Sasol New Signatures 2019

Pretoria student wins Sasol New Signatures 2019 with oil on canvas work. 

Pretoria student, Patrick Rulore, 24, currently completing a National Diploma in Fine Arts at the Tshwane University of Technology, has been announced as the winner of the 2019 Sasol New Signatures Art Competition. 

Rulore has won the coveted award for his oil on canvas work titled Stage 4 moments.  In his artist statement he said, “In the beginning of this year (2019), South Africa had to endure extreme shortages in electricity supply with electricity scheduled in stages. This painting portrays stage 4, signifying that the electricity of a large sector of the community has been cut off”.

In his painting, Rulore has captured the typical behaviour of his family during load shedding and the artwork celebrates the fact that all electrical devices are set aside during these blackouts, allowing the family to interact with each other, face to face, to talk, laugh and play games. 

As the winner of Sasol New Signatures, Rulore walks away with a cash prize of R100 000 and the opportunity to have a solo exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum in 2020. 

The runner-up of 2019 is Durban Master’s student Luyanda Zindela, with a pen, ink and graphite work on pine-board titled Phowthah sis’ Mgabadeli. In this work, he explores the limitless possibilities of a medium so readily available that it is often taken for granted. “I have tried to capture the boundless intricacies of black skin using traditional pen and ink drawing techniques like cross-hatching and stippling,” said Zindela. As runner-up, he walks away with R25 000. 

The 5 Merit Award Winners are:

Nico Athene  (Johannesburg)
After After Party (Resurrection)
Angelique Patricia Mary Bougaard (University of Johannesburg)
Mixed media drawing on handmade paper
Cecilia Maartens-Van Vuuren (Bloemfontein)
A presentiment
Dried roots
Kgodisho Moloto
Disguise mask
Pot scrubs and wire
Mlamuli Eric Zulu (Durban)
Enlightened Art gathering
Mixed media