Africa's greatest bookstore!
David Krut Bookstores
  • Africa's Greatest Bookstore
    Speciality Bookstore


Drypoints at David Krut Print Workshop, Parkwood

At DKW Parkwood Senzo Shabangu created drypoints for his exhibition held at the DKP Gallery two doors down in September. The exhibition was a huge success, entitled Obsession, for more information about Senzo Shabangu and to see his work click here


Universal Archive editioning at David Krut Print Workshop, Parkwood

At DKW Parkwood linocuts were editioned from William Kentridge’s Universal Archive. Below are some images of the process. The complete series of over 70 individual works can be seen here.


Mary Wafer and Quinten Williams at David Krut Print Workshop, Arts on Main

In preparation for her exhibition in early 2013 at David Krut Projects, Jan Smuts, Mary Wafer began working on a series of monotypes. She was joined in the studio by Quinten Williams who was exploring the monotype process for the first time. Below are a selection of images.

Locust Jones at David Krut Print Workshop, Arts on Main

Locust Jones arrived in South Africa for a month long residency, during which he collaborated with David Krut Projects. Rachel Watts has said of Jones: ” (he) invites his audience to explore a dense political and historical visual jungle, presenting chaotic imagery and installation environments that stimulate reflection on societal issues. Derived from a strong empathy for injustices and the disenfranchised, Jones translates and combines various representations of global issues and incidents to reveal propaganda and misinformation purported by the media and the world’s leaders. Acting as a world citizen and independent detective, Jones obsessively trawls through colossal amounts of information in the media while travelling the globe. Engaging with Jones’ work is like turning into a pirate radio broadcast, revealing conspiracy theories that uncover a hidden web of connections. He investigates the way reality and history are constructed and shaped. Amid the nonsense, randomness and overriding pessimism, there are universal truths and logic to be found.”

For more information about Locust Jones, please click here.



Faith47 at David Krut Print Workshop, Arts on Main

Faith47 worked at DKW Arts on Main to co-incide with her project The Long Wait in preparation for her exhibition Fragments of a Burnt History with David Krut Projects, which opened at the end of 2012.

Vusi Khumalo at David Krut Print Workshop, Arts on Main

Vusi Khumalo was at DKW Arts on Main for the proofing of his collograph. In collographs material is attached to rigid surface or plate, this is then inked and wiped like a traditional intaglio plate before passing through the press. The effect is similar to the combination of a print and an embossing.


Deborah Bell at David Krut Print Workshop, Arts on Main

Deborah Bell completed a series of prints which were first showcased at the 2012 Joburg Art Fair. Below are images of Bell and DKW Printer and Workshop Manager Jillian Ross signing the new editions of White Lion, Seal My Ear and Extinguish My Eyes.



Sam Nhlengethwa at David Krut Print Workshop, Arts on Main

In preparation for his exhibition, Conversations, Sam Nhlengethwa worked with DKW. Below are images of Nhlengethwa signing the prints.


Diane Victor at David Krut Print Workshop, Arts on Main

Diane Victor returned from New York following her successful show, Reap and Sow, at DKP New York. During her visit (for more on this trip click here) she began work on a series of prints. Below are some images of Victor working with the printers on these new plates.



Sean Slemon – New Work

Sean Slemon‘s exhibition New Work, he prepared for this at DKW Arts on Main. Below are some images of the workshop preparing the final prints, Slemon during his artist’s talk, as well as images from the opening of the exhibition.




Farewell to Partenheimer

The DKW collaboration with Jürgen Partenheimer. Below are some images from Partenheimer in the Print Workshop, as well as some installation views of his exhibition at Nirox Projects, Arts on Main. For more information on the prints created with DKW, and the artist’s book, please click here.




Shabangu monotypes

Senzo Shabangu worked on a series of monotypes for his previous show at Arts on Main.


8/06/2012 Setting up the press in Parkwood (left) and disscusing Senzo’s new series (right).


10/06/2012 – 12/06/2012   Senzo works on four different plates from the series.


 – Kelsey Brod

June 2012

William Kentridge in DKW Arts on Main, handpainting Peonies. See the rest of the Universal Archive at David Krut Projects, 142 Jan Smuts Avenue.

– LC

May 2012

The workshop is in flower…

– LC

Partenheimer at DKW

Jürgen Partenheimer visited South Africa separately in 2011 and 2012 on a NIROX residency. During this residency he collaborated with poet Lebogang Mashile to create a dialogue between art and poetry as an exploration of shared creative interests which resulted in a poetry reading, exhibition and artist’s book. The etchings and linocuts, Folded Spirits, were created as a continuation of this project with David Krut Print Workshop, assisted by printmakers Jillian Ross and Mlungisi Kongisa.



