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  • Me, Myself and I – Stuart Trent portraits

    Me, Myself and I – Stuart Trent portraits

    Tue, Mar 13, 2018

    Event:             Me, Myself and I Stuart Trent portraits
    When:              23 February to 29 April 2018
    Opening:          Wednesday, 28 February 2018 at 18:30
    Where:             South Gallery, Pretoria Art Museum
    Cnr Francis Baard and Wessels Street, Arcadia Park, Arcadia

    Stuart Trent, owner of the Trent Gallery in Pretoria, began his own collection of portraits, all with the same subject, himself, after being inspired by the Belgian artist Francis Alÿs's fascination with portraits. Alÿs spent 15 years looking through flea markets and junk shops in Britain, continental Europe, Mexico and the United States searching for replicas of the minor French painter Jean-Jacques Henner's original painting of Saint Fabiola. In 2009, the National Portrait Gallery in London exhibited 300 of Alÿs's collected portraits, creating an unexpected, original and thoughtful installation that filled every inch of the walls.

    Trent began asking South African artists who crossed his path to create portraits of him. The portraits are in various mediums, sizes and styles, and feature portraits by artists such as Titus Matiyane, Tommie Motswai, Diane Victor, Guy du Toit, Norman Catherine and Banele Khoza. Trent's collection has grown to about 223 artworks by 179 artists. The latest additions feature Nhlanhla Nhlapho, Greg Scultz, Kristin Hau Yang and John Robberts.

    Each portrait is tellingly different in each unique style of interpretation. Interestingly, as one looks at each portrait, one takes in the technical ability of each artist (even though some are not executed as well as others) as well as how each artist aimed to capture an element that makes up Stuart Trent. This essentially offers viewers a look into Trent's own art-inspired world. Trent plans to grow the collection until it is fully fledged.

    Artists' portraits in the collection:
    Adele Potgieter, Adriaan Diedericks, Alet Pretorius, Alex Hamilton, Allen Laing, Althea Purnell, Amita Makan, Andre Naude, Anna Liebenberg, Annemarie Wessels, Annette Pretorius, Ashleigh Comins, Azael Langa, Banele Khoza, Barbara-Anne van Wyk, Barry van der Westhuizen, Benjamin Mitchley, Bernard Brand, Branko Dimitrov, Brendan Erasmus, Carl Jeppe, Carl Roberts, Carla Crafford, Casper de Vries, Cedrik Tricomi, Christa van Staden, Cicero Carstens, Clare Menck, Claude Chandler, Cobus Oosthuizen, Cow Mash (Kgaogelo Mashilo), Craig Muller, Dalene Meyer, Dani Malan, Daniel Eugene Botha, Diane Victor, Diek Grobler, Dylan Graham, Elbie Erasmus, Elma Bredell, Eric Duplan, Erica Fraser, Erna Bodenstein, Erna de Villiers, Esther Mahlangu, Etienne Labuschagne, Eugenie Marais, Floris van Zyl, Fred Claassen, George Martens, Greg Shultz, Gunther van der Reis, Guy du Toit, Hannalie Taute, Hannes Elsenbroek, Hardus Koekemoer, Heidi Fourie, Helena Hugo, Hendrik Arangies, Hildegard van Heerden, Home and Garden, Hosea Matlou, Hülgard Vos, Ig Terblanche, Ilandi Barkhuizen, Imile Wepener, Inanda Page, Innes Izak Buys, Isaac Nyokong, Jaco Benade, Jaco la Grange, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Jahni Wasserfall, James Harris, Jan van der Merwe, Jan-Henri Booyens, Jodie Loubser, Joel Sebothoma, Johan Schoeman, Johan Stegmann, Johann Nortje, Johann van Heerden, John Robertse, Jotam Schoeman, Julia Davies, Kaelin du Plessis, Karin Miller, Karin Preller, Katlego Modiri, Ke Neil We, Koos Bronkhorst, Kristin Yang, Laurens Barnard, Leanie Mentz, Leanne Olivier, Lebo Thladi, Leon Fourie, Liam Lynch, Lientjie Wessels, Linda Hesse, Lionel Smith, Lisa Grobler, Lizel Otto Loeritha Saayman, Lothar Böttcher, Louis Botha, Louis Kok, Lucas Bambo, Lucinda Neethling, Lwandiso Njara, Lynette ten Krooden, Majak Bredell, Malose Pete, Margaret Mohaodi, Marika Pretorius, Marinda Combrink, Marion Visser, Maritha van Amerom, Mark Enslin, Mark Middleton, Marna Schoeman, Martie Strydom, Martyn Schickerling, Mea Ox, Michael Langley, Michael Parsons, Michelle le Grange, Miekie Lourens, Mimi van der Merwe, Minien Hattingh, MJ Lourens, Morne Venter, Mpho Makhubo, Nalize Venter, Nhlanhla Nhlapho, Nico Erasmus, Nigel Mullins, Nina Torr, Norman Catherine, Olaf Bisschoff, Oliver Mayhew, Paballo Majela, Paul Bester, Peter Sibanda, Pieter Mathews, Rain Battiss, Retha Buitendach, Reuben Matemane, Robert Scherman, Roelof Tremmingh, Ronel Kellerman, Rory Klopper, Roy Ndinisa, Rupert de Beer, Ryan Loubser, Sanusi Olantunji, Sarah Johnston, Sarah Northcote, Sello Letswalo, Selowa Sedupe, Shimane Seemise, Sigi Dittman-Dannheimer, St.John Fuller, Stef Botha, Stevee Maphoso, Stuart Trent, Sua Havenga, Sybrand Wiechers, Thelma van Rensburg, Thladi Mokgokolo, Timothy Glasby, Titus Matiyane, Tommie Motswai, Trevor Batile, Uta Widera-Kleinsorge, Vusi Beauchamp, Wayne Vivier, Willem Pretorius, Willem Truter, Wilna Panagos, Zak Benjamin, Zander Blom.

    Installation by Francis Alÿs of replicas of Jean-Jacques Henner's original painting of Saint Fabiola.    Stuart Trent photograph by Alet Pretorius

    ME, MYSELF AND I, a collaborative portrait of Stuart Trent
    I used parts of a previous article on Stuart Trent from art.co.za – but changed some information around and also used other examples of artists. See following link:

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