This category celebrates painters who venture into new frontiers in their work and demonstrate deep imagination and originality. It values artists who explore new methods, subject matter and skills in their work.

Yoka Wright

Yoka Wright lived and worked in Amsterdam in the early 70s. She returned to South Africa in the mid-seventies, and opened her own art gallery in Johannesburg. From 1988 Yoka continued to create works for commissions and collectors, moving toward crossover African-inspired images with textured handmade paper and parchment. The changes brought about in South Africa in 1994 inspired her to create the images entitled Hope, Peace and Freedom that capture the beauty of South Africa and its cultural heritage after the transition. She is acknowledged as one of South Africa’s leading abstract painters.

Catherine Christie

Catherine Christie is a well known abstract artist who captures the beauty of Nature. She explores and reveals the weathering effects of exposure and time – unpredictable, yet certain. There is a sense that change is constant – creation, growth, weathering, erosion, repair, decay and rebirth … The rich surfaces on her canvases reflect the cyclical processes of Life. Catherine Christie’s works have been sold to large corporate companies such as Old Mutual/Discovery, Finsource House, Irish & Ashman amongst many others. Besides taking the corporate and private world by storm, Catherine exhibits her work internationally and in 2006  was nominated South African Woman of the Year in Culture & Arts.

Sharlene Khan

Sharlene Khan has an MFA from the University of Durban Westville and a second one from Wits. She has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Europe, the USA and at home. Her work originally focused on street trade and the large informal economy in South Africa. More recently she has been preoccupied with issues of identity and family history. Although primarily a painter, Sharlene’s works are often presented with a range of media resulting in installations and performance pieces incorporating fashion music and video.