Bio & CV

Kate Arthur (b. 1985) is a South African artist working in various mediums including painting, drawing and printmaking.  Her recent practice has shifted towards more intuitive processes of abstraction, experimentation and play, although she maintains a longstanding interest in portraiture, identity politics and representations of the body.  She has exhibited in various group shows around the country and in 2017 she won first and second place in the Sanlam National Portrait Award.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS, FAIRS & COMPETITIONS

2020: The Portrait Show, curated by Musa Nxumalo, Everard Read/CIRCA, Johannesburg

2019: In the flesh (solo), Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville

2019: The invisible realm of possibility, curated by John McNorton, FIAP Jean Monnet, Paris

2019: Gloss, Infecting the City: Public Arts Festival, Institute for Creative Arts, Cape Town

2019: Kind of blue, David Krut Projects, Johannesburg

2019: Anon, curated by Sarah Jayne Fell, Pop Up Place, Cape Town

2018: Saltwater (solo), Cubicle Series, Everard Read/CIRCA, Cape Town

2018: Cape Town Art Fair, Clarke's Bookshop, Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town

2018: Sunday Service, curated by Heinrich Groenewald and Brett Charles Seiler, GUS, Stellenbosch

2018: BOTANICA, curated by Adele van Heerden, Art.b Gallery, Bellville

2018: SAME SAME, Gallery One11, Cape Town

2018: Body Politic: Transformation (performance), Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Cape Town

2018: Rain Dance, The Voorkamer Gallery, Chandler House, Cape Town

2017: Sanlam Portrait Award (winner), Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville

2017: People and Portraiture, Everard Read/CIRCA, Cape Town

2017: Pop Up // Joburg, Warren Editions, 44 Stanley, Johannesburg

2017: Array, curated by Isabella Kuijers, The Gallery at Taj, Cape Town

2017: A Panel of Patrons, Julia Meintjes Fine Art, Tokara Winery, Stellenbosch

2017: Potblou Blou Pot, Woordfees Festival, Stellenbosch University Gallery, Stellenbosch

2017: Cape Town Art Fair, Warren Edition, Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town

2016: Things You Can Tell (solo), The Voorkamer Gallery, Chandler House, Cape Town

2016: Barclays L’Atelier Western Cape Exhibition (regional finalist), Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville

2016: Turbine Art Fair, Warren Editions, Turbine Hall, Johannesburg

2016: HB, The Voorkamer Gallery, Chandler House, Cape Town
2016: Fugly, The Voorkamer Gallery, Chandler House, Cape Town
2016: Opening Exhibition, Loading Bay Gallery, Durban
2016: BUZZART2016, KZNSA Gallery, Durban
2015: Sanlam Portrait Award (Top 40),
Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville

2015: THAT ART FAIR, Salt River Parkade, Cape Town

2015: P!nk, The Voorkamer Gallery, Chandler House, Cape Town
2015: Anthropology III, Breathing Space Gallery, Durban
2015: Min of Meer ’n Meermin / More or Less a Mermaid, Kamersvol Geskenke, City Hall, Cape Town
2015: He Sells Seascapes By The Seashore, The Voorkamer Gallery, Chandler House, Cape Town

2015: Wet Paint, The Voorkamer Gallery, Chandler House, Cape Town
2015: Frida Mash-Up, Alex Hamilton Studio Gallery, Cape Town
2014: Drawingrooms (solo), City Soirée, Cape Town
2014: Open City Event Vol. II, Church Square, Cape Town
2008: Epicene (performance) by Joni Barnard, New Voices Program, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown

2008: ABSA L’Atelier Awards (finalist), Johannesburg

2008: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Biennale (finalist), Port Elizabeth

2007: Sasol New Signatures Competition (finalist), Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria

2007: Rhodes University Student Exhibition, Department of Fine Art, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
2006: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Biennale (finalist), Port Elizabeth

2006: stART Exhibition (co-curator), Student Arts Festival, St Aidan’s Cathedral, Grahamstown
2005: Rhodes University Student Exhibition, Department of Fine Art, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
2004: Rhodes University Student Exhibition, Department of Fine Art, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown

RESIDENCIES

2019: Drawing Research Residency, DRAWinternational (Caylus) and L'AiR Arts (Paris), France

SELECTED ONLINE MEDIA

2018: Jameson Indie Channel, 'Love over fear: Kate Arthur paints tributes to queer bodies'

2017: NBC OUT, 'South African artist furthers queer visibility with body portraits'

2016: Between 10and5, 'Painting queer bodies in Kate Arthur’s latest work'

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