GUY DU TOIT

 
Born in 1958, Rustenburg, Northern Province

EDUCATION
Pretoria Boys High School.
1982     Graduated from the University of Pretoria BA (Fine Art) Degree with a distinction in sculpture.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2004     Three person exhibition (with Johan Moolman and Ivan du Toit). Gordart. Johannesburg.
2004     Two person exhibition (with Judith Mason). South African Arts Association. Pretoria.
2003     Earthworks/Claybodies. (with Deborah Bell, Wilma Cruise, Josephine Ghesa). Pretoria Art Museum,
            16 March – 26 May and Standard Bank Corporate Gallery 8 July – 30 August 2003.
2001     Observations. A group exhibition with Wilma Cruise and Diane Victor. The Open Window
            Contemporary Art Gallery, Pretoria.
2000     Strata. An exhibition with Egon Tania. Bamboo, Johannesburg.
1999     Objects of Desire. The Open Window Contemporary Art Gallery, Pretoria.
            Conversation. The Open Window Contemporary Art Gallery, Pretoria.
1999     Two person show with Walter Meyer - Knysna Fine Art, Knysna
1998     ‘GAROB (the dry land)’ - group exhibition, Knysna Fine Art, Knysna
            Klein Karoo National Art Festival - Oudtshoorn
            ‘Unplugged III’ -Rembrandt van Rijn Gallery, Johannesburg
            ‘The Spirit and Images of Africa’ - SAAA, Pretoria
            ‘Public Sculpture Competition - Maquette Exhibition’  - Urban Arts Foundation & Assoc. For Visual
            Art, Cape Town
            ‘Prestige Exhibition: Assoc. of Friends of the Pretoria Art Museum’ - Pretoria Art Museum
            ‘Mike Edwards 60th Anniversary Exhibition’ - SAAA, Pretoria
1997     St Mary’s DSG Exhibition - Pretoria
            Purple and Green - Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria
            Opening Exhibition - Knysna Fine Art, Knysna
1996     Pretoria Technikon Lecturers’ Exhibition - Centurion Municipal Gallery, Centurion
            Opening Ceremony Exhibition - Open Window Art Academy, Pretoria
            Sculpture Symposium Exhibition - Pretoria Technikon, Pretoria
1995     Pretoria Technikon Lecturers’ Exhibition - Centurion Municipal Gallery, Centurion
            Images in Metal - SA Touring Exhibition
            Space / (Dis)place - Africus Biennial, Electric Workshop, Johannesburg
            Art Alive ‘95 - Ruddell Theatre, Pretoria
1995     The Union Buildings Revisited: New Figuration from the Greater Pretoria Region - ABSA Gallery,
            Johannesburg
            Fashionart - Johannesburg Art Museum
            Group exhibition - ICA, Gauteng
1994     Vita Art Award Exhibition - Johannesburg Art Museum
            Kempton Park Municipality Award Exhibition - Kempton Park Civic Centre
            Contemporary Art From South Africa - Deutsche Aerospace, Munich, Germany
            Art Alive ‘94 - Ruddell theatre, Pretoria
            George 24 - Strydom 7 Jordaan Gallery, George
            Moving Experiences - Everard Read Contemporary Gallery, Johannesburg; toured The Netherlands
            and Germany
            Radio Show - Everard Read Contemporary Gallery, Johannesburg; toured The Netherlands and
            Germany
1993     Joint exhibition - Studio 161, Pretoria
            Volkskas Atelier Award Exhibition - SAAA Johannesburg
            Natural History Museum, Taipei, Republic of China
            Pretoria Artists - UNISA
            Momentum Life Art - Pretoria Art Museum
            Arts Alive ‘93 - Ruddell Theatre, Pretoria
            Solo exhibition - Everard Read Contemporary Gallery, Johannesburg
            Solo exhibition - Everard Read Contemporary Gallery, Johannesburg
1992     Pretoria Artists on the Triennial - SAAA, Pretoria
            29 Artists - Intersaal, University of Pretoria
            Opening Exhibition - Everard Read Contemporary Gallery, Johannesburg
1991     Volkskas Atelier Award Exhibition - SAAA, Johannesburg
1989     Volkskas Atelier Award Exhibition, SAAA
1988     Vita Art Now - Johannesburg Art Gallery
            Of Well Known Sculptors - Potchefstroom
            Solo exhibition - Gallery 21, Johannesburg
1984     Solo exhibition - SAAA, Pretoria

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 Prize
1988     Volkskas Atelier Merit Award
            International Exhibition of Miniature Art, Del Bello Gallery, Toronto, Canada - Honorary Mention
1987     Style Lighting Design Award
            Hans Merensky Foundation Wood Sculpture Competition - Merit Award
            Corona Del Mar Young Artist Award for Sculpture
1986     Vita Art Now Quarterly Award Winner
1985     Hans Merensky Foundation Wood Sculpture Competition - Joint Winner
            Johannesburg Art Museum Centenary Sculpture Competition - Finalist
1983     Emil Schweickerdt Bursary for a study tour of Europe
1982     Sculpture Prize, New Signatures Exhibition, Pretoria

COLLECTIONS: ART MUSEUMS
Bloemfontein Museum
Durban Art Museum
Namibia Art Museum
National Gallery, Cape Town
Oliewenhuie Art Museum, Bloemfontein
Pelmama Permanent Art Collection
Pietersburg Art Gallery
Port Elizabeth Art Gallery
Pretoria Art Museum
Tatum Gallery

COLLECTIONS: ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS
Durban Technikon
Pretoria Technikon
Pretoria Boys High School
St Mary’s Girls School, Johannesburg
University of Natal
University of Pretoria
University of the Free State
University of the Witwatersrand
UNISA

BUSINESS / CORPORATE
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
Foundation for the Creative Art
Gauteng Provincial Administration
Gencor
Human Sciences Research Council
Mercedes Benz Collection
Nampower
South African Broadcasting Corporation
South African National Defence Force
Sasol
Wooltru

ABOUT THE ARTIST
After completing his compulsory National Service, du Toit registered for a BA (Fine Arts) Degree at Pretoria University in 1982. He was employed in the Fine Arts Department as a Technical Assistant until 1986. In 1987 he taught at the Johannesburg Art, Ballet, Music and Drama School and in 1990 at the Pelmama Academy in Soweto.
Du Toit is currently a professional practising sculptor. He works in a variety of media including bronze, stone, wood and steel. He draws in pen, ink and charcoal.

IN THE WORDS OF THE ARTIST
“My objects come from my immediate environment, selected for their non-heroic, open-ended meaning.  Bells, for instance, may refer either to slavery or liberty.
My overriding concern is that of reality and illusion; the fusing of Western and African realities is somehow reflected in this ambiguity.”

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 institution, 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
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.
- Muffin Stevens