– LC

March/April 2012

The printers of David Krut Print Workshop, in a collaboration with William Kentridge’s studio team,  carved and printed linos to create a fascinating new body of work. The linocuts began as a series of small ink drawings on old dictionary pages by William Kentridge, executed using broad and thin paintbrushes. As a result, the images are made up of both solid and very fine lines, typical of the unconstrained virtuoso mark for which Kentridge has become known. The drawings have been transferred to linoleum plates, painstakingly carved by a team of printmakers, and printed onto pages of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary and Chamber’s Encyclopaedia.

As a result of this meticulous mechanical translation of a gestural mark, the linocuts push the boundaries of the characteristics traditionally achieved by the medium. The identical brush mark replication of the linocuts make for intriguing nuances, in contrast with the typical characteristics of the printing method. Furthermore, being non-archival old book pages, the paper has very little absorbency and so the ink sits on the surface with an appealing glossy glow. Many of the images are recurring themes in Kentridge’s art and stage productions, such as the cat, trees, coffee pots and the nude. While some images are obvious, others dissolve into abstracted and Japanese Ukiyo-e brushstroke-inspired suggestions.

Below are a selection of images from the Workshop.


– LC

12 December 2011, Arts on Main DKW

It was the last week in the workshop for the year. We were busy proofing new linocuts for William Kentridge. Ink drawings had been transferred onto fifteen individual plates that make up one composite image of a tree. The plates that had been carved are being printed on pages from old dictionaries.













8 December 2011, Arts on Main DKW

Colbert Mashile working on new cat monotypes









1 December 2011, Arts on Main DKW

New William Kentridge linocuts
















October-November 2011, Arts on Main DKW

Faith 47 a Cape Town based Graffiti and street artist was at DKW produced works for her show

















Chris Cozier came in from Trinidad to work in the Print Workshop











Richard Penn in studio finalising a lino cut







Jürgen Partenheimer in Residency at David Krut Print Workshop















1 October 2011, Arts on Main DKW

Senzo Shabangu, continues the theme in the form of a living room L-shaped couch, which is prevalent in his previous works featuring a bed/couch object. On the couch is a detailed layout of Senzo’s journey from his rural home town of Driefontein, to the iconic Joburg CBD in the centre and Sandton City on the end. This is the 3rd print of a series of domestic scenes, which also functions as a reference to Sam Nhlengethwa’s Tribute Prints.












27 September 2011, More shots from the silk screening session and build-up to the 2011 Jhb Art Fair.

Jill Ross, Lingo Rodrigues and Hein Sneygans during the silk screening

process to produce the unique fabrics for the limited edition clothing range by Guillotine.


20 September 2011, DKW, Arts on Main

Lingo Rodrigues & Hein Sneygans


Jill Ross, Lingo Rodrigues and Hein Sneygans during the silk screening

process to produce the unique fabrics for the limited edition clothing range by Guillotine.


The woodcut created by Mary Wafer First Cut: Paper Scissors Block Print

is the print used for the silk screening.





26 August 2011, DKW, Arts on Main










Robyn Penn had been working on monotypes in the workshop. The sky scenes are from a series of paintings she made for her previous exhibition at the Brodie Stevenson Gallery (









British artist Patrick Waterhouse, who also started work yesterday on a hardground etching, was in the workshop. The quirky diagrammatic image of a hunter hiding inside of an elephant is based on a book about the Congo that he was reading.



12 August 2011, DKW, Arts on Main

Mary Wafer (left) and Jillian Ross (right) prepare Wafer’s monoprints for her solo exhibition at David Krut Projects Cape Town. The show, titled Countermeasures.









22 July 2011, DKW, Arts on Main

Senzo Shabangu working on a new linocut, assisted by DKW printer Mlungisi Kongisa.


Senzo Shabangu in studio

Once Senzo has completed carving the image into the lino, it gets glued onto a woodblock so that it can be inserted into the letterpress for printing.

Here, Senzo is adjusting a line while the lino is inserted into the press. This work is still in progress.

Working at DKW is a collaboration between the creative vision of the artist and the technical skill of the printer.






19 July 2011, DKW, Arts on Main

DKW expanding! Bigger workshop, more printing.

Proposed layout for expansion


We are growing!

David Krut Projects expands.

The workshop expanded with a new press, meaning more art and more artists. With the idea of creating a gallery space as well. The bookstore at Arts on Main has since moved into its own space.







8 June 2011, DKW, Arts on Main

Fire Walker Launch

The book Fire Walker was launched at Main Street Life( Fox Street, Johannesburg). Fire Walker is a book inspired by the collaboration between William Kentridge and Gerhard Marx. William and Gerhard were asked to create a sculpture pre the 2010 World Cup, they both termed this steel-plate public sculpture ‘Firewalker’.

The book is a collection of essays which critically analyse Public space and Public works. The Book is available at David Krut Arts Bookstores.



25th May 2011, DKW, Arts On Main

Steven Hobbs Installation.

Stephen Hobbs’ Installation, Grey Dots At The Intersection, was completed at DK Arts On Main.


