Three local artists featured in our latest issue – Kilmany-Jo Liversage, Drummond Murphy, and Lizelle Kruger – create work that is thought-provoking and striking in its technique. Working in a variety of mediums, these artists draw on universal ideas that make their pieces relevant, each in their own distinct style.
Award-winning artist Kilmany-Jo Liversage has adopted a distinctive graffiti style to create work that is brightly-coloured and large-scale. Her pieces are inspired by Renaissance-era portraiture and the way in which this reference meets urban art makes for an interesting combination that really challenges the conventions of painting. For some of her work, Kilmany-Jo sources portrait images from mass media and social networks and uses these images of strangers to create a sense of familiarity. For this reason, her work often elicits a feeling of commonality, simultaneously referencing digitised mass production.
Some years after completing her studies at Free State Technikon (where she received a distinction in painting) Kilmany-Jo travelled to Columbia for an artists’ residency, where she explored the concept of street art, a medium she now interprets in her own unique way. She has since worked on a number of art installations around the world, including murals in Vienna, Washington and Venice. She has also worked with Nando’s to create restaurant murals in several of their international locations.
Kilmany-Jo’s work can be found at the Worldart Gallery in Church Street, Cape Town www.worldart.co.za