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Roberts, Kevin ( 1965 - 2009 ) : ASSOCIATED ARTISTS : Everard Read Cape Town

Kevin Roberts

Kevin Roberts was born in 1965 in Rustenburg, South Africa. His serene, balanced and carefully constructed paintings and sculptures have received widespread acclaim. Winner of several awards with his distinctive style of rhythmic patterns and recurring symbols, he is one of South Africa’s most admired artists. He lived and worked in Johannesburg, lecturing part-time on painting and ceramics around Pretoria.

Kevin sadly passed away in 2009.

Artist´s Statement
"People are exposed to an incredible amount of visual information every day. What I intend to do with my painting is to re-awaken within the viewer the rewarding and pleasurable act of looking at a unique, rich and considered two-dimensional object.

It is my hope that the paintings function on many levels, from the formal to the conceptual. The act of putting the painting together and the poetic marriage of this to the imagery are to me an act of being and learning, more than finding quick solutions or tricks to solve the visual problems often confronted in painting. For this reason I can only produce a few paintings a year, as they take as long as they take.

Given that we are so saturated with visual information, one of the questions I always ask myself is if the universe really needs another image, to be absorbed. I balance this against my obsession to ´Be´ through making. The end result is hopefully an object that can be added to in terms of its meanings and taken in slowly and meditatively over a long time."

Critical Acclaim
‘Kevin Roberts affirms the visual, or let us call it the ‘beautiful,’ as the essence of his art…. His paintings explore beauty, craftsmanship, pattern and image as part of an integrated whole. In this he too becomes part of a tapestry of painting stretching from the traditional to the contemporary.’

Ingrid Stevens


Awards


1987 Schweickerdt Prize for most promising student
1988 Innes Aab-Tamsen Prize - painting
1994 One of the winners of the 1994 Volkskas Atelier
1995 Third Prize at Kempton Park 95
1995 Winner of the 1995 Volkskas Atelier
1996 Winner of the 1996 Kempton Park/Tembisa Fine Art Award

Studies


1982 Matriculated at Grenville High School
1988 National Diploma in Fine Arts - Technikon Pretoria
1990 National Higher Diploma in Fine Arts - with Distinction
Employment 1989 to 1992 Assistant in Department of History of Art, Technikon Pretoria
1993 Part time lecturer (painting and ceramics), Technikon Pretoria
1997 Part time lecturer (painting) Open Window Art Academy, Pretoria


Bibliography


"Pretoria News" - 6 Oct. 1993, 14 Sept. 1994, 13 Sept. 1995
"BEeld" - 13 Oct. 1995
"Vuka SA" - Nov. 1995
"De Kat" - Dec. 1995
"Vuka SA" - March 1996
"Style" - March 1996

Group Exhibitions


1987/89/93/94/95 Volkskas Atelier
1989 Rolles Impressions
1988/89 New Signatures
1993/94/95 Arts Alive
1995 Pretoria at the Johannesburg Biennale
We the People United for a Global Environment (Pretoria Art Museum)
Mmabatho
1995/96 Kempton Park / Tembisa Fine Art Award
1996 South African Art in Egypt, Cairo
1997 Executive Art, SA Association of Arts
1999 artLONDON, June ’99 Fair, Chelsea
2000 Summer 2000 - Group show Everard Read, Cape Town
2004 Pretoria – A selection of Painters and Sculptures from the Nation’s Capital - Everard Read, Cape Town

Solo Exhibitions

1993 SA Association of Arts (N.Tvl)
1996 Karen McKerron Gallery, Johannesburg
1997 Karen McKerron Gallery, Johannesburg
2001 One man exhibition, Everard Read, Johannesburg
2004 One Man Exhibition, Everard Read, Johannesburg

Public Collections

SASOL
Klerksdorp Municipality Collection
Department of Foreign Affairs
ABSA Bank Collection
Pretoria Art Museum
Anderson Consulting
Telkom
Consol Glass
Pretoria Technikon
Gauteng Government
Sanlam
Unisa
Kempton Park / Tembisa City Council
Private Collections
Ingram Anderson
Theresa Lizamore
Philip Badenhorst
Aleta Michaletos

Projects

ABSA Bank project
1996
Consol Glass Calendar
1995
Telkom Christmas Card
Consol Glass Christmas Card