Guy du Toit
Guy Du Toit was born 1958 in Rustenburg in the North West Province. He uses a wide range of media in his sculptures including bronze, stone, wood and steel. Du Toit’s apparent irreverence can obfuscate the fact that he is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most accomplished sculptors. “Liberated” (as he says) by the advent of democracy in South Africa from having to concern himself and his art with the notions of Identity, he has happily turned his attention to “less provincial” pursuits like revelling in form, concept and media for their own sakes. Du Toit uses the unexpected juxtaposition of bronze casts of universal, everyday found (and made-to-look-found) objects to invite his audience to invent dialogue themselves.
He has exhibited extensively, both locally and internationally and been consistently supported by private and public collectors, institutions, academics and fellow artists. Honoured with several awards, he curates and adjudicates exhibitions and lectures at a number of institutions, including Pelmama Academy in Soweto, Pretoria University, Johannesburg and Pretoria Technicons, and the Johannesburg School of Art, Ballet, Drama and Music. He gives workshops throughout South Africa and has been involved in community projects, seminars and symposia. The past few years have increasingly been spent on private and public commissions and in working closely with artists and businesses, especially those involved in design, communications, architecture, advertising and entertainment. Guy currently teaches part-time at the University of Pretoria and works full-time from his new home and studio in Swavelpoort. CRITICAL ACCLAIM:
“Sophisticated impressions.” Muffin Stevens
“I have long admired Guy du Toit’s sculpture. He has, by dint of steady production and consistently developing work, become one of South Africa’s most important artists, along the way winning the Vita Art Now award and numerous merit awards on major competitions.”
“… we can read (his works), their narratives, their histories, their passages and pauses, poetic flights, prose rhythms, allusions and alliterations,metaphors and similes, their nouns, verbs and punctuation. They set up webs of meaning and many strands to follow.”
“du Toit the formalist(’s) essential interest is in the visual game of space, form and shadow. This minimal and linear arrangement of the parts refers to the modernist severity that underpins the best work being done today in both South Africa and internationally. Postmodernism has brought back meanings in layers and floods, but stilla modernist visual rigor supports meanings in sculptors like South African Willem Boshoff, the British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor or younger artists like Rachel Whiteread or Damien Hirst.” “There is a knowing range to du Toit’s work, from the bronze “high art” of traditional sculpture to contemporary installation and the found object.”EDUCATION:
Matriculated from Pretoria Boys High School
Graduated from the University of Pretoria BA (Fine Art) Degree 1982 with a distinction in sculpture. AWARDS: 1994
Kempton Park/Tembisa Annual Art Competition, Third Prize.
1993 FNB Vita Art Now, Overall Winner.
1990 Volkskas Atelier, Merit Award.
1989 Sol Plaatjie Sculpture Award, Sculpture Award.
1988 Volkskas Atelier, Merit Award.
International Exhibition of Miniature Art, del Bello Gallery, Toronto, Canada, Honorary Mention.
1987 Style Lighting Design Award, Lighting Award.
Hans Merensky Foundation Wood Sculpture Competition, Merit Award.
Corona del Mar Young Artist Award, Sculpture Award.
1986 Vita Art Now.
1985 Hans Merensky Foundation Wood Sculpture Competition, Joint winner with Koos den Houten.
Johannesburg Art Museum Centenary Sculpture Competition, Finalist.
1983 Emil Schweikerdt Bursary for a study tour of Europe.
1982 New Signatures, Sculpture Prize.
Honorary Mention National Fine Arts Students Exhibition, University of the Witwatersrand.