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Biography

Andre Stead

Born in Evander, 1975. Lives and works in Cape Town.

Andre attended the Pro Arte School of arts in Pretoria (1989 – 1993) where he majored in painting and graphics. He flourished at art from an early age and won various merits and awards, including work being selected for the Iscor Permanent Art Collection. Andre studied in several artistic disciplines including painting, sculpture, jewellery making, graphic and packaging design.

In 1994 he moved to Cape Town where he trained in metal work (forging, welding and metallurgical theory) under the direction of John Allesandri. While working at the Doyle Art Foundry (1997-1998) he became familiar with the moulding and bronze casting process. During 2001 he started to work at the Bronze Age Art Foundry where he became efficient in all the various stages of the lost-wax casting process (cire perdue) over the next few years.

Within three years he becomes a partner at the Bronze Age Art Foundry (2004 – 2007) and excelled in the production and business aspects of bronze sculpture. Andre played an integral part in the arranging and execution of various art exhibitions and trade shows. He worked with renowned artists such as Maureen Quin (friend and mentor), Keith Calder, Dylan Lewis, Donald Greig and Beezy Bailey, which helped refine his technical and artistic approach. To encourage bronze sculpturing as an art form he developed a foundry sculpture course, which taught students all the various aspects of bronze sculpture production.

During 2007 Andre was commissioned to create nine large bronze relief panels to be laid into marble floors of the Burj Khalifa Development in Dubai (tallest man-made structure in the world). In 2008 Stead created a series of figurative studies of the female form. In 2009 Stead showcased the Female series (realistic bronze figures) in two solo exhibitions in Cape Town and Johannesburg. During 2010 works from the female series were exhibited in various group shows in South Africa.

In 2010 Stead started working on the Anamorphic series launching it with a solo exhibition in August 2011 in Franschhoek at IS ART gallery. His latest work focuses on pure form derived from the human figure and has already drawn significant attention from art dealers and collectors alike. In 2011 Stead was commissioned by Laurence Graff to create a sculptural installation, "Flight of the Swallows" for the Indochine restaurant at the Delaire Graff Wine Estate in Stellenbosch.

Other projects during 2011 include the installation of the "Large Reclining Figure", a three-meter version of the anamorphic series figure. In early 2012 Stead produced the "Oxford Swallows", a smaller yet completely unique version of the stainless steel and perspex installation at Delaire. His solo exhibition, “Illumination”, showcased in July 2012 at the Christopher Møller Art Gallery in Cape Town. During 2013 Stead participated in the Woordfees exhibition “Heavenly” in Stellenbosch followed by his solo exhibition “Elemental man” at the Knysna Fine art gallery. 2014 had a view large projects as well as participation in the Cape Town Art Fair and the Woordfees in Stellenbosch.

During 2015 André completed a number of commissions including the life-size bronze "Amare Abbraccio". The piece was commissioned by Anuoka Haese and depicts a father and son. There were also a number of group exhibitions in 2015 and the development of a new large-scale project coming in 2016.

He is currently preparing for his next large solo show due to open 27 October 2016 at the Christopher Møller art Gallery in Cape Town. Other exhibitions for 2016 include the "A certain Kind Of Madness" at the Imibala Gallery in Somerset West in February and the Cape Town Art Fair 2016.

 

Curriculum Vitae

 

Andre Stead

Born in Evander 1975 Lives and works in Cape Town.

 

Qualifications and Awards

 

2007 Eight years bronze casting and Foundry Course at Bronze Age Art Foundry, Simon’s Town

1997  Metal forging tuition, John Allesandri, Cape Town

1995  Graphic design course, Gunther Komnick, Cape Town

1994  Goldsmith apprenticeship, Pretoria

1993  Pro Arte School of Arts, Distinction with colours for Art, Pretoria

1991  Merit award, Iscor Art Competition, Iscor Permanent Art Collection, Pretoria

 

Selected Exhibitions and Commissions

 

2016

Self-i, Group exhibition, The Read Contemporary Art Gallery, Franschhoek.

