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ROBERT SLINGSBY
Cut Backs


ROBERT SLINGSBY
Land-No-Escape


ROBERT SLINGSBY
Blind Insight


ROBERT SLINGSBY
Inner Circle


ROBERT SLINGSBY
Untitled 'Face Series' #2


ROBERT SLINGSBY
Untitled 'Face Series' #3


ROBERT SLINGSBY
Untitled 'Face Series' #1


ROBERT SLINGSBY
True colours


ROBERT SLINGSBY
Outline


ROBERT SLINGSBY
Displaced


ROBERTS SLINGSBY
Strapped Ostrich


ROBERT SLINGSBY
Just Injustice #4


ROBERT SLINGSBY
Just Injustice #5


ROBERT SLINGSBY
Just Injustice #2


ROBERT SLINGSBY
Just Injustice #1


ROBERT SLINGSBY
Just Injustice #3


ROBERT SLINGSBY
CC Unlimited Power series


ROBERT SLINGSBY
Departure Point


ROBERT SLINGSBY
Day on a theme park

Artist's Statement

"Robert Slingsbly is truly an artist of our time and beyond his time; his career has spanned over three decades in which he has constantly worked to find the truth in the world he has evolved in through his paintings and sculpture.

To understand Robert's work, he invites his audience to trace their roots back to the ancients and even further, to the beginning of man and their first engravings on rocks.  He has documented these original symbols and geometric spiral depictions by recording their history and the mystery behind them in his powerful paintings. Robert's work is full of energy, and was originally portrayed in his blatant use of colour and thickness of paint, allowing the surface to be engraved, so that every line led you into the depth of his painting, asking you to explore the mystery behind the conception of the geometric spirals and brutal but ever evolving beautiful Africa, which he loves so much.

Having worked with Robert Slingsby over a number of years, it has been an academic journey watching his work take its rightful place on the World Art Stage. His current paintings continue along the same path, but have advanced in subject, style and technique."

Sandie Lowry, Square One Gallery, London

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Robert Slingsby - An Overview

Cape Town artist, Robert Slingsby’s career has spanned more than  three decades, in which subject, style and technique have undergone significant changes and advances.

But, underlying it all has been his obsessive fascination with the ancient rock paintings or petroglyphs; those mysterious, non-figurative images to be found in the Richtersveld (near the Orange River, on South Africa’s  north-western border) and other world sites.   Although his work has evolved as he has developed his own alphabet of petroglyphs, the core of the inspiration behind his works remains the story on the rocks – a sub-text that informs his extensive and dynamic oevre of paintings and sculpture.  

In Comic Affair, a highly charged painting done in 2007, Slingsby alludes to the current climate of global insecurity - resulting from  terrorist threats- that has seen the emergence of a paranoid society. On his frequent travels last year to attend a number of his international exhibitions, he felt confronted by the constant surveillance at airports and in the streets, as well as by the  feeling of being exposed  and  intimidated by ‘big brother’ threats, real or perceived. The presence of female nudes in this work  expresses feelings of invasion of privacy and vulnerability, of being absorbed into a way of life that is beyond our control.  The imagery includes familiar objects such as aeroplanes, suitcases and nudes in a setting in the midst of conveyor belts, satellites and surveillance  equipment – all superimposed over a substructure of images inspired by the petroglyphs.

Slingsby’s latest body.of work, produced in 2008, has been influenced by a recent visit to China.‘ The visual discourse lies in emulating the Chinese ability to reflect that which is personal in their art – where a place can become an experience, and an experience a place’, comments the artist.

In these new works – such as Take A Ride - his signature technique dictates the quintessentially linear style of his painting: his preoccupation with line as found in the geometric shapes of the rock art of the Richtersveld.


Biography

After thirty years of being an artist, there are few who can rival his focus, dedication and dynamism in the production of art. The story starts decades ago, when Robert discovered, as a small child, both his talent for drawing and his affinity for Africa in the form of rock-art and artefacts.