Stephen Hobbs, Jag Snag: North FAce Detachment Sculpture


Stephen Hobbs, Grey Dots At The Intersection

The Installation was accompanied by an encapsulating 3D model of his work. The work was  further enhanced by a projection of the buildings( shapes) on the installation.


5th May 2011, DKW, Arts on Main

Steven Hobbs installation, in progress.

Stephen Hobbs’ artwork, Grey Dots at The Intersection, is an engulfing, visual ‘play’ of colour and concept. The installation was still being painted onto the wall by Gareth ( Steven’s assistant) at the entrance of DKW at Arts on Main. The artwork speaks volumes, literally and metaphorically.

Grey Dots At The Intersection, Stephen Hobbs

Yesterday Lawrence Lemoana came into the workshop and coincidentally Stephen was there too; which made for an interesting conversation.


21st April, DKW, Arts on Main

Maja Maljevic Displayed at AOM.

Walking into the Gallery at Arts on Main, one is met with bold, vibrant and confident strokes of colour. Here is the emotive, thick- coloured artwork of Maja Maljevic.

Quoting Maja on her work: ” I enjoy a visual ensemble that includes the figurative and the abstract, the organic and geometric, the obvious and the elusive. Put them all together and you get an eclectic remix where any one thing can be something else…”




14th April, DKW, Arts on Main

Stephen Hobbs at AOM

Stephen Hobbs with the DKW AOM printers



Stephen Hobbs had been at the AOM workshop throughout last week, working with the DKW printers on his latest prints. Hobbs had been involved in a series of projects relating to the Johannesburg Art Gallery’s building and its one hundred years of collecting art. He interrogated the gap between the old and the new building in various ways, including a series of prints, which were editioned at DKW.



Mary Wafer goes to NYC

DKW printers: Mlungisi Kongisa, Jillian Ross and Bevan de Wet
Mary Wafer at work at DKW AOM








Mary Wafer had been in studio completing the handpainting on her etchings. She was also preparing for a visit to New York where, amongst other things, she worked at Robert Blackburn Print Studio with master printer, Phil Sanders, who visited DKW Johannesburg in 2008.


8th April, DKW, Jan Smuts Avenue

Coming and Going…

Bronwen Findlay put some finishing touches on the last of the hand painting of her drypoint, sugarlift, etching and monotype prints. She had been working on a variety of intaglio techniques at DKW for the previous couple of weeks. Findlay has experimented with textures and colours, creating complex images that are also delicate and beautifully layered. The prints were also completely editioned.




19th – 20th February, DKW, Arts on Main

Senzo Shabangu spent the weekend in the studio with Bevan. He is a printmaker by trade who is very familiar with the monotype process. He also works a lot in linocut, and is currently working on a plate with us here. Senzo’s imagery deals with the contrast of his rural upbringing with his current life residing in the city. His signature style incorporates figures seemingly leaping out of or standing over either city or rural areas, with the opposing landscape mirroring from above. We decided the best way to portray this was in a narrow, elongated portrait format. Senzo’s work had previously been exhibited in a project space directly above the studio. Senzo completed the prints with some final hand colouring touch ups, he did this mostly with oil pastels.

– Bevan.

Senzo working reductively into a slab of ink
2 fresh prints
Senzo’s signature style, rendered in water soluble crayons


12th – 13th February, DKW, Arts on Main

Tamara Osso printing monotypes. Tamara has since completed her Masters degree in Fine Art at Wits University, she worked primarily as a painter but has strong interests in performance. She has also been a dancer since a young age. The imagery Tamara wanted to work with was based on a performance piece she did where she danced, moved and interacted with tempera paint powder. The performance was done on a glass floor and was photographed from below. The resulting images were of a figure emerging from wiped out trails and traces in the pigment as her body moved through it. While initially her heavily worked painting style did not produce the effect she was looking for, we discovered that the ghost prints and second run ghost prints gave the subtleties and tonal variations that she was after. The idea was to print more abstract and movement based traces over the figures. We suggested actually working with the paint powder on the press bed which would then be activated and absorbed by the damp paper. It produced interesting results with the desired effect.


Tamara “painting” onto the perspex
Scrutinising the base image of the print
Tamara works into the tempera paint powder


5th -6th February, DKW, Arts on Main

We worked with Nelson Makamo, a talented and trendy young artist who works predominantly from downtown Johannesburg. Nelson works largely in drawing, painting, silkscreen and lithography. His works usually comprise of portraits and figures drawn from people he observes in the local communities, rendered in an expressively “sketchy” style. We worked a lot with water-soluble crayons which appealed to his drawing style, creating an aesthetic similar to lithography. Many “drawings” were then reworked and reprinted as ghosts, which led to an interesting progressive sequence from the same image. Other works were done reductively from a slab of ink. By the end of another busy market-day Sunday, Nelson decided to do a massive full sheet reductive work (a portrait from waist up), which was a great success.

