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A collaborative art exhibition featuring the works of Theo Paul Vorster and Hennie Meyer will put ‘man’s best friend’ in the spotlight.

Entitled Re-worked K9 the exhibition, it takes place at RK Contemporary, Riebeek Kasteel’s newest art gallery, from 27 April to 23 May, 2018. The show will see these two renowned artists depicting reworked artworks of real and fictitious dogs belonging to celebrated artists through the ages.

“It is a tongue in cheek depiction of the dogs that never featured in the works of their famous owners,” explains Theo Paul Vorster, who is well-known for his bold and colourful linocuts. “We are using the dogs as a metaphor to remind us not to forget the special things in life that are not recorded or shared.”

Vorster’s original hand cut and coloured lino blocks will be featured on the exhibition, as well as limited edition lino prints of this work.

Man’s best friend Picasso and Lump - Hennie Meyer
Picasso and Lump – Hennie Meyer

First collaboration

Hennie Meyer, an acclaimed ceramist who works predominantly in earthenware, carving into the clay and then using a printing technique to transfer images on to the clay, explains that although he and Vorster have known each other for many years, this will be the first time the two artists will be working together.

“As there were mutual interests in the subject matter this exhibition provided the ideal opportunity for our collaboration. We also have many similarities in our artistic processes – with both end products being very tactile.”

Meyers work has evolved over the years from free standing vessels to include contemporary wall based art – both of which will be on exhibition at Re-worked K9.

Astrid McLeod, the owner and curator of RK Contemporary says that both artists will be on hand at the opening of the exhibition to answer any questions on their work, their inspiration and the techniques used.

“Hennie and Theo have always admired each other’s art. Both artists have a very unique style and share elements such as lively line work, vibrant colour and a whimsical thematic approach. This is a very exciting collaboration and I cannot wait to see the completed works.”

“RK Contemporary was launched towards the end of 2017 with the purpose of bringing fresh new art and art experiences to the public. This collaboration, and its unusual theme, is a first for these two acclaimed artists and is in keeping with RK Contemporary’s goal,” concludes McLeod.

What: Re-worked K9 the exhibition
Where: RK Contemporary Gallery, Riebeek Kasteel
When: 27 April to 23 May, 2018
Contact: Astrid McLeod 083 6533 697,