(b. 1958 Rustenburg, South Africa)
“My objects come from my immediate environment, selected for their non-heroic, open-ended meaning. Bells, for instance, may refer either to slavery or liberty. My overriding concern is that of reality and illusion; the fusing of Western and African realities is somehow reflected in this ambiguity.”
Guy du Toit uses a wide range of media in his sculptures, including bronze, stone, wood and steel, and draws in pen, ink and charcoal. He has exhibited extensively, both locally and internationally, and has been consistently supported by private and public collectors, institutions, academics and fellow artists.
Honoured with several awards, he curates and adjudicates exhibitions and lectures at a number of institutions, including Pelmama Academy in Soweto, Pretoria University, Johannesburg and Pretoria Technicons, and the Johannesburg School of Art, Ballet, Drama and Music. He gives workshops throughout South Africa and has been involved in community projects, seminars and symposia.
The past few years have increasingly been spent on private and public commissions and in working closely with artists and businesses, especially those involved in design, communications, architecture, advertising and entertainment. Guy currently teaches part-time at the University of Pretoria and works full-time from his new home and studio in Swavelpoort.
Guy du Toit’s apparent irreverence can obfuscate the fact that he is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most accomplished sculptors. “Liberated” (as he says) by the advent of democracy in South Africa from having to concern himself and his art with the notions of identity, he has happily turned his attention to “less provincial” pursuits like reveling in form, concept and media for their own sakes. Du Toit uses the unexpected juxtaposition of bronze casts of universal, everyday found (and made-to-look-found) objects to invite his audience to invent dialogue themselves.
Graduated from the University of Pretoria, BA (Fine Art) Degree, with a distinction in sculpture.
Off the wall; A Group Sculpture Show, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg
Hare There and Everywhere, Everard Read, Johannesburg
Bronze, Steel and Stone, Everard Read, Johannesburg
Sculpture Summer III, group show at Mount Nelson Hotel, with Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa
Southern Guild and Design, Basel Miami, USA
The Orchard Walk, Tokara Wine Estate sculpture garden, South Africa
Centenary Exhibition, Everard Read, Johannesburg
Possessed, group show, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa
After the Rainbow Nation, group show, Nirox Sculpture Park, Gauteng, South Africa
Small Works, group show at Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa
Solo show at Tokara, Cape Town, South Africa
The Length of a Piece of String, solo show at Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa
Surplus to requirements, group exhibition, Slade School of Fine Art, South Africa
Alchemy, group exhibition, Upstairs @ Bamboo, Johannesburg, South Africa
History, group show, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria, South Africa
View from the South, group show at Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa
Twenty, group show, Nirox Sculpture Park, Gauteng, South Africa
Two Thousand and Ten Reasons to Live in a Small Town, group show, VANSA
Sex, Power, Money, group show at Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa
3, with Wilma Cruise & Gordon Froud, Naude Modern, Pretoria, South Africa
Little Deaths, three person show, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria, South Africa
Figures in a Landscape, with Johann du Plessis, Gallery at Grande Provence, Franschhoek, South Africa
Three person exhibition (with Johan Moolman and Ivan du Toit), Gordart, Johannesburg, South Africa
Two person exhibition (with Judith Mason), South African Arts Association, Pretoria.
Earthworks/Claybodies, (with Deborah Bell, Wilma Cruise, Josephine Ghesa), Pretoria Art Museum, South Africa
Observations, Group show with Wilma Cruise & Diane Victor, The Open Window, Pretoria, South Africa
Strata (an exhibition with Egon Tania), Bamboo, Johannesburg, South Africa
Objects of Desire. The Open Window Contemporary Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
Conversation, The Open Window Contemporary Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
Klein Karoo National Art Festival, Oudtshoorn, South Africa
Prestige Exhibition, The Association of the Friends of the Pretoria Art Museum, South Africa
Opening Exhibition, Open Window Art Academy, Pretoria, South Africa
Images of Metal, South African Touring Exhibition, South Africa
Space/(Dis)place, Africus Biennial, Electric Workshop, Johannesburg, South Africa
Contemporary Art from South Africa. Deutsche Aerospace, Munich, Germany
Art Alive 94, Ruddell Theatre, Pretoria, South Africa
Moving Experiences, Everard Read Contemporary, Johannesburg.
Toured Holland and Germany.
Kempton Park/Tembisa Annual Art Competition (Third Prize)
FNB Vita Art Now, Johannesburg (Overall Winner)
Natural History Museum. Taipei, Republic of China
Solo Exhibition, Everard Read Contemporary, Johannesburg, South Africa
Volkskas Atelier Competition. (Merit Award)
Sol Plaatjie Sculpture Award Exhibition. Mafikeng, South Africa
Images of Wood, Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa
Kempton Park/Tembisa Annual Art Competition, Third Prize.
FNB Vita Art Now, Overall Winner.
Volkskas Atelier, Merit Award.
Sol Plaatjie Sculpture Award, Sculpture Award.
Volkskas Atelier, Merit Award.
International Exhibition of Miniature Art, del Bello Gallery, Toronto, Honorary Mention.
Style Lighting Design Award, Lighting Award.