By the time Robert left school, he was ready to have his first solo exhibition at a prestigious gallery. Against a background of disturbing politics and a need to further his art education, he left for Holland, to study at the Vrije Akademie in Den Haag for five years. Although these were not easy years for a South African in Holland due to the total cultural boycott of South Africa, Robert nevertheless managed to carve out the beginnings of a highly successful career there and returned to South Africa after over twenty solo exhibitions to his credit in the art-literate European society. Despite the odds, he managed to further what was now clearly the beginning of a long career as an artist.

Over the decades, various phases in his art can be recognised. Initially he may have been regarded as a surrealist, inspired by the likes of Salvador Dali. Following that was a period of hyperrealism, where he was acknowledged as being one of Holland's top "Fyn-schilders". The subject matter at this time included a Slingsby character called a ballman. This character was used to portray the greed and vulgarity of mankind. The ballman evolved into his compartmentalised face period. Inspired by Picasso, it can actually be identified as a feature of his art that is always present in some way or another.

Back in South Africa, Robert was able to rekindle his love of the African desert and rock art. He embarked on the beginning of what was to be countless field trips where he photographically recorded the rock art of the Richtersveld. It was inevitable that some day it would intrude into his work. This point in time was reached virtually overnight, probably the most dramatic swing from one period to the next. For many years, Robert's art was devoted to the petroglyph images, rendered as he imagined the mind of the ancients may have seen these images in altered states of consciousness. Just as it was inevitable his art would encompass this art form, so it was inevitable that he would seek an explanation for these mysterious non-figurative engravings that so cunningly always avoided the obvious in their design.

This led him on a journey that would last his lifetime. Although his work has evolved as he has developed his own alphabet of petroglyphs through his immense knowledge of the subject, the core of the inspiration behind his works remains the story on the rocks. In order to understand, he has travelled to many parts of the world, looking at other rock engravings. He has also taken this journey much further through his research by voracious reading on the subject. The journey has included not just images on rocks, but ancient texts and their various interpretations. As literature by different authors becomes available, so his understanding deepens and grows.

The dynamism and depth of his art has led him to be recognised by academics and gallerists worldwide. He has been invited to participate in exhibitions as far afield as the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Hong Kong and many parts of Europe. His work has proved to be a dialogue that is universally accepted. Besides the important exhibitions that Slingsby has participated in over the years, there have been other significant markers in his career. He is included in the current textbook that is part of the curriculum for all school art students. He is acknowledged in numerous academic books on Southern African rock art for his contribution in the recording of rock-art and its influence in his art. An enormous petroglyph painting forms a permanent, main display at the William Humphries Museum in Kimberley. He has facilitated many workshops in both painting and sculpting techniques for local NGO's. He has raised the one of highest figures ever attained by a living South African artist through the auction of an artwork of his for the benefit of the Nelson Mandela Mocambique Flood Fund. He has forged international ties with the European Art Foundation through Sir Richard Demarco and his personal interest in Robert's art. This has led to opportunities such as being the first South African artist in twenty-seven years to be invited to hold a solo exhibition at the Edinburgh Festival.

Robert is an articulate, colourful and knowledgeable man, whose creative courage has even influenced the style of everything he surrounds himself with. This has made him and his home and studio a sought-after subject, and he has consequently featured in many home-décor magazines and television programmes such as CNN Arts club and features by the French photojournalist Solvi dos Santos.

Robert's work is also represented world-wide in both public and private collections, including the personal collection of the famous American family of Wyeth artists.

Public Collections Include

        ABSA
        Pietersburg Art Museum
        Artoteek, Dutch Municipal Collection
        Witwatersrand University Collection
        William Humphries Museum
        SASOL Public Collection
        South African Reserve Bank
        Investec Bank
        Telkom
        Cape of Good Hope Bank Sanlam Public Collection
        Department of Foreign Affairs
        South African Embassy, Brussels
        Metropolitan
        Bunders Bank, Germany
        Coronation
        Pepsica
        Rand Merchant Bank
        SANTAM
        Seeff Holdings
        Deutsche Bank, Johannesburg

Major Exhibitions Include

2008
        Working on major pieces for future planned exhibitions; after recovering from breaking "painting" arm.
        Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town