– Bevan

Press bed just before printing
Press bed just before printing
Revealing a print
Revealing the print
Working reductively
Nelson working reductively


1st – 2nd February, DKW, Parkwood.

Bronwen Findlay is an old friend of ours, her first visits here date back five years to a time when the studio was just starting out.  Bronwen is one of the most easy-going people one could wish to work with.  She has absolutely no problem handing herself over to process and the surprises that surface when one adopts this kind of mentality in a printmaking studio.  She brought in some expired flowers on the first day, and some fresh ones on the second, including some King Proteas, a personal favorite.  Findlay used the flowers as drawing reference, and occasionally arranges them on top of slabs of ink to be run through the press.  The flowers are crushed in the process, leaving their entrails and impressions in the ink and paper.  She relies on layering colours of different viscosity, usually starting with the most transparent, and ending with ink mixed straight out of the tin. The trick is to perform the ‘flowers through press act’ when David isn’t around.  His concern for the press is unrelenting!


Flowers on death row.
Bronwen marking out a template on the back of a perspex plate.


31 January, DKW, Arts on Main

The idea was to have the workshop open and in use over the weekend so that people visiting the centre can see artists and printers at work, to have a better idea of how prints are made. Rhett Martyn, who specialises mostly in painting, digital arts (often the two in combination) and sculpture, was the first artist to join in this project. When Rhett arrived on Saturday I was initially quite nervous especially because we hadn’t met or even spoken before the day. Within minutes of meeting we discovered we both had a profound obsession with, in our minds, two of the greatest conceptual and intellectual bands of all time, Radiohead and Tool, whose music became the soundtrack for the weekend. The subject matter Rhett wanted to deal with for these monotypes began with photographs of landscapes, taken largely from his phone camera and many whilst driving on a recent trip to the Orange River where he went white-river-rafting over New Years. His idea was to make inversions of the traditional landscape by initially desaturating and inverting his images using Photoshop. The result was near whited out land and dark, ominous skies. The first prints we did were relatively simple and monochromatic, using black, greys and silver. After warming up a little, the painter in him emerged and he began to work much more expressively, covering tables and himself with ink, the outcome of which was a series of near-abstract, ambiguous landscapes which became open to multiple readings from multiple angles. It was a largely successful weekend, and the hustle and bustle of the Sunday market at Arts on Main made for an interesting (if somewhat chaotic at times) work environment. We decided to partially close off the workshop from the bookshop and gallery, so that customers could watch the artist and printer at work without directly disturbing us. Those who took a greater interest than just observing were still able to ask us questions directly. I think it was a very successful first project and I look forward to completing it with Rhett in the next few weeks.


Rhett working on a monotype
Revealing a print
Rhett holds up one of his prints


25th – 28th January, DKW, Parkwood.

Alexandra Ross spent a good part of the week with us having recently returned from an art making stint in Berlin where she had a show.  As is often the case when traveling, her approach to image making has shifted.  She has become obsessed with paper, much to my delight.  She spent some of her time in Berlin modifying oil paints with turpentine before moving pools of the watered down pigment on sheets of Hannemuhle.

I encouraged Alexandra to bring in a variety of acrylic and oil based pigments so that we could experiment with them through the press to see how slightly heavier printmaking paper would react to this very specific mark.  We ended up using a base sheet of paper as a “plate”, by running it through the press with another identically sized sheet on top we could print the mirror image of her drawing.  In her show at David Krut Projects will explore this idea of mirror image and duplicative art making.  Alexandra also tried spitbite aquatint on a copper plate which will be editioned.

One of Alexandra’s “plates”.

21st January 2011, DKW, Parkwood.

Bruce Backhouse returned to the studio after a lengthly absence.  His recent show was a resounding success, so we thought that it would be a great idea to revisit his Karoo Landscapes through the medium of Monotypes.  Today we consolidated a very productive week by laying out the thirty- two pieces  to be viewed as a two-part series.  Bruce has decided to handwork with a pen and calligraphy ink on some of the pieces. The three formats we prepared for Bruce seem to be heightened in the presence of one another.

This body of work has a real strength in its ability to elicit a range of landscapes that, to me are very particular to South Africa.  Instead of drawing reference from other source material, he draws from his own experience, so the images tend to give the “feeling” of a landscape rather than being representational of a particular place.  Bruce complained regularly that he felt high, the studio was swamped in Genuine turpentine fumes, he used up just about an entire bottle to dilute his inks before manipulating them on perspex plates, for printing.  Neil Young and Leonard Cohen provided entertainment.  The project was a good way to open our account this year, and having Bevan de Wet and MC Roodt helping out made for a very pleasant working environment.

-Niall Bingham.

21 January 2011, DKW, Arts on Main

Starting off with a bang:

The Workshop has been running several tests within the variables of the printmaking processes especially focussing on the newly built aquatint box. With everything up and running, artist schedules have been set with many new projects lined up for 2011.

