Description

Paul Stopforth is known in South Africa for work that comments on the harshness and injustices of life under apartheid. His art – comprising sculpture, drawing, painting, and printmaking – is not, however, narrowly political but instead occupies a space ‘between the material and the spiritual, imaging finitude and mortality’.

Under intense pressure because of his political affiliations, Stopforth left South Africa in the 1980s. He had helped to stage a groundbreaking and provocative exhibition at the Market Theatre Gallery (where he was Director from 1977 to 1984) and later ran into trouble with the apartheid government over his powerful series of works based on the forensic photographs of Steve Biko’s badly battered body.

Stopforth settled in the US, but over the years he has maintained ties with the country of his birth, returning for short periods to do work that engages intensely with the physical and psychological landscapes of home. In 2004, during a residency on Rob­ben Island he created a series of poignant paintings reflecting on the intense memo­ries contained in such objects as old blanket pins, bowls, and bars of soap used by the prisoners incarcerated on the Island before 1994. The series stands as a watershed in his oeuvre, connecting past to present not only in its subject matter but in Stopforth’s own trajectory as an artist.

Stopforth has exhibited his work since 1971 in galleries and museums in South Africa, the United States and Europe. He has served as curator and juror for a number of insti­tutions and competitions, and in 2004 he delivered the Ruth First Memorial Lecture at Brandeis University.

 

 

Additional information

Publisher

Language

English

Date Published

2010

ISBN

9780981432823

Specifications

Softcover, 69pp, 27 x 21 cm

Reviews

  1. Siya Mdoda

    I would like to congratulate Paul Stopforth,my name is Siya Mdoda I had a nice time with him at a workshop in Robin Island few years back, would like to be in contact with him again if he is around in S.A.
    keep well.

  2. Karel Tip

    I’m looking forward to this publication. Paul was a prominent member of a relatively small number of splendid South African artists who devoted their creative talents to exposing apartheid for the dreadful beast that it was. Salutations, Paul!

  3. Suzanne Brenner

    Like all the banana crowd who knew Paul in Durban, I too look forward to this publication. Hello Paul. Hello Karel.

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