Sarah Cangley

Sarah Cangley

Monday, 21 December 2015 12:27

A Crabtree Christmas

A southern hemisphere Christmas is literally poles part from its northern cousin ... any eggnoggy thoughts of, Christmas pudding and snowsprinkled carollers go out of the window when the cicadas chirp like synthesisers on full strength, Christmas lunch consists of a braai round the pool in searing temperatures and there is lots and lots of cold beer.

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:29

Funky high tea at The Four Seasons

As the summer days grow longer and hotter and the holiday season beckons enticingly, thoughts of catching up with friends over a long and leisurely afternoon tea become irresistible. Where better to go than the Westcliff Four Seasons in Johannesburg, which recently introduced this institution to its repertoire?

Monday, 07 December 2015 19:42

SA designs wow at Miami Design

South African design has been wowing design aficionados at art fairs around the world for several years. The spotlight was firmly on designers from Southern Guild like Porky Hefer, Dokter and Misses and Justine Mahoney, among others, at this year's Design Miami, inviting comment from The New York Times and other publications venerated by the art world.

Friday, 04 December 2015 20:45

'Volez Voguez Voyagez'

Last week marked the opening of a wonderful exhibition by Louis Vuitton at the Grand Palais, “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton”. The exhibition runs from December 4 2015 until February 21 2016.

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 22:16

The Style Awards 2015

This year's SA Style Awards, founded and co-ordinated by publicist Jillian Grogor,celebrated the winners of the past 19 years with as many style icons.

Monday, 30 November 2015 21:38

Jaguar Landrover Lifestyle Fashion Show

The Melrose Arch Piazza was transformed into a trendy fashion ramp recently when the Jaguar Land Rover Lifestyle Fashion Show – produced by leading and renowned show producer Jan Malan – debuted.

Friday, 27 November 2015 20:11

The Eat Out Awards 2015

It was the Sunday lunch of the year as South Africa’s top culinary talent were announced at the 2015 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 15:21

In Toto gallery

In Toto Gallery, in Johannesburg's Birdhaven, is one of the city's little art gems, hosting artists with worldwide gravitas. The gallery features local and international, historical and contemporary works of art and its directors Jessica Slack, Jacques Michau and curator Megan Kidd stand by the work they represent, with a thorough knowledge of both the established and developing art markets.

The gallery offers many different genres and a range of styles that will cater to the established art collector as well as newcomers to the art scene, states the website.

This year they have exhibited, among others, the work of landscape artist Ian Houston, whose works resonate with the energy of the countries he has visited, as well as the softer washes of his own home turf, East Anglia (near Fen country). The gallery held a dinner for Ian and his German-born wife earlier in the year and Cheek2Chic had a chance to chat to the softly spoken Englishman.

He spoke of witnessing dogfights in the sky over London, where he grew up. His nation and his wife's nation were at war but later when they met he was smitten by the intellectual richness of Germany.

Red dots abound at the gallery and art collectors flock to acquire one more painting on their walls. .

The latest exhibition is François Vercingetorige and Hussein Salim’s Home, which runs from November 5 to December 7, 2015

The press release about the exhibition reads:

"François Vercingetorige was born in Johannesburg in 1974. He moved with his parents to Italy at the age of 6 and was only to return 26 years later, in 2006. While abroad, he lived in New York, studying art and becoming acquainted with the work of artists like Basquiat, Clemente, and Tacla. Moving back to Italy, he studied architecture and became captivated by the intrinsic power and beauty of art and architecture. His works in varied media convey interpretations of his dreams, nightmares, and hopes.

"Vercingetorige said: “I realised that in this new body of work I am questioning my past and my roots. It is an introspective journey. I think of all the places and circumstances that have somehow shaped my thinking and my life, and I'm looking for that fine thread that connects all the dots. Talking about my art actually means to talk about my life; the joyful side, and the tormented side too. Real emotions are important to me when I paint so instead of rejecting them, whether good or bad, I explore them. I love words, the meaning, the sound, the way they look as lines. They add stimulating and humorous dynamics to my work, often affecting their meaning. I don't choose to paint, I have to. I look for my answers there.”

"Hussein Salim was born in Karima, Sudan in 1966. He has left as a refugee and lived in Wales, Germany, Norway and Egypt before settling in South Africa in 2004. Sudan’s reputation in the media due to its political power clashes is one of a war-torn, heartless place, but Hussein speaks very highly of his fellow Sudanese. His work is a response to personal circumstances and social upheaval, often revealing his heritage with its bright palette and styles of architecture. The content of Hussein’s work is only in part what he chooses to paint – it is, in a large part, about the act of painting. Hussein’s gestural work is not superficially expressive, however, there is a sense of control amid the chaos, the archeology of painting behind the structured surface.

"Hussein said: “I was born an artist with an overwhelming desire to create beautiful images. It is not a profession, it’s a question of identity, dignity and it’s my duty to add some peace to the world through my art. I currently call Pietermaritzburg my home, but I always carry Sudan inside me. My past and present are marred with memoirs, exile and forgotten heritage, however I am very much committed to the dialogs between different cultures, and I want to contribute to it through my work. I do believe it is necessary for my work to travel along road of alienation and assimilation, and I hope it keeps calling people to rediscover the values of the artistic African heritage.”

"Home maps out the territory of memories, trying to understand how places, spaces and history can affect us, and asking: what and where is home?"

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 16:39

Dolce & Gabbana celebrate their inner Mamma

The new Dolce & Gabbana "Dolce Mamma" collection is so child-friendly and adorable that it permeates every aspect, from shoes to the stores' wallpaper.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 12:22

Masterchef Australia's Renae Smith

With a Dutch ouma in the background Masterchef Australia Renae Smith is a self-confessed fan of all things South African - and jokes that if she didn't have a lovely boyfriend at home, she might just run off with a hunky South African man! She even loves our much maligned Seffrican accent, with "all the rolling" and wants to learn as many new words as she can before returning home (she loves the word "tsotsi'!).

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