Fine artist, writer, and spoken word performer, Neil Louw’s fine arts exhibition opened in Newtown, Johannesburg. The exhibition is hosted in the artist’s own pop-up gallery space in the Nedbank building at 137 Lillian Ngoyi Street, Cnr Lillian Ngoyi and Margaret Mcingana (Opp. The Market Theatre) – in Newtown, Johannesburg, the centre of the artistic renaissance happening in Jozi’s vibrant heart.
Entitled: A Brave New Winter, the exhibition captures the colourful and rarely exposed side of South Africa’s coloured township of Reiger Park. “The things that differentiate and separate us as a nation, as a people, are precisely what makes us interesting” says artist, Louw, who is also known by his stage name, Neil Atlantis.
A Brave New Winter is a showcase of vibrant colour, honest expression and authenticity where the beauty and richness of South Africa is revealed. This work has been described by some as “raw, honest and true” because it communicates all sides of township life, from its happy moments to its daily truth.
Immersed in the culture as a resident of both the Reiger Park township, where the exhibition draws most of its inspiration, and as a citizen of the world, Louw speaks volumes of how Africa needs to mould its stories for the world. He infuses the richness of colour, the euphoria of childhood and a detailed eye in what becomes a brave new world.
A Brave New Winter is aimed at curators in search of raw talent, art lovers and the media. Louw, a seasoned artist whose work has lived on the outskirts of mainstream galleries, but has spread from one art lover to another, is no newcomer to the scene. He believes that South African and African artistry has a place on the global stage and intends to appeal to the discerning minds and hearts that will be part of his journey.
This exhibition is open from 14 November to 19 December, 2016.
Media and the public are welcome to attend or arrange viewings at the Nedbank Building on 100 Carr Street, Cnr Lillian Ngoyi and Margaret Mcingana (Opp. The Market Theatre) – in Newtown, Johannesburg.