2007
        June 19th - Square One Gallery, London, one man show
        May 21st - The Gallery, London
        March - Rus en Vrede, Cape Town Arts Festival
        Various group shows including Cologne, New York and Cape Town
        Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town

2006
        December - Square One Gallery, London
        December - Rose Korber's Art Salon, Cape Town
        30th November - Hout Street Gallery, Paarl
        24th November - Art International, Bahamas - group exhibition curated by Princess Azamat Guirey
        November - Visit from World Presidents Organisation to the studio
        YPO auctioned Slingsby painting which raised over $69,900.00 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre
        August - Springbok "Woman - Roots of Namaqualand"
        Art International, Nassau, Bahamas (November)

2005
        Selected as a finalist in Brett Kebble Art Competition Exhibition that was cancelled as a result of his untimely death.
        Art international group show Nassau, Bahamas
        Bell-Roberts Contemporary Art Gallery - Cape Town
        'Art Salon' Bay Hotel, Cape Town
        Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town

2004
        Finalist in Brett Kebble Art Competition Exhibition
        'Art Salon' Bay Hotel, Cape Town
        Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town

2003
        Researching Stones of Africa
        Exhibiting in Korea
        'Art Salon' Bay Hotel, Cape Town
        Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town

2002
        'Art Salon' Bay Hotel, Cape Town
        Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town

2001
        Air Gallery, London
        Richard De Marco - On the Road to Meikle Seggie, as part of the Venice Bienale
        Research in Egypt
        'Art Salon' Bay Hotel, Cape Town
        Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town

2000
        Richard De Marco - On the Road to Meikle Seggie
        Edinburgh City Art Gallery, Edinburgh
        HANOVER EXPO 2000: GERMANY
        Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, U.K.
        Slingsby Painting in Collaboration with YPO UNIVERSITY 2000 raises $250,000.00
        'Art Salon' Bay Hotel, Cape Town
        Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town
1999
        Osborne Gallery, London
        Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh
        Edinburgh Festival - First South African artist in twenty-seven years to be invited.
        Invited to Malta
        Research in Egypt and Malta
        'Art Salon' Bay Hotel, Cape Town
        Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town

1998
        Hout Bay Gallery, Cape Town
        Klein Karroo Festival, Oudtshoorn
        Lisbon Expo, Portugal
        Art Beyond Borders, Augsberg, Germany
        CNN Arts Club Interview
        EKHAYA, Travelling Exhibition to Tsoga-Langa, Uluntu, Guguletu.
        Sun Gallery, Cape Town
        Primart, Cape Town
        Gallery 88, Sasolburg
        IKHAYE, African Studies, University of Cape Town
        Bang the Gallery, Cape Town
        Hout Bay Gallery, Cape Town
        IDASA Gallery, Cape Town
        Worcester Association of Arts, Worcester
        'Art Salon' Bay Hotel, Cape Town
        Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town

1997
        Groot Constantia Art Gallery, Cape Town
        Kunskamer, Cape Town
        Red Code, Perth, Australia
        'Art Salon', Bay Hotel, Camps Bay
        Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town

1996
        Association of Arts, Cape Town
        Robben Island Memorial Sculpture
        The Arts Association of Belville
        Primart, Cape Town
        Gallery 68, Cape Town
        Primart, Cape Town
        Gallery Atlantic, Cape Town
        Code Red, Perth, Australia
        'Art Salon' Bay Hotel, Cape Town
        Constantia Village Gallery, Cape Town
        Chelsea Gallery
        Kronendal Restaurant, Hout Bay
        Volkskas Atelier Finalist, SAAA
        'Art Salon', Bay Hotel, Camps Bay
        Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town

1995
        Primart, Cape Town
        BMW Pavilion, Cape Town
        Chelsea Gallery, Cape Town
        Sisonke Association of Arts, Mitchells Plain
        Bellville Association of Arts
        'Art Salon' Bay Hotel, Cape Town
        Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town

