgia in the viewer.  With her mark making directed by gesture and spontaneity, Vogel allows the materiality of the paint and its autonomous movement across the surface of the canvas to direct her process. Moments of lucidity dissolve into states of hazy meditation as the artist intuitively shifts between abstraction and figuration.

Alexia Vogel
Jungle Glow II

2019
Oil on Canvas
150 x 140 cm

(courtesy of Barnard Gallery)

Raja Oshi
Bride 1
2021
Collage and mixed media on canvas
70 x 155cm

Raja Oshi
Bride 2
2021
Collage and mixed media on canvas
70 x 155cm

Raja Oshi
Bride 3
2021
Collage and mixed media on canvas
70 x 155cm

Raja Oshi
Waiting for the rain
2021
Acrylic and Ink on Paper
85 x 60 cm

Raja Oshi
Bride
2021
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 77 cm