The Daville Baillie Gallery

Presents

XANA ABREU

Live in Johannesburg

3 November – 23 November 2019

The Daville Baillie Gallery at Victoria Yards takes great pleasure in welcoming multitalented Portuguese artist Xana Abreu to our gallery. Although the widely renowned artist has been exhibiting selected works on our group shows for the past year, she finally asserts her local presence with her first solo exhibition in Johannesburg.

 

In her large, magical portraits Abreu paints stories of a parallel world, filled with real and imaginary beings, animalized humans and humanized animals, in the skin of other people. Essentially, these are women who become the reflection of the artist and her vision about life. In these stories we find real experiences of childhood, or those more recent, and dreams.

This is the world that Xana Abreu wants to share with us. It is a carnival of perception in which the artist displays her innermost desires and fears on the surface of her visage. We don’t need to go any deeper because she has shown us everything we need to know.

 

Brief Biography of Xana Abreu

 

Abreu was born in 1975, in Lisbon, Portugal. She attended the António Arroio Art School and later the Lisbon College of Arts specializing in painting.

 

Abreu is a public figure in Portugal, being an extremely successful singer for children, having sold over 250 000 DVDs, and having gained over 200 000 000 views on her YouTube channel. She also composes songs for several notable Portuguese singers. The first DVD she recorded went straight to nº 1 on the Portuguese charts and stayed there for 41 weeks, with sold out concerts everywhere she went.

 

She is also an actress, working for movies, TV shows, theatre, and animation movies. She has illustrated more than 100 schoolbooks for Portugal, Angola, Mozambique and Brazil. However, her main goal and passion is painting. That´s what she studied, and that’s how she sees herself.

Bram Reijnders, Thrill of Life, mixed media, 2019

PRESS RELEASE 
BRAM REIJNDERS  |  NO MORE BLAH BLAH

7 APRIL – 27 APRIL 2019 AT DAVILLE BAILLIE GALLERY

4 APRIL – WERKSMANS ATTORNEYS JHB

 

Famous Dutch pop artist Bram Reijnders presents NO MORE BLAH BLAH at the Daville Baillie Gallery as his first solo exhibition in South Africa.

We are privileged and overjoyed to host this new series of large sculptural works by an artist preoccupied with global pop culture, and the icons of fame. NO MORE BLAH BLAH is the result of years of experimentation and production by Reijnders as he explores everyday urban spaces, the extraordinary found in the ordinary, and the self-deception that comes with the desire for glamour and success.

NO MORE BLAH BLAH comprises 18 major wall pieces by Reijnders who has traveled the world photographing and assembling images and objects of specific time and place. His imaginary reconstructions of spaces — particularly fragmented walls — reveal a tension between illusion and reality, creation and decay. Documentary photography battles advertising and the popular media to address the noise of commerce and social networks.

As Reijnders says of the title of his new show, “We live in a world with a lot of opinions. And I think sometimes we -– including myself –- should shut up and listen.”

In NO MORE BLAH BLAH we take a wild trip with the artist into the joyful delirium of contemporary pop art.

You are invited to the opening of our exhibition on 7 April from 11am as part of the First Sunday series of events at Victoria Yards in Lorentzville, Johannesburg.

BIOGRAPHY OF THE ARTIST

Bram Reijnders was born in 1974 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. He currently works and lives in Rio de Janeiro. He is the owner of a major gallery in Eindhoven, Abraham Art.

Reijnders is an expert in showing us a surreal universe so much more beautiful than our reality through luscious women and cartoon figures taking up all your attention in a shameless promotion of extravagant poses, slogans and glitters. Mixing these with cartoonesque elements he describes his own work as “Much too much”.

Although he is in his first decades of artistic production, he is already much acclaimed and his work is represented by galleries in Los Angeles, Miami, Sao Paolo, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Berlin Singapore, and now South Africa. He has been featured in over 15 international art fairs. Reijnders was best-selling artist at a recent New York art fair and he has shown his work alongside that of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, as well as Christo.

