‘Inside Outside-Dentro Fuera’, an unusual joint exhibition of new lino cuts by Cape Town’s innovative printmaker Theo Paul Vorster, and hyperrealistic still life oil paintings by Emilio Jose Edo Mengibar from Castellón de la Plana in Spain, opens on Sunday, August 11 and runs until September 6 at the MOK Gallery on the Muratie Wine Estate in the Knorhoek Valley near Stellenbosch.
Leading South African concert guitarist, James Grace, will add Spanish flair to the occasion and Muratie’s award-winning wines will counter the winter cold while guests peruse the art works in this historic art gallery in a house built for, and once inhabited by, former slave Ansela van de Caab.
Both Vorster and Edo started working full-time as artists in 1996. They only met much later in Castellón de la Plana near Valençia when Vorster visited friends in 2018 and was introduced to Edo. The idea of a joint exhibition was mooted, the obvious problem being the cost and logistics of transporting such a large number of art works from Spain to South Africa. However, they persevered and with the assistance of their mutual friends the dream became a reality.
Vorster is known for creating unique pieces of art with lively line work, vibrant colours and a whimsical thematic approach. The latter does not prevent him, however, from expressing strong social commentary, often by placing an object in the foreground against an unlikely background. In his latest work, Vorster thematically explores the world outside (fuera) in contrast to Edo’s paintings which are focused on the old-worldly inside (dentro) the house.
* Both artists will be present at the MOK gallery on 11 August to interact with guests and media about their respective works.
For enquiries about ‘Inside Outside-Dentro Fuera’, contact gallery owner Cecile Blevi at 072 553 5547; or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.