The first artist working at DKW Arts on Main 2011 is Stephen Hobbs who has been working on an architectural drawing in condensed milk on a small copper plate.

David Krut Projects and Print Worksho at Arts on Main is open 7 days a week and everyone is invited to come and see the latest work produced.

– Shaun Marais

19th November 2010, DKW, Arts on Main

During the last two weeks the Print Workshop has been proofing and printing a set of 5 different lino prints together with a drypoint self-portrait of William Kentridge.

The Letterpress is used in this case to print the lino cuts that are stuck onto a piece of wood with semi-permanent glue. The placement of the lino on the wood is important because the print needs to appear on the paper in the same place every time.

– Shaun Marais

27th – 29th November 2010, DKW, Parkwood.

Wilma Cruise, who recently moved to Cape Town, made a return to her old haunt to make a series of monotypes inspired by the portrayal of animals in Alice in Wonderland. In doing so she set about anthropomorphizing portraits of hares, dogs, cats and pigs.  Wilma works really quickly, and with three plates at her disposal, she was able to create thirteen new monotypes.  On Saturday, we wrapped up at lunch time to attend Deborah Bell’s  opening in our project space five doors down from the studio.  Wilma will be taking her prints back to Cape Town to work into them further, whilst treating them as a singular piece, rather than a collection of images in series.

Niall Bingham.

26th November, David Krut Print Workshop, Arts on Main

A busy week at David Krut Projects, Arts on Main:

We prepared the Project space for new hanging on Monday. The main wall features a chronological selection of work by Deborah Bell and is an extension of the Deborah Bell Collaborations II exhibition opening tomorrow at 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood. Throughout the rest of the space, work by artists like Penny Siopis, William Kentridge, Trasi Hennen and Diane Victor can be seen.

Mary Wafer and Richard Penn were in on Tuesday to work on their monotypes. They were joined by Stephen Hobbs who has been busy working on his linocut prints.

The Workshop was cropping prints and filler paper for the Scribble Cat project on Wednesday. Consisting out of 6 prints, pins, packaging, assembly instructions and more, this project has taken a lot of planning.

William Kentridge was in on Thursday and Friday to handpaint and sign more Scribble Cat prints.

– Shaun Marais

19th November, David Krut Print Workshop, Arts on Main

The Print Workshop has completed printing William Kentridge’s Scribble Cat. Kentridge will be adding a layer of handpainting and will also be signing the prints during the next 3 weeks while Jillian and Mlungisi will be numbering and editioning.

On Wednesday, Richard Penn and Mary Wafer worked on monotypes . Next week and Tuesday will be the last monotype day for the David Krut Print Workshop at Arts on Main for 2010. Wafer will be completing her monotypes in 2011.

Stephen Hobbs was also in this week. Hobbs is working on a linocut that Mlungisi has proofed. More on this next week.

– Shaun Marais

15th November, David Krut Print Workshop, Jan Smuts Avenue

My two week absence from blogging is a result of two Kentridge editions that needed completing (Odelisque and El Lizitsky).  Not much activity here in terms of artists in- studio, it has been a quiet time for me to catch up and plan for the remainder of the year, and 2011.  Diane Victor has just arrived back from her time in New York City, she popped in for a chat last week Friday.  She seems really enthusiastic about the way people responded to her smoke drawings, although she had hoped that her prints would be the focus of her visit.  Diane and I will be working on some monotypes starting tomorrow.  She will also need me to proof a large drypoint plate she has been working on for the last few months.  Last week I managed to proof eight Zink plates that Deborah Bell created about twenty years ago, whilst teaching etching.  The plates have never been editioned, so we may explore the possibility of small editions in the spirit of retrospection.

-Niall Bingham

12 November 2010 – David Krut Print Workshop, Arts on Main

The summer rain has been pouring down at Arts on Main this week. The cloudy weather makes for the best atmosphere to appreciate the architecture of the city.

Amongst other projects, the Print Workshop is working on monotypes. Richard Penn and Mary Wafer joined us on Tuesday. During her first session with us, Wafer started working on Perspex sheets that she had slightly etched into. Using a solid layer of black ink, Wafer started working reductively on the Perspex to create white lines inside of a dark print.

Richard Penn continued his monotypes from July/August. Penn is using shapes to inlclude and exclude ink on various parts of a print. He is also experimenting with Toshi Washi which will eventually be chine colléd onto various works.

– Shaun Marais

5 November 2010 – David Krut Print Workshop, Arts on Main

Mlungisi is printing Deborah Bell’s Harmonia to an edition of 20 with the help of Frederick Clarke. Harmonia I is an EV (Edition Variation) of Harmonia and is also editioned to 20 prints. Harmonia I has an extra layer of Chine Collé. A figure is printed seperately on Japanese Toshi Washi paper. Toshi Washi is a thin sheet of paper (28g/m) that will be glued and printed onto the original Harmonia to become Harmonia I.

