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VIDEO: Lionel Smit in London, Faces of Identity

March 17, 2017

We were delighted to be joined earlier in the month by artist Lionel Smit for the opening of his solo exhibition Faces of Identity.

Click here to see a short film of the exhibition up and running. 


Exhibition continues until Saturday 25 March.



VIDEO: Lionel Smit: Faces of Identity

February 15, 2017

Lionel Smit: Faces of Identity, 24 February - 25 March

This exhibition comes to London following Lionel Smit’s acclaimed solo exhibition at the Didrichsen Art Museum in Helsinki where it was seen by more than 10 000 visitors.

Faces of Identity is a powerful body of work that explores themes of identity through portraiture on canvas and bronze deconstructions. With its ubiquity but also its uniqueness, the human face offers an endless source of study. Smit’s work accentuates facial characteristics through bold swathes of colour and brush techniques, highly-textured bronzes and vivid patinas which result in the arresting work, often of monumental proportions, for which he is renowned.


southern abstraction exhibition opens

January 20, 2017

Everard Read London opened southern abstraction, a group exhibition, on 20 January 2017. Participating artists include Ricky Burnett, Galia Gluckman, Liza Grobler, Syndi Kahn, Vusi Khumalo, Bronwyn Lace, Richard Penn, Lyndi Sales, Penelope Stutterheime, Andrzej Urbanski and Philippe Uzac.


Numen and Gnomon:Time-based photographic images of Deborah Bell's studio

December 8, 2016


My aim is to visually grasp the studio and its contents which are predominantly static, over time, so that the slow infusion of the presence of the working artist, through light and movement, impregnates the photographic image with a tangible presence and energy which cannot be seen, but definitely felt. 

   - Laura Ellenberger



November 29, 2016

Our newest gallery in the Everard Read group - CIRCA, Cape Town - opened in November 2016 in a refurbished heritage building overlooking the V&A Waterfront, with inaugural exhibitions by Beezy Bailey and Liberty Battson.


Norman Catherine achieves new record for sale of his work at auction

November 14, 2016

The Bowie/Collector sale at Sotheby's on Friday 11 November 2016 saw Norman Catherine achieve a new record for the sale of his work at auction. Two of the artist's pieces were included in David Bowie's private collection on sale and both ' Fanagalo Store ' and 'Cat Man' exceeded estimated prices.


View the catalogue here.


VIDEO Deborah Bell, Dreams of Immortality: Blood and Gold

November 3, 2016

Deborah Belll , leading South African artist discusses her new body of work for her forthcoming exhibition - Return of the Gods - at CIRCA|Everard Read Gallery London. Here we find Bell, a long time collaborator with South African legends Robert Hodgins and William Kentridge, at her most introspective best, contemplating what it is to practice art in a far flung corner of South Africa as an outsider from the global often circuitous and incestuous art dialogue which allows her to bring her own unique vision to the conversation.


Beth Diane Armtstrong wins the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for 2017

October 26, 2016

Everard Read|CIRCA Galleries are pleased to announce that artist Beth Diane Armstrong has won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for 2017. Following in the footsteps of William Kentridge, who won the Visual Arts category in 1987, and Brett Murray in 2002.  


VIDEO: Caryn Scrimgeour: Postcards from Chinatown

October 25, 2016


Scrimgeour’s table settings intrigue and fascinate, juxtaposing fragile and precious

curios with commonplace objects, exquisitely rendered. Rich in symbolism, her

work is reminiscent of still life paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, while the

use of bird’s-eye perspective creates a contemporary context for a

very traditional genre.


VIDEO: Nigel Mullins- 21st Century Talismans

October 25, 2016

"I want to present my paintings as superstitious objects with bogus protective powers to bend reality in our favour. My paintings offer somehow to help you. 'Buy you time.' Or 'Reduce insignificance.’ Or 'Guarantee Afterlife.’ The squishy bodily qualities of paint, thick gestures, and sometimes outright messy application, are ideal to evoke a low-tech, talismanic object or fetish and our chaotic and often absurd strategies for controlling the vagaries of chance and guaranteeing a bright future."


- Nigel Mullins