Born in Durban in 1953, Jeremy Wafer received his BA degree from the University of Natal and his Masters in Fine Art degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1987. Since then, his sculptural and print work has remained informed by an artistic language which is modular, minimal and contemplative, and which varies in aesthetic effect and social purpose. By way of a conceptual sensibility that is at once rigorously structured and radically open, Wafer explores with extreme subtlety the complex territories of culture and identity.
His talent for engaging these themes through work that is as visually seductive as it is socially potent has brought him numerous awards and international residencies, and he has exhibited extensively both locally and abroad. Wafer lives in Durban with his wife Colleen, who collaborates with him on most of his projects. he has taught at Natal Technikon since 1983.
Philippa Hobbs, the author of this educational supplement, is the co-coordinator of literature and publishing for the MTN Art Institute, and is also a practising printmaker who has held many exhibitions of her own work. She maintained the post of Senior Lecturer in printmaking at the Technikon Witwatersrand from 1986 to 1993. Since 1995 she has been engaged in research on South African printmaking, and has published books and art teaching resources for South African learners and teachers.
TAXI is a series of titles on contemporary South African artists, initiated in 1999 by the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and published by David Krut Publishing. The series aims to extend the profile of South African artists both locally and abroad, and in collaboration with the MTN Art institute, to develop an active educational programme and teaching resource archive.