– Shaun Marais

29th October – David Krut Print Workshop, Arts on Main

The edition of William Kentridge’s Scribble Cat is nearing completion at the David Krut Print Workshop, Arts on Main. This limited edition of 30 prints are each made up of 6 individual prints from 6 different copper plates combined to form one artwork. That makes for more than 180 prints to be completed. It will be available from December 2010.

– Shaun Marais

28th October

The Shadowclub is probably my favourite South African rock band, their frontman Jacques Moolman spent some time with me in studio this week.  The three piece group will be releasing their debut album Good Morning Killer next year.  In preparation, Jacques singled out five images that will feature in the album art, designed by Natalie at TBWA.  He translated them into linocuts, which I proofed yesterday, our plan is to make small editions of these plates to sell at an event early next year.   The Shadowclub will perform on the roof at Arts on Main, to promote the upcoming album.  The linocut posters will be an invaluable addition to the performance.  Art and music are undeniably worthless without each other, this event will bring them together.  Jacques and I listened to the Black Keys, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and much more while we worked.  We will keep you posted about the event once we have finalized all the details.

-Niall Bingham.

12th & 13th October

Jill Trappler lives and works in Cape Town where she facilitates art classes and makes art.  During her stay here she took part in an exhibition at The Bag Factory, and was represented at SA Fashion Week  where four of her pieces from the series notions of being / moments of being were on show.

Jill was open to the idea of spending two mornings with me in the studio, working on monotypes.  She has taken the five resulting images back to Cape Town with her to work into further.  I thoroughly enjoyed working with Jill, her calm and humble demeanour made for a contemplative and quiet working environment.

4th October to 8th October

Colbert Mashile spent the week in studio with Mlungisi and I, working mostly on new monotypes.  We also revisited an etching he completed in 2004 (Ka Masa). We cropped the plate and printed it onto Chine Colle paper, Masile then hand painted these prints which were finally attached to a  Somerset Velvet support paper.  We introduced Colbert to the possibility of painting onto wood, during down time in the studio he managed to complete two oil paintings.  One of them seems to have been inspired by a Jimi Hendrix track he enjoyed called Voodoo Chile.   Mashile lives and works in Hazyview in the province of Mpumalanga.

17th September  to 20th September

Vulindlela Nyoni is the printmaking lecturer under whom I studied printmaking at the University of KwaZulu-Natal some years ago.  We have been flirting with the idea of collaborating in Johannesburg for over a year, since his last visit here, when we screenprinted onto some digital images that were exhibited at Resolution Gallery.  Since then he has begun his PhD, in which he will be writing about the process of collaboration, and the metaphysical spaces that exist between human interactions.  In the last four days we have been working together on monotypes that reflect on these ideas of  communicative spaces.

It was an absolute honour to work with the man who introduced me to the greatness that is printmaking, and the resulting nine monotypes are a testament to how well we interact in this context.  We listened to a number of bands during the thirty hours we spent in the studio, but Radiohead was the most useful to both of us, particularly the post Kid A material.  In early October a selection of these works can be viewed at a group show that includes other young artists who have grappled with monotypes over the past two months.  The show opens at David Krut Projects on 7th October.

17th September – David Krut Projects Arts on Main Workshop

Jill and Mlungisi started printing the latest of William Kentridge’s prints entitled Scribble Cat during the last week. The work consists of 6 copper plates on which Kentridge has used various techniques (Sugarlift Aquatint, Spitbite Aquatint, Drypoint and hand-painting). One of the handpainted Artist Proofs is currently being exhibited at the Marian Goodman Gallery in Paris.

– Shaun Marais

9th September – David Krut Projects Arts on Main Workshop

Maja Maljevic has completed 13 Monoprints so far and is working on completing a few more. The Mono-prints are one-of-a-kind prints but also contain certain elements that link them all together.

– Shaun Marais

6th September

Jess’s close friend, Claire Stewart joined us for our evening session in which Jess directed Claire as she moved on the inked press bed.  Jess felt that Claire’s greater flexibility, and her own detachment from the mark making could generate some new effects with which she could shift focus in her monotypes.  At present, Jess is negotiating the possibility of a show, foregrounding what has become a substantial body of prints.

– Niall Bingham

1st September – David Krut Projects Arts on Main Workshop

This week, Maljevic continued working with various kinds of imagery and in one specific print, re-used older imagery from an etching done in 2009. Her carefully chosen colour combinations and meticulous way of applying them, forms an important part of her work.

– Shaun Marais

1st September

Alexandra Makhlouf joined me today, having spent some time observing Stompie and Jess working on monotypes previously.  She prepared diligently for our time together, and todays images are based on three novels.  Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and George Orwell’s Animal farm, and 1984.  We spent the day working with mostly greys, modifying them acutely with reds and blues.  Alexandra is not a big fan of elaborate colouring, so we kept our shifts quite subtle.  She will be returning tomorrow to further this body for a monotype group show to be held at DKP in October.

