South Africa’s new art-world power couple are reshaping their country’s story

April 1, 2021 - Emma Crichton-Miller - Financial Times

Artists Teresa Kutala Firmino and Blessing Ngobeni draw on their personal experiences to create powerful political work.

Read the full article here


REVIEW: INTIMATE ANECDOTES: Brett Charles Seiler's 'Timber'


For Brett Charles Seiler’s latest offering, Everard Read’s walls were painted black to host the frames and chalked afterthoughts, which along with the dimension-defining wooden sculptures, complete the collection that is ‘Timber’.

There’s a certainty to the introspective musings which hyphenate the works; they read like epiphanies, or tail-ends of conversations, or journal entries. These short stories such as, “after making love to a man he asked me if I believed in god” and “a homosexual with bad teeth” are part of what makes Seiler the dynamic artist he is. These intimate anecdotes seem both symptomatic of our symbiosis with social media, while feeling like a distinct, narrating voice emerging to guide the audience through the experience of the exhibition. More specifically, the experience of Seiler’s perspectives. From his bold linework, both in the ‘text’ and in the formation of his subjects, to his choice of canvas size and accompanying materials, to his use of space – Seiler is steadily extruding moments, and memories, and meanings to fulfil his vision as he enhances his style with each new work. ‘Timber’ is made up of building materials such as roof paint, bitumen, screws, and wood all accented by a familiar school-board shade of green to create room in which to ponder the institutionalisation of masculinity as you navigate Seiler’s themes and thinking.

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ARCO 2021 E-XHIBITION: Blessing Ngobeni & Teresa Kutala Firmino

March 17, 2021

Everard Read Cape Town is delighted to be part of the ARCO Lisboa and Madrid online E-XHIBITIONS for 2021. We are featuring a selection of new works by Blessing Ngobeni and Teresa Kutala Firmino.


Click here to view the full E-XHIBITION



January 25, 2021 - Wanted Reporter | WANTED

We speak to Mark Read, chairman of the Everard Read group of galleries and also a passionate botanist and conservationist.



Long Read | Regarding Lady Skollie’s ‘Bound’

December 18, 2020 - DANIELLE BOWLER | NEW FRAME

When poet and scholar Gabeba Baderoon was a graduate assistant at the University of Cape Town in 1988, there was a conference on Joseph Conrad’s novel Heart of Darkness. As she looked at the programme, her gaze paused, fixing its attention on the cover image. It was something “meant to be glanced at briefly before one went into the substance of the programme”. But she looked intently, instead, and saw that it was a “picturesque image of an enslaved figure”, caught in a “play of visibility and invisibility”. 


In conversation with Lionel Smit

September 8, 2020 - France Beyers | STELLENBOSCH VISIO

Acclaimed South African artist Lionel Smit takes Stellenbosch Visio editor France Beyers through his studio, sharing his inspirations and the creative process behind some of his most distinctive works. 

Known for his contemporary portraiture, large canvases and sculptures, Smit has carved out an international career through his distinctive art. Smit’s work has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London and was selected as the ‘face’ of the BP Portrait Award. Over the past 10 years, he has established a substantial international following with collectors ranging from the Standard Chartered Bank to Laurence Graff Art Collection at Delaire Graff wine estate.

We meet the artist in his studio ahead of his exhibitions at Everard Read and the KUNST art fair in October 2020.

Watch the video interview here.

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Blessing’s Chaotic Pleasure visualizes black child’s future through art

August 31, 2020 - Mpiletso Motumi | IOL

Johannesburg - Blessing Ngobeni uses art to express his opinion.

“It is the best way for me to influence or engage in global matters that affect me and the world I live in.”

His solo exhibition, “Chaotic Pleasure”, is now showing at the Standard Bank Gallery.

“Art enables me to narrate stories of the past, historical events that affect the present life of a black child. I am able to visualise the future life of the black child through art.”

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Acclaimed South African Sculptor Deborah Bell Revisits Classic Works

August 24, 2020 - Chris Jenkins | arts & collections

Deborah Bell, one of South Africa’s most eminent and critically acclaimed artists, returns to London with an exhibition at Everard ReadSentinels is a major exhibition of monumental sculptures and more than 30 new paintings created over the past two years. At the heart of the exhibition are eight towering, 2.5-metre-high sculptures, Sentinels (2020). Cast in bronze, their origins trace back to the series of nine sentinels the artist made in 2003.


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First solo exhibition for 2018 opens 24th of February

February 24, 2018

DECADE, an exhibition of sculpture by Talitha Deetlefs

It is our pleasure to invite you to the opening Saturday 24 February 2018 at 12:00

Meet the artist, Sunday 25 February 2018 at 11:00

20 Huguenot road, Franschhoek

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Deborah Bell Recent Paintings and Sculpture

July 11, 2017

Everard Read Franschhoek in partnership with The Leeu Collection presents recent works by Deborah Bell. 

On view July 15 - August 15, 2017

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