Paul du Toit
and Beezy Bailey will together display
their most recent artwork in a two-man exhibition in Sasolburg at Gallery 88,
over the month of September 1999.
Joining Paul at Gallery 88 will be Cape Town based artist, Beezy Bailey.
This is not the first time Paul and Beezy have exhibited together. Both artists were
invited to exhibit at the "Art Beyond Borders" exhibition in Augsburg Germany in
March of 1998. This extremely successful and prestigious exhibition put the cream of
South Africa's independent artistic talent on the front pages of Augsburg's newspapers.
The two-man exhibition will run from Saturday, 4th September until Saturday, 25th
Beezy Bailey's work is represented in the South African National
Gallery's permanent collection and he has exhibited in countless group shows in S.A,
Europe and the U.S.A. After meeting the late Andy Warhol in the 70's, Beezy decided
to devote all his time to art and collaborated later with David Bowie in New York where
they worked together on more than 50 paintings.
Beezy's tools range from angle grinders to chainsaws
and he works in all the different mediums. "When it comes to commenting on the
paintings that will be shown at Gallery 88, I feel that I am more of a conduit than source
in the creation and it is up to the viewer to make interpretations", says Beezy about
his upcoming exhibition in Sasolburg.
Paul du Toit's
work has captured the imagination of the media and public
alike. Up until 1997, Paul du Toit was an artist who made a living as a software
developer in the computer industry. Today, admirers have hailed 33-year-old Paul as
a 'revolutionary artist' because his art has a positive energy that has captured the
imagination of art lovers everywhere. Paul never knows what the end result of a
painting will be when he first begins to work on it, he explains: "I never
pre-plan or pre-draw my paintings, I use a technique called Impasto*
which involves scratching into wet paint with the sharpened end of an old paint brush and
then applying layers of colour". Paul has exhibited all around the world including
Paris, London and Germany.
Paul describes himself as a "Protean monster who deliberately and
randomly shifts the goalposts of visual creation." In short, just when you think you
know what's going on, the whole picture changes! The denatured faces and forms that
are characteristic of modern art are fully present in Paul's art and although his
intention is to fracture visual expectations, he remains true at all times to two
important principles being, perspective and balanced proportion. Paul's art is
reminiscent of Picasso; with seemingly important objects being depicted in an
unconventional manner using clearly defined outlines. "To look at art without
prejudice is to understand and transcend the present moment", says Paul.
Although based in Cape Town, Paul maintains contact with art lovers around the world by
means of the World Wide Web. Paul calls his internet link and website the nerve
center of his business, "The internet levels the playing field", he says,
"I have access to the same and in some cases more information which was previously
only available to a select few. It is a vital part of my business." The
Internet has the freedom to empower independent artists without any constraints.
Paul du Toit has entitled the body of work he will be exhibiting at Gallery 88 'The
Responsive Eye' and he describes his work which will be exhibited as: "A show of
paintings with special optical effects." Paul explains further by saying that:
"Art is simply a visual language that transcends literacy and speaks directly to the
Don't miss out on this opportunity to view the most recent work of these two exceptional
artists, heading full-force into the new millennium!
*Impasto - Art Technique of laying on paint thickly (Italian)