Three local artists featured in our Spring issue draw inspiration from the natural world to create pieces that explore important and universal themes of identity and human emotion. Line and colour are central to the stories these artists tell — each in their own way.

Selvin November

Selvin November was born and bred in Cape Town, where he still lives and works. He qualified with a Diploma in Art and Design from the Cape Technikon before completing a three-month residency on Robben Island in 1996. His work has been exhibited at galleries in Cape Town and Stellenbosch, as well as at group shows and festivals.

Selvin explores socio-political issues through his work and addresses themes like globalisation, identity and memory with his use of both design and visual language. His most recent collection looks at the idea of freedom and its binary, slavery. Through his work, Selvin asks what it means to be free in our current socio-political landscape.

Selvin works in an abstract style, using colour, lines and form to express his ideas. He incorporates elements of nature in his pieces, often as a metaphor for freedom, a theme that is central to his work.

Selvin’s work can be found at the  StateoftheART Gallery in Buitenkant Street, Cape Town.