Twitter

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Oil on canvas
Various
Date: 2013

‘Twitter’ is the latest exhibition by Luan Nel, at the Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town from 3 to 16 April 2013.

Baby don't look back Baby don’t look back
Oil on canvas, 76cm x 91cm

 

Gate F6 Gate F6
Oil on canvas, 40cm x 50cm

 

Friday afternoon, Alberton Dam Friday afternoon, Alberton Dam
Oil on canvas, 61cm x 76cm

 

Boney M - Belfast Boney M – Belfast
Oil on canvas, 28cm x 35cm

 

Pou Pou
Oil on canvas, 20cm x 25cm

 

Poach Poach
Oil on canvas, 30cm x 40cm

 

Saterdag by die Vaaldam Saterdag by die Vaaldam
Oil on canvas, 36cm x 46cm

 

Saterdag by die Vaaldam (detail) Saterdag by die Vaaldam (detail)

 

The Gift The Gift
Oil on canvas, 20cm x 25cm Wynand het Woensdag vertrek Wynand het Woensdag vertrek
Oil on canvas, 30cm x 40cm

 

and The Karoo was a Sea and The Karoo was a Sea
Oil on canvas, 40cm x 50cm

 

Ozone Ozone
Oil on canvas, 50cm x 76cm

 

The Nightwatch The Nightwatch
Oil on canvas, 50cm x 60cm

 

Killer Killer
Oil on canvas, 28cm x 35cm

 

Noon Gun Noon Gun
Oil on canvas, 40cm x 51cm Morris Morris
Oil on canvas, 25cm x 35cm

 

A Big Room A Big Room
Oil on canvas, 25cm x 35cm

 

Flamingo Flamingo
Oil on canvas, 25cm x 35cm

 

What Swallows must never see What Swallows must never see
Oil on canvas, 28cm x 35cm

 

Bo-Kaap - Gulls Bo-Kaap – Gulls
Oil on canvas, 61cm x 76cm Bo-Kaap - Gulls (detail) Bo-Kaap – Gulls (detail)

 

Twitter Twitter
Oil on canvas, 20cm x 15cm

 

City Shower City Shower
Oil on canvas, 28cm x 35cm

 

Kouefront Kouefront (coldfront)
Oil on canvas, 40cm x 51cm

 

They Winter at Sea They Winter at Sea
Oil on canvas, 35cm x 46cm Mute Mute
Oil on canvas, 61cm 76cm

 

Harvest Harvest
Oil on canvas, 28cm x 36cm

 

'The unexpected Visitor' (Maribou or African Stork) ‘The unexpected Visitor’ (Maribou or African Stork)
Oil on canvas, 12cm x 60cm

 

'The unexpected Visitor' (Maribou or African Stork) - (detail) ‘The unexpected Visitor’ (Maribou or African Stork) – (detail)

 

 

'Daai Vlamink' (That Flamingo) ‘Daai Vlamink’ (That Flamingo)
Oil on canvas, 28cm x 35cm

 

Rocognizance Rocognizance
Oil on canvas, 41cm x 30cm

 

Stalker Stalker
Oil on canvas, 36cm x 28cm.

 

Stalker (detail) Stalker (detail)

 

Weskus Weskus
Oil on canvas, 35cm x 28cm

 

Meat Meat
Oil on Canvas, 120cm x 60cm

 

Pieter Pieter
Oil on canvas, 25cm x 20cm

 

Tango Tango,
Oil on canvas, 100cm x 50cm

 

Gulls Gulls
Oil on canvas, 60cm x 50cm

 

Migrate Migrate
Oil on canvas, 80cm x 70cm

 

Migrate (detail) Migrate (detail)

 

Carmine Bee-eater Carmine Bee-eater
Oil on Canvas, 80cm x 41cm

 

Arrivals Arrivals
Oil on canvas, 40cm x 50cm

 

Twitter is the third and latest instalment in artist Luan Nel’s ongoing project dealing with birds, birdlife and the many possible interpretations and understanding of this subject matter. His first exhibition exploring this was Aviary in 2011. The exhibition consisted exclusively of watercolours of various birds, both indigenous and alien. Following on from Aviary, the second exhibition on this theme was titled Swallow, which was a two-man exhibition with Joachim Schonfeldt  in Johannesburg in 2012. The exhibition included four watercolours of swallows in flight. These were then also reproduced by the hundreds to be used in the installation piece Swallow. This exhibition also included Seisoen – a large lithograph of swallows in flight.

Twitter is the culmination of his ongoing fascination with this theme, and includes the Seisoen lithograph, the Swallow installation, as well as recent oil paintings of various birds and related imagery. James Tate’s poem ‘The Blue Booby’ functions as an entry-point to this whole body of work. In the poem, Tate adopts the language and voice of the wildlife narrator and initially the poem simply reads as such. On closer inspection though, it becomes clear that Tate is dealing with much larger issues than mere wildlife facts – the poem deals with issues of desire, possession and sublimation. In a similar way, Nel creates visual imagery that goes beyond mere ornithological study.  That is not to say that Nel is not a masterful painter capable of ornithological exactness (as evidenced by many of the works on show) but here he is more concerned with how we experience birds,  what they are doing as protagonists in a story and how that relates to us.  Moreover in some paintings there aren’t even any birds , but rather references to their behaviour, demeanour or habitat,  and thus our own. The titles of these works invariably hold a key or hint at multiple interpretations and meanings,  in Nel’s characteristically witty, yet poignant way.

Luan Nel was born in 1971, and matriculated from De Kruin Art School, Johannesburg. He received his BA (FA) in 1993 and his Higher Diploma in Education in 1994 from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Nel won the Judge’s Prize in the SASOL New Signatures Competition in 1993. In 1998 and 1999 he participated in an artist’s residency at the Rijks Academie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam and a research residency at the Dutch Institute in Rome in 1999. He has had many solo exhibitions and participated in various group shows. His work can be found in public collections in South Africa, Europe and the United States of America.

Twitter Exhibition

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Art Times

Twitter ExhibitionView the Art Times Facebook Gallery.

 

 

 

Pendock Uncorked

TwiiterLuan scoops Gary.

 

 

Twitter Triumph.Twitter Luan Nel

 

 

 

Main Ingredient

Twitter Everard ReadLuan Nel’s exhibition at Everard Read.

 

 

 

Spill

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