Donald Teskey


Art First London
23 May - 21 June 2024

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The sea is one of Donald Teskey’s principal subjects and Art First is delighted to present a group of the breath-taking paintings that emerged from his Western Cape Residency in South Africa during February 2019. They are shown in this exhibition alongside his more familiar scenes of the Atlantic ocean crashing onto the rocks on Ireland’s West Coast in Co Mayo, where Teskey has enjoyed many concentrated residencies over the years.

Closer to home and his Dublin studio is the River Dodder, with currents of a very different kind from those hosted by the great Atlantic Ocean. This group of riverbank paintings is redolent with leafy summer growth and the gentle ebb and flow of water levels nudged by the river’s currents.

Donald Teskey, Cape Aguhas III, 2024, acrylic on paper, 76 x 105 cmDonald Teskey, Cape Study VI, 2019, acrylic on paper, 19 x 23.7 cmDonald Teskey, Coastal Report VII – Portnahally Co. Mayo, 2016, acrylic on paper, 77 x 90 cmDonald Teskey, Achill I, 2022, acrylic on paper, 50 x 50 cmDonald Teskey, Riverbank IV, 2018, oil on canvas, 100 x 120 cmDonald Teskey, Water Level II, 2018, oil on canvas, 76 x 61 cmDonald Teskey installation image 1 (photography: Justin Piperger)Donald Teskey installation image 2 (photography: Justin Piperger)Donald Teskey installation image 3 (photography: Justin Piperger)Donald Teskey installation image 4 (photography: Justin Piperger)


Karel Nel

Close and Far

Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg
30 May - 3 August 2024

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It is with great pleasure that we draw your attention to Karel Nel’s long-awaited survey exhibition covering four decades of his magnificent large scale drawings alongside significant objects from his own collection of African and Oceanic art.

Presented by Wits Art Museum and curated by Fiona Rankin-Smith, the exhibition and its contents has a close, fascinating relationship with the museum itself, because since his undergraduate days in the Fine Art Department Nel has been involved in expanding WAM’s collection of African artefacts and for a substantial period he was Associate Professor before departing to become Senior Curator at the Norval Foundation when it opened in Cape Town. An accompanying extensive catalogue will be produced for the exhibition, to arrive during the course of its run. Read more in the exhibition notice.

Karel Nel Close and Far