– Niall Bingham

31st August – David Krut Projects Arts on Main Workshop

David Koloane was visiting the printing workshop at Arts on Main and spent the day hand painting prints.

– Shaun Marais

31st August

Jessica Webster set about resolving the remaining body imprints we pulled last Monday night.  Once we had completed them, we had a look at the entire body of work as a whole.  It was quite satisfying to see the vast improvements we have made in terms of execution.  Jess is now interested in furthering the series with a few slight adjustments to the initial process of removing ink.  She has invited a friend of hers, who is a performing artist, to move around on slabs of ink under her direction.  In this way she will remove herself from the initial mark-making process.

– Niall Bingham

26th August – David Krut Projects Arts on Main Workshop

DKW at Arts on Main is currently editioning Willem Boshoff’s new etching Highveld from his recent show Big Druid in his Cubicle. It is being printed in an edition of 25 and is set to be released on 5 September 2010.

– Shaun Marais

19th August – David Krut Projects Arts on Main Workshop

Maja Maljevic’s monotype project has been extended. Maljevic is working on finalising the work she has done throughout the last few weeks.

Sam Nhlengethwa also visited Arts on Main today and worked in collaboration with Mlungisi Kongisa to produce works for his exhibition at the Goodman Gallery set to open 26 August 2010. Please click here to see more work from this series by Sam Nhlengethwa.

– Shaun Marais

16th August

Jessica Webster arrived just after five, we planned to work after hours to avoid the embarrassment of nude confrontations with staff members.  Jess wanted to work on a large format, so I marked out a full sheet of Somerset Velvet on the underside of the perspex covering the press bed.  She decided to work in what she described as a “Chevrolet 80’s green”, a colour similar to the one she used for her smaller monotypes (Cadmium yellow, Thalo Blue R/S and black custom mix).  I rolled out a slab of this colour, left the studio, and allowed her to roll in it.  The ink was removed as it stuck to her skin.  Depending on her body position the ink was removed in a variety of ways.  Once Jess had reclothed herself, I returned to print, with the assistance of Thandi Phakedi, Jess’s sister.  I’d like to think that Sigur Ros provided an appropriately moody atmosphere for the evening.  We all enjoyed a lamb curry from Parker’s Grill for dinner, chef Gulam’s speciality.  Jess returns on Friday to resolve the images, fully clothed.

– Niall Bingham.

11th August

What happens at Oppikoppi stays there, covered in dust.  Visit for photographs and articles.

Stompie was in today to resolve his eight monotypes.  He used Imbali Glue, which resembles cold glue in colour and consistency, to collage torn pieces of burnt tissue onto the surface of his monotypes.  It was quite bizarre working on prints the entire day without even touching the press.  I am a little worried that they will not flatten sufficiently in our drying rack, as they were showing signs of severe warping.  This happens as the Imbali glue dries and pulls the support paper fibres inwards.

– Niall Bingham

5th August

Jess arrived feeling slightly ill today, everyone seems to have been hit with influenza this winter.  She insisted that she was fit enough to continue with the monotypes, so we completed the remaining three images, to realize the nine-part installation.  Next week thursday is going to be very interesting: Jess wants to roll around in a slab of ink, on the bed, and print the resulting scuff marks.  This will involve nudity so her sister, Thandi, will be assisting with the crazy press manoeuvres, and I’ll deal with the printmaking part.  Jess is interested in Jasper Johns, and the Modernist paradigm of treating ‘the surface’ as a skin.  Apparently Johns had planned to create paintings using his body to pigment canvases, but never got around to it.  Thanks be to Mazzy Star and Lou Reed for today’s introspective folk.  Tomorrow I head off to the Oppikoppi music festival in Limpopo province, North-West of Johannesburg.

– Niall Bingham

3rd August

This day will be remembered for a personal milestone having been reached.  There were no elaborate celebrations when I finished the last of Diane Victor’s Birth of a Nation prints, but it felt really good.  All thats left to do when she returns from her Mt. Kilimanjaro trip is to sign and curate the editions.  If you haven’t yet heard of newcomers, Tame Impala, they are an Australian Psych Rock band.  I highly recommend that you give them a listen.

Tomorrow, Jessica Webster returns to resume her monotype installation with me.  In other news, William Kentridge has started working on a large print, so I have been melting aquatints onto plates for him to work on. The crew at AOM have been assisting him with the etching and proofing, as his studio is in close proximity to ours.

– Niall Bingham

30 July 2010 – David Krut Projects Arts on Main Workshop

Genevieve Lowe and Hannah Dumes are responsible for running David Krut Projects in New York. They are curently in South Africa working with David Krut Publishing in Johannesburg. They were visiting the DKW printing workshop at Arts on Main this week, and because they both have experience in printmaking, they were able to give some input in the printing workshop. Maja Maljevic and Richard Penn continued working on their monotypes.

