Cape Town Trip

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When I arrived in Cape Town on Friday the 17th I was greeted by a very friendly butler, named Lizo, at the Old Foundry Hotel, where I spent one evening.

Then on Friday Night (the actual reason for my trip to Cape Town) was to meet up with Michelle Paterson (Director of MContemporary gallery)

Michelle Paterson and myself

, Louise Rush (the manager of the gallery)

Here I am with Louise Rush

as well as a couple of their collectors, especially Paul and Dimi Korkidas, from Australia, for dinner at Thali – a contemporary Indian Restaurant in Cape Town.

Paul, Dimi and me

It was truly a wonderful experience. One I will never forget.

The next day I spent 5 hours at the Cape Town Art Fair

Apart form the sensory overload, it was great to bump into fellow artists like Elske Henderson:

It was also insightful to do the walkabout with curator Sean O’ Toole who talked about his curated solo booths project at the fair.

It was interesting to hear him commenting that artists-‘friends’ for eg: Jeanne Gaigher who was accepted and despite their age, Gerhard Marx as well as Joachim Schonfeld were accepted- as if age should matter. And he also mentioned the ‘art world politics’ where Marx left Goodman for Everard read, etc…..So afterwards I cornered Sean and asked him if my work was not accepted because I am too old, or not his friend, or not with the ‘right’ gallery or is it my work that was not strong enough?

I probaby caught him by surprise, but as a critic I feel that he should be able to handle a straight forward question. His answer was that he was not responsible for the selection, but that the “Art Fair People” chose the 10 galleries that he had to work with. mmmm…..


Up next was a visit with some family members. Here I am with my belated mom’s eldest brother and his wife (Fanie & Annatjie Kruis), whom I haven’t seen since my mom’s passing more than 20 years ago.

As well as my cousin Stephan Kruis:

Then on Sunday I spent some time with an old school friend (Jeanine Kotze) and her family in Stellenbosch. They took me around town and we had a wonderful time catching up.

Unfortunately I left Stellenbosch the next day with a tummy bug, but are on my way to recovery. Looking forward to get back into the studio.


Thank you Paris!

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Installation view Booth B12 with Deepest Darkest Gallery

A huge thank you to Deepest Darkest Art Gallery for representing my work at the AKAA (Also Known As Africa) Art Fair in Paris, France!

Clear skies in Paris

Also a big thank you to everyone who visited the booth and responded to my work! Much appreciated.

Image courtesy of the gallery
image courtesy of the gallery
Installation view Image courtesy of the gallery
Deon Redman From Deepest Darkest Gallery talking about my work at the AKAA art fair

All images courtesy of the gallery

AKAA Art Fair with Deepest Darkest Art Gallery

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I am delighted to announce that Deepest Darkest Art Gallery will represent a new body of work at this year’s AKAA (Also Known As Africa) Art Fair in Paris France this year.

Hannalie Taute The tailor stood in front of a tree 2022

I work primarily with the captured image by utilizing vintage photographs sourced from flea markets and even from my own family archives, which are used as is, or blown up to a larger scale as can be seen here.

Hannalie Taute The people gathered to watch as…Beautiful music filled the room

There is a tension in using family photographs because their purpose is sentimental, functional, personal and therefore not usually considered as art objects. By replacing the faces with embroidered rubber masks from different cultures, these vintage photographs become mysterious objects of preservation

Hannalie Taute “Who lives here” asked the beautiful Princess

“Appearances are a construction, a merging from the debris of all that has previously appeared” John Berger

Hannalie Taute “Last night I was kissed by oh, so handsome a man” said the princess 2022

Gary Edson in his book: Masks and masking wrote “The history of early humans continues to be discovered in the symbols, images and myths that have survived and masks are an important part of the process”

Hannalie Taute Noble boys grew to be wise and strong 2022

The masks are a disguise.  It is a method of hiding the identity of an individual for purposes of transformation as can be seen in the work titled: Three noble boys grew to be wise and strong.

Hannalie Taute The puppets bought a ticket for a puppet show 2022

In the work:  The puppets bought a ticket for the puppet show. These portraits, by losing their original identities, have the chance to become something different. They tell a story of distant colonies and traditions taken across continents to an unknown land populated by, in this case, puppets.

These discarded remnants of the past are reworked, and the treatment of these remnants are at times ghoulish and macabre, for example “Thank you for saving my life said the wicked cat” where I used a photograph of my mother in law as a child and We both love cats.  The lace like skull (constructed from discarded doillies – by the way a doillie is a small ornamental mat made of lace or paper or thread and are usually put on a plate under cakes or other sweet food.  ) This work is perhaps symbolic of the end of youth and a look at my own mortality.

Hannalie Taute “Thank you for saving my life” said the wicked cat

Text used as titles, are like the photographs – found, reconfigured and appropriated as a narrative. I am interested in how simply changing the text underneath an image can radically altered the image’s message.

The combination of text and photos gives me freedom to make relationships between words cut from vintage colouring books and found photographs as well as my own embroidered masks inspired by African, and other cultural masks.

Fairy tales and characters from stories are a theme that goes back to some of my earliest works – like these doll like rubber works that can be seen here:

A MOO-dy girl

So if you find yourself in Paris from tomorrow 21 October 2022- 23 October 2022, please pop in at Booth B12 Carreau du Temple, 4 Rue Eugene Spuller, Paris, to view the works in the flesh!

I wish you a good Knight – I mean night 😉

A good Knight

p.s if you can not make it to Paris, feel free to register your interest with the gallery by sending an email to

Thank you Sydney!

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A big thank you to MContemporary gallery, for showcasing my work, as well as the collectors and everyone for visiting the gallery booth during the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair this year!

I am proud to be represented by such a wonderful gallery, and excited that my work will be included in some magnificent private collections.

The art fair exhibition continues online until September the 18th. Follow the link here

Sydney Contemporary 2022

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I am happy to announce that “A nice friendly giant proudly walked into the forest” will be on exhibition with MContemporary gallery booth H06 at this year’s Sydney Contemporary Art Fair!

Installation view at the fair courtesy of the gallery

for more info please email or visit the Giant at the gallery booth during the fair.

Hannalie Taute A nice friendly giant proudly walked into the forest (family friendly) 119 x 84 cm Photographic print on board, thread and rubber 2021