African Art South Africa
African art is both ancient and diverse, from the cave paintings of early man to a new generation of innovative artists. Popular themes in African artwork emphasise the dominance of both the human figure and tradition. An example of this can be seen in many representations mothers and children, revealing the high importance of family and the role of women in an African context.
Popular African Art by South African artists includes those by Mauro Chiarla, Wallace Hulley, Selwyn Pekeur, Katherine Ambrose and Frank Ross, amongst others.
African art reflects the wonderful diversity of the continent, and is an inspired legacy of the jumble of humanity who live, work and dream in the wide open expanses of Africa. Contemporary African artists continue to emulate the traditional themes that have defined the genre over time in a selection of evocative art works. Read more
African Artists influencing Great Masters
Interestingly enough, African art was identified by some of the most influential artists in history as the catalyst for the emergence of the modernist movements. Great masters including Picasso, Gauguin, Von Gogh and Matisse were entranced by the simplistic abstraction of African art and emulated the primitive naivety of the genre. Read more