Transmutation, Group exhibitionKnysna Fine Art Gallery, Knysna

Cape Town Art Fair, Group exhibition, Christopher Møller Art Gallery, Cape Town

A Certain Kind Of Madness, Group exhibition, Imibala Gallery, Somerset West


2015

Summer Exhibition, Group exhibition, Knysna Fine Art Gallery, Knysna

Signature, Group exhibition, The Read Contemporary Art Gallery, Franschhoek.

US Woordfees, Group exhibition, P J Olivier Art Centre, Stellenbosch

Cape Town Art Fair, Group exhibition, Christopher Møller Art Gallery, Cape Town

Bring your own identity, Group exhibition, Knysna Fine Art Gallery, Knysna

Is Sculpture at Tokara, Group exhibition, Tokara Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

 

2014

Murmuration, Corporate commission, Delaire Graff Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

Woordfees 2014, Group exhibition, P J Olivier Art Centre, Stellenbosch

Cape Town Art Fair, Group exhibition, Christopher Møller Art Gallery, Cape Town

The Fountain of youth, Private commission, Oxford, United Kingdom

The Wall of Words, Corporate commission, Oxford, United Kingdom

 

2013

Koi Fish Installation, Private commission, Singapore

Cape Town Art Fair, Group exhibition, Christopher Møller Art Gallery, Cape Town

National Heritage Project Company Commission

Elemental man, Solo exhibition, Knysna Fine Art Gallery, Knysna

Woordfees 2013, Group exhibition, P J Olivier Art Centre, Stellenbosch

 

2012

Summer, Group exhibition, Christopher Møller Art, Cape Town

Young Minds Charity Fund Raiser, st. Lorient, Pretoria

Illumination, Solo exhibition, Christopher Møller Art, Cape Town


Oxford Swallows, Private commission, Oxford, United Kingdom

 

2011

Flight of the Swallows, Corporate commission, Delaire Graff Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

Evolution, Solo exhibition, Is Art Gallery, Franschhoek

Group exhibition, Christopher Møller Art, Cape Town

Group exhibition, Dawid`s Choice Gallery, Johannesburg

Roodt Inc, group exhibition, Dawid`s Choice Gallery, Johannesburg

 

2010

Group exhibition, Dimitrov Art Gallery, Dullstroom

Rooftop exhibition, group show, St. Loriant, Pretoria

Group exhibition, The Upper Deck Gallery, Plettenberg Bay

Group exhibition, Christopher Møller Art Gallery, Cape Town

 

2009

Group exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg

Identity, group exhibition, Platform on 18th Gallery, Pretoria

Figures, solo exhibition, Northcliff, Johannesburg

Female series launch, Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, CTICC

 

2008

Angels, group exhibition, Grande Provence Gallery, Franschhoek

Group exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town

Medallions, Corporate Commission, Burj Khalifa Development, Dubai

 

2006

Corporate commission, Graham Beck Wine Estate, Franschhoek

Group exhibition, Bronze Age Sculpture House, Cape Town

 

2000 – 2005

Group exhibition, Seidelberg Wine Estate, Paarl

Miniatures, group exhibition, Bronze Age Sculpture house, Cape Town

Board of Executors, Corporate commission, Cape Town

Group exhibition, Vineyard Gallery, Cape Town

 

1999

Group exhibition, The Christie Gallery, Cape Town

Group exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town

 

1998

Wooden figures, Solo exhibition, Novalis Institute, Cape Town

Sanlam Restoration - Award, Corporate commission, Sanlam, Cape Town

Group exhibition, Association for visual arts, Cape Town

 

1997

Sanlam Literary Award, Corporate commission, Sanlam, Grahamstown

Group exhibition, Primart Gallery, Cape Town

 

Collections

 

National Heritage Project Company 

Bernard Fontannaz

Laurence Graff

Willy Woestyn

Johnny Walker Stride Awards

Graham Beck Estates

Board of Executives

Sanlam

Iscor