IMAGE CAPTION:  Angelo Accardi | DON’T RUN | 100cm x 150cm | Mixed Medium

DAVILLE BAILLIE GALLERY TO BE A TRULY INTERNATIONAL DRAWCARD IN THE SOUTH

ANGELO ACCARDI | DAVID KRACOV | DORIT LEVINSTEIN | FRED ALLARD | YOEL BENHARROUCHE | EMANUELE TOZZOLI | XANA ABREU | BRAM REIJNDERS

The Daville Baillie Gallery in Johannesburg is known for its unorthodox approach to exhibiting some of the finest new talents around.

Functioning as a space for free engagement in the arts, the gallery has become synonymous with experimentation and boundary breaking partnerships. And there are exciting developments on the horizon.

As 2019 approaches, we are pleased to announce that Daville Baillie Gallery has enlarged its offer to begin showing works by some of the art world’s major stars. These are artists whose work has found resonance with our mission to present contemporary expressions that convey an optimistic and colorful view of life.

Angelo Accardi, David Kracov, Dorit Levinstein, Fred Allard, Yoel Benharrouche Xana Abreu , Bram Reijnders and Emanuele Tozzoli create refined works with humour that is edgy, and with an insightful take on the global present.

Our new partnerships will introduce a select group of renowned artists to local audiences and collectors. All are invited to experience, with us, these truly international, sought-after artworks.

An inaugural group exhibition will be held in early 2019.

JOHANNESBURG GALLERY

+27(61) 4660451 – INFO@DAVILLE.CO.ZA

Artist: FRINGE

Title: LUST
Media: Mixed Media Painting
Size: 150cm x 150cm

Artist: Bram Reijnders

Title: Untitled

Media: Mixed Media Painting
Size: 130cm x 130cm

Artist: Angelo Accardi

Title: DON’T RUN
Media: Oil Acrylic and Ink Painting
Size: 100cm x 150cm

Artist: David Kracov

Title:  GO DUCK YOURSELF
Media: Shadow Box
Size: 57cm x 57cm

Artist: Dorit Levinstein

Title:  THE BEATLES
Media: Aluminium Free Standing Sculpture
Size: 89cm x 18cm x 30cm

Artist: Dorit Levinstein

Title:  MARILYN MONROE
Media: Bronze Free Standing Sculpture
Size: 60cm x 45cm x 29cm

Artist: Yoel Benharrouche

Title: LES SENTEURS DU PARADIS

Media: Lacquer on metal
Size: 100cm x 80cm

Artist: Fred Allard

Title: ELEPHUNK

Media: luxury Sculpture – Compressed Resin
Size: 56cm x 37cm x 28cm

for information 

 

info@daville.co.za

Victoria yards | Lorentzville 

EXHIBITIONS | CALENDAR

DAVILLE BAILLIE GALLERY IN 2019

January / February: Eden artists

March: Bram Reijnders

          : Yolanda Mazwana / Benon Lutaaya

April: Greatjoy Ndlovu / Azail Langa

May: Showcase

For interviews, images and more information

MATTHEW KROUSE

email: matt@daville.co.za

+27(61) 4660451 – INFO@DAVILLE.CO.ZA

 Artist: Alec Monopoly

Title: MONOPOLY MICKEY MOUSE WITH MONEY BAG
Media: Mixed Media Painting
Size: 92cm x 122cm

Artist: Angelo Accardi

Title: IN MY HOUSE
Media: OIL ACRYLIC AND IK PAITIG
Size: 100cm x 150cm

Artist: David Kracov

Title: GO WITH THE FLOW

Media: 3D Metal Wall Sculpture
Size: 57cm x 130cm

Artist: David Kracov

Title: THE BOOK OF LIFE

Media: 3D Metal Wall Sculpture
Size: 60cm x 45cm x 50cm

Artist: Dorit Levinstein

Title: LOVE

Media: Aluminium Free Standing Sculpture
Size: 55cm x 110cm x 40cm

Artist: Yoel Benharrouche

Title: LE SECRET DE MES RÊVES

Media: Lacquer on metal
Size: 100cm x 80cm

Artist: Yoel Benharrouche

Title: UN VOYAGE A DEUX

Media: Lacquer on metal
Size: 100cm x 80cm

Artist: Fred Allard

Title: GOOD VIBES

Media: luxury Sculpture – Compressed Resin
Size: 54cm x 34cm x 28cm