SA Taxi Foundation wins First Time Sponsor BASA award

We are thrilled that the SA Taxi Foundation have won the First Time Sponsor Award for the SA Taxi Foundation Art Award 2015.

A special congratulations and thank you to the SA Taxi Foundation team for all their hard work and believing in this great initiative. We look forward to see the SA Taxi Foundation Award grow bigger and stronger in the following years and to work alongside the SA Taxi Foundation team on this project.

Lizamore at the FNB Joburg Art Fair

For the 2016 FNB JHB Art Fair Lizamore & Associates will host a two-man, curated, exhibition by Zolile Phetshane and Tshepo Mosopa as well as a gallery solo project by Mandy Coppes-Martin.          

Both Mosopa and Phetshane’s work centers around a self-exploration and understanding of each artist’s personal environments, the labels and stereotypes prescribed by society. Systems like religion, the economy, politics, rituals and objects with which everyday lives are filled become the constructs through which they organize their ‘world’.

Phetshane, who has exhibited extensively both locally and internationally, creates abstract colour fields which are littered with these objects and numbers as tools which make sense of his private world. Through painting, drawing and scratching Phetshane creates order and processes these subconscious thoughts and feelings into each work. By so doing, his objects and numbers mediates the viewer from their reality to Phetshane’s interpretation of his surroundings.

Mosopa, the first winner of both the Reinhold Cassirer Art Award (2011) and the SA Taxi Foundation Art Award (2015), investigates self-identity and social hierarchy within his works. He uses the human form and its placement in space which is informed by politics, economy and culture, and how they reshape ones identity in an ever changing and growing world. His drawings break down the figurative into gestural lines, about to become something more; a figure in movement/action. It is through these diverse approaches to self-identification that the artist decides to paint and draw, creating a visual language personal to each artist.

Click here to read more about Mandy Coppes-Martin's solo project

Temporary Feelings by Banele Khoza

Banele Khoza, our Johannes Stegmann mentee, will have a solo project at the Pretoria Art Museum. This opens at 9 July 2016 at 11:00.

Khoza presents an exhibition, consisting of paintings, drawings, digital prints and an installation. The exhibition will be opened by Jan Van der Merwe (Artist and Senior Lecture at Tshwane University of Technology). A project endorsed by the For Sale Projects under the umbrella of the Pretoria Art Museum.

Khoza creates ghostly works in watercolour and sharper, yet still surreal, digital illustrations. Although his images contain elements of escapism and fantasy, they speak to his own experiences – primarily in relation to identity issues and the way gender is presented and performed. Khoza is currently being mentored by acclaimed artist Colbert Mashile, who is mentoring him for is solo exhibition in March 2017 at Lizamore Gallery.

FNB Joburg Art Fair: Solo project by Mandy Coppes-Martin


Mandy Coppes-Martin (1973) is recognized for her use of natural materials like silk, hemp and handmade paper translated into portraits and organisms found in nature. For her solo project at the 2016 FNB Joburg Art Fair, Coppes-Martin presents an installation based body of work inspired by what she sees as the new age war between man and nature. Central to the installation is the piece “PUTRID”. This work plays on mankind’s destruction of natural resources for their own gain. Coppes-Martin’s also explores complexities around the Raflessia flower (rotten corpse flower), a rare and endangered plant which blooms in South East Asia. These flowers are completely dependent on the forest they grow in and cannot be re-planted in another environment. Through the constant interference of man, this forest, like many others are extinguished through the consumption of natural resources.

Coppes-Martin presents these flowers made in natural materials as an unusual specimen which has been ‘captured’ and placed in large perspex boxes for inspection. Through these intricate works, Coppes-Martin asks viewers to reflect on their connection to the environment and the complex conversations and contradictions which plague it.  

Coppes-Martin holds a Masters Degree in Fine Art (cum laude) and has forged an extensive career as a contemporary South African artist. The artist has been exhibiting in various group exhibitions since 2000 and has had four critically acclaimed solo exhibitions during the last decade.  She has also been included in a number of international group exhibitions in the Netherlands, Belgium, UK, USA and the Philippines (amongst others). Coppes-Martin’s work has also been regularly shown at national fairs, including the FNB Joburg Art Fair, the Turbine Art Fair and the Cape Art Fair. The artist works are in various private and corporate collections.