Bevan de Wet | Unlikely Allies II

Bevan de Wet | Unlikely Allies II


by Bevan de Wet
South Africa

About this work:
Unlikely Allies I & II consist of life size shaped plate etchings, each printed in 2 runs with multiple colours. These works engage with symbolic, cultural and anthropological readings of the body. The exploration of masquerade in my work is a key factor, through which I am attempting to create my own mythological language. 

The fracturing of imagery further investigates notions of displacement and belonging, to evoke a sense of unease and disconnectedness. The power-play between the characters comes into question; lines between perpetrator and victim become blurred. The works references issues around poaching and endangerment in South Africa, and also deal with more current concerns of xenophobic violence and discrimination.

Printed on gallery quality Hahnemühle Photo Rag Bright White, 310 grams or similar paper. Custom trimmed with 25 mm border for framing.
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90x37 cm

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Bevan de Wet (b.1985) is an independent artist and printmaker based in Johannesburg. He graduated with a BFA from Rhodes University in 2008, with distinction. From 2011-2016 de Wet worked at Artist Proof Studio in Newtown as a professional print technician, and academic facilitator. He has exhibited extensively both locally and internationally including: Vestige, NIROX Projects (2014); TWENTY: Contemporary Art from South Africa, North Carolina (2014); South African Voices: A New Generation of Printmakers, Washington Printmakers Gallery (2014); Multiplied Art Fair, Christies Auction House, London (2013); Making Connections, Southern Graphics Conference International, Milwaukee (2013).
De Wet’s work is in a number of private and public collections including The Wits Art Museum in Johannesburg, The South African Embassy in Washington DC, and the Ahmanson Foundation in LA. In 2012 de Wet was awarded a fellowship from the Ampersand Foundation (New York 2013) and also received the Thami Mnyele Art on Paper Merit Award. In 2014 de Wet was an ABSA L’Atelier Merit Award Winner with the Sylt Foundation, granting him a 2 month residency on the Island of Sylt (Germany 2015). He also received an ImpACT Award for Visual Art from the Arts and Culture Trust.

Bevan works primarily on paper, exploring mostly etching, relief printing, papermaking and painting.

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