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Paul du Toit is a South African artist who has carved a unique niche in the international arena. Beyond being able to access and be exhibited globally, du Toit has simultaneously continued to create a very personal form of art that has not adjusted itself to the demands of a commercial art market. Du Toit's art is his own; a linear, phantasmic world that he has created from his mind and experiences.
Over the years, he has built up a forest of symbols - his own alphabet of awkward scrawls that spawn off each other. When he creates a work of art, he retains only forms that are appropriate. This combined with the treatment of space and master lines (scratched into wet paint with sticks) result in a desired unity of composition. Primary colours are added on top of the impasto and movement is created by a variation in the dimension of forms in relation to other elements. His work starts out with a line(origination) and ends with a black line defining the pools of colour.
Among the many awards he has received is a medal from the city of Florence in the Biennale Internationale Dell'arte Contemporanea. He was nominated for the Daimler Chrysler Sculpture Award of 2002. He was recently invited to work with former president Nelson Mandela and international musicians on the 46664 campaign.
Paul was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on 31 October 1965
December - Solo exhibition, Wynwood Art District, Miami
"Paul exhibits the series of paper pulp paintings at the Erdmann Contemporary in Cape Town. He presents new works including monumental sculptural pieces at a solo exhibition in Johannesburg. These sculptures represent the culmination and expression of drawing, painting and sculptural techniques that he has developed over many years. His ten years as a professional artist are showcased in a 160-page book, and in a DVD. The exhibition also features a short animation film in collaboration with Josie Borain and Iain Anderson. In October Paul returns to the Dieu Donne Papermill, to explore the next generation of paper works." (Sarah McCarthy)
October - Dieu Donne Papermill, New York City New York.
"Paul has a successful exhibition at the Erdmann Contemporary in Cape Town including works on paper and paintings, as well as painted sculptures made from resin and fibreglass. He also spends a week working at the Dieu Donne Papermill in New York City, creating a series of paintings made from paper pulp to which a colour mixture is applied. Paul creates the Purple Hominid mural at the Cradle of Humankind in Sterkfontein, South Africa. His paintings reflect a new complexity, with multiple figures brought together in different perspectives in the picture plane." (Sarah McCarthy)
October - Dieu Donne Papermill, New York City New York. produced paper pulp paintings in the Broome Street studio
"Paul has his first solo exhibition in New York, curated by Koan Jeff Baysa, whom he had met over the Internet in 1999. The exhibition is reviewed in NY Arts Magazine, and the opening of the exhibition is feat ured in Arts and Antiques Magazine. He also has a solo show in Holland. He does a series of works on paper, in mixed media. They feature a simple stick figure drawn with childlike simplicity, with an upturned 'L' foot, which becomes an important part of Paul's artistic 'alphabet'." (Sarah McCarthy)
September - Galerie Plett, Utrecht, Holland, solo exhibition
"Paul experiments with different media and his palette becomes richer, as he adds subdued, grainy nuances to his signature strong primary colours. Lorette joins the PlanetPaul team fulltime and much of the year is taken up with building a new studio. For the first time Paul has a bright, airy space to work in. Paul starts painting with groups of children at the Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town, becoming a 'Champion of the Children' of the Children's Hospital Trust. He donates work for the annual art auction ball, which fundraises for the hospital." (Sarah McCarthy)December - 12th Art Salon at The Bay, Cape Town, South Africa Group exhibition
November - African Experience Group exhibition, President's Cup Fancourt George, RSA
August - Bell Roberts Contemporary Art Gallery/METTLE Exhibition, Johannesburg Group exhibition
March - Photo Vision Exhibition, Cape Town Festival, Cape Town
"Two of Paul's paintings trade at Sotheby's at well over the reserve price. Christiaan Barnard hosts a solo exhibition of Paul's latest sculptures and paintings, in Johannesburg. Paul exhibits on the American continent for the first time - at the Toronto International Art Fair. Paul and Lorette go to Zanzibar for a holiday. Paul is fascinated by the dhows sailing in and out of the harbour, and makes a number of sketches. On his return he creates a series of bronze sculptures from wire armatures filled with a solid compound. The shapes and lines of these figures are reminiscent of the sails of the dhows, and bring a new element to Paul's painting and sculpture." (Sarah McCarthy)December - 11th Art Salon at The Bay, Cape Town, South Africa, New Beginnings.
October - Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. Solo exhibition.
October - Toronto International Art Fair
December - Florence Biennale of Contemporary Art, Florence Italy Medal Award
December - Bell-Roberts Contemporary Art Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
December - 8th Art Salon at the Bay, Cape Town. Art for the New Century
December - 7th Art Salon at the Bay, Cape Town Opened by National Gallery Director, Marilyn Martin, the show included works by artists like William Kentridge
October - Bang the Gallery, Cape Town. Solo Exhibition, Future Fantastic. Paul introduces a whole new body of work, including Bronze Sculptures for the first time
May - PARIS FRANCE "Visitors from PlanetPaul", Paul's first major solo exhibition opposite the Picasso Museum was an enormous success with a fair percentage of work selling out before the show!
Bang the Gallery, Cape Town "Naked Man Exhibition". Two of Paul's works sold before the show, provoking an unprecedented response from the local media, including talk radio, national magazines and local newspapers.
Marks and Spencer Show, London 5 of Paul's works were included in this prestigious exhibition
March - CNN International Art Club. Paul and his art featured prominently in this week-long series devoted to South Africa
Gallery 88, Sasolburg "Art from the Cape". City Hall, Augsberg, Germany
"Art Beyond Borders", Paul's work was featured in this extremely successful and prestigious exhibition that put the cream of South Africa's artistic talent on the front pages of Augsburg's newspapers
February - South African Virtual Gallery. Sellout Solo Exhibition
1997Groot Constantia Art Gallery, Cape Town Including artists like Peter Clarke
1994Association of Arts, Bellville Cape Town Awarded FIRST PRIZE for BEST ARTIST WITH NO FORMAL TRAINING