1994
        SA Cultural History Museum, Cape Town
        Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg
        Quid Novi Gallery, Germany
        Seeff Trust Gallery, Cape Town
        V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
        'Art Salon' Bay Hotel, Cape Town
        Sembach Gallery, Cape Town
        World Convention Centre, Singapore
        World Trade Centre, Hong Kong
        Very Special Arts Gallery, Washington D.C.
        Primart, Cape Town
        'Art Salon' Bay Hotel, Cape Town
        Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town

1993
        University of Stellenbosch Gallery, Stellenbosch
        Chelsea Gallery, Cape Town
        Art Scene, Cape Town
        Skylight Gallery, Cape Town
        Constantia Village Gallery, Cape Town
        Primart, Cape Town
        'Cape Town Arts Festival' V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
        Made in Wood: Works from the Western Cape , SANG
        South African Association of Arts, Pretoria
        De Oude Drostdy Museum, Tulbagh
        Visual Arts Foundation, Johannesburg
        Bell 'Art, Cape Town
        'Art Salon' Bay Hotel, Cape Town
        Seeff Trust Gallery, Cape Town
        Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town

1992
        Primart, Cape Town
        Chelsea Gallery, Cape Town
        Feathers Gallery, Cape Town
        'Art Salon' Bay Hotel, Cape Town
        Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town
 
1991
        Chelsea Gallery, Cape Town
        Primart, Cape Town
        Gallery International, Cape Town
        SANLAM Collection, Baxter Gallery, Cape Town
        South African Association of Arts
        Baxter Gallery, Cape Town
        Chelsea Gallery, Cape Town
        Labia Gallery, Cape Town
        Art Scene, Cape Town
        William Humphries Art Museum, Kimberly
        '20 Years of S.A. Art' Kunskamer, Cape Town
        Art Salon' Bay Hotel, Cape Town
        Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town
 
1990
        Gallery International, Cape Town
        Gallery 709, Cape Town
        Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town

1989
        Chelsea Gallery, Cape Town
        Johannes Stegman Art Gallery, Bloemfontein
        Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
        Natalie Knight Gallery, Johannesburg
        Jane se Kunshuis, Paarl
        Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
        Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town

1988
        'The Sasol Art Collection', Rand Afrikans University RAU
        Durbanville Cultural Museum
        University of Stellenbosch Gallery, Stellenbosch
        Chelsea Gallery, Cape Town
        Art Scene, Cape Town
        Skylight Gallery, Cape Town
        'Art Salon' Cape Town
        Primart Gallery, Cape Town
        Constantia Village Gallery, Cape Town
        Chelsea Gallery, Cape Town
        Volkskas Atelier Finalist, SAAA
        Kronendal Restaurant, Cape Town
        Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town

1987
        Cape Town Festival
        Chelsea Gallery, Cape Town
        Volkskas Atelier Finalist, SAAA
        Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town

1986
        Volkskas Atelier Finalist, SAAA
        Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town

1985
        'Tributaries - a View of Contemporary SA Art' for BMW RSA, Touring Germany
        Cape Town Triennial Competition Finalist, SANG
        Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town

1984
        'Masterworks on Paper' SANG, Cape Town
        Gallery 21, Johannesburg
        Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town

1983
        Gowlett Gallery, Cape Town
        SA Contemporary Realism, Pretoria Art Museum
        South African Association of Arts
        Gowlett Gallery, Cape Town
        Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town

1982
        Gowlett Gallery, Cape Town
        Goodman Gallery, Cape Town
        Cape Town Triennial
        South African Association of Arts
        Atlantic Art Gallery, Cape Town

1981
        'Toys' The Hague, Holland
        La Tertulia, Amsterdam, Holland

1980
        Sheraton Hotel, Amsterdam, Holland

1979
        Posthoorn, Den Haag, Holland

1978
        Gallery Galjoen, S'Hertogenboch, Holland
        Gallery '77, Ijsselstein, Holland
        Nederlandse Fijnschilders, t'Kunsthuis, V H Ooste, Holland
        Gallery Ploemp, Delft, Holland

1976
        Gallery International, Cape Town

1975
        Award in New Signature competition

1972
        First exhibition in Diocesion College - Bishops Art Loft

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