– Shaun Marais

29 July 2010 – David Krut Projects Arts on Main Workshop

This week, Fred Clarke worked on his monotypes from DKW, Arts on Main. Fred used his distinctive style; applying ink onto Perspex with different brush strokes, smudging, cleaning and reapplying until he was satisfied with the final product.

– Shaun Marais

29th July

Jess Webster joined me in the studio today which meant I could listen to my dubstep collection (at high volume) without any feelings of guilt.  It was a great day for both of us, I dropped my insecurities about monotype collaboration, and she her skepticism about the technique.  Jess brought in some stills that she stumbled upon from a video piece she did while studying undergrad at Michaelis.  Imagine a female nude in a swimming pool with pig bladders.  Jess was focused so we made about 10 monotypes, some of which are incomplete, for next time.  They are quite small bleed prints, but we are going to hang them as a set, in a block, and we’ve been treating each print as a component of a greater picture.

– Niall Bingham

26th July

Stompie and I had a very productive day in the workshop, completing his monotypes from our last session together, and starting on 4 new scroll-like mixed media prints.  He continued his burning and attaching process, and we used inked up string to emboss.  Coltrane, and a variety of other experimental soundscapes entertained us through the day.  On wednesday I’ll be visiting him at his studio in Troyeville, and we’ll probably end up at the Troyeville Hotel after- for dinner and a pint or two.  Stompie actually owns his own press, when he’s not making prints with me, he’s doing it alone at home.

– Niall Bingham

24 July

DKW printer Mlungisi Kongisa began first collaboration with Fred Clarke on a series of monotypes.

– Luke Crossley

23 July

Niall Bingham resumed work on a series of montypes with Stompie Selibe (see below). Jessica Webster was observing the monotype process. Juliet White was on hand to observe and speak to the artists. Her text can be seen here.

– Luke Crossley

22 July 2010 – David Krut Projects Arts on Main Workshop

Richard Penn and Maja Maljevic worked at Arts on Main for the second week of the Monotype project. This week, Richard continued to explore different methods to acquire the exact technique he was after. He mostly used an electrical Dremel tool on Perspex sheets. Maljevic was working meticulously on different types of paper using layers and inks to produce some pleasantly unexpected results. Some of the paper used was thin and transparent and printing was done on both sides of the paper to produce different effects. They will carry on working with us on Thursdays for the next 2 weeks.

– Shaun Marais

20th July

For the last two days I’ve been finishing off Diane Victor’s Leda and the White-Backed Vulture edition.  Alexandra Makhlouf came in this morning and stationed herself out in the front studio, and busied herself with drawing onto proofs I pulled off her spitbite plate.  Luckily she brought in her own earphones, so she didn’t have to subject herself to my loud Dubstep beats in the printmaking studio.

– Niall Bingham

16th July

Stompie and I met at the crack of dawn to begin our three day monotype project.
Stompie is an accomplished musician who often incorporates music into aspects of his image making. Interestingly, he used fire to ‘draw’ into Chine Colle paper as a point of departure. We attached the burnt sheets to Somerset cotton rag paper using Methyl Cellulose and the pressure of the press. A transparent grey ink provided a second layer, and some interesting effects occurred as the ink met two differently textured papers on the surface of the print. For the third run Stompie rubbed ink into string and placed it on the bed which, once printed, provided a drawn line with embossing.
Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland provided us with a sound to compliment the process of bringing musical doodlings into a visual arena.

– Niall Bingham

15th July 2010 – David Krut Projects Arts on Main Workshop

We finally have the printing workshop up and running at AOM. Jill and Mlungisi are now mainly working from here. These pictures are from their first week in the new workshop.
AOM is open on Thursday evenings until 8. We had Maja Maljevic and Richard Penn visit us this Thursday. Maja worked on some prints while Richard Penn was making marks with different tools on Perspex. Steven Hobbs has also been working here on some images during the past 2 weeks.

Maja and Richard will be joining us again next Thursday.

-Shaun Marais

15th July 2010

I editioned Diane Victor’s Leda and the White-Backed Vulture, and prepared for Stompie Selibe’s arrival tomorrow. We will be working together for the first time in over a year, on monotypes.

– Niall Bingham

14th July 2010

I continued today with the editioning of Diane Victor’s Ganemede, which I completed in the morning. I resumed editioning Actaeon Dreams – it appears that this plate will need some touching up by the artist as some of the lines have broken-down substantially.

– Niall Bingham

13th July

Bingham began Diane Victor’s Ganemede drypoint.

– Luke Crossley

12th July

Alexandra Mahklouf in to work at DKW studio and also mixed inks to produce one new monotype, working with Niall Bingham.

– Luke Crossley

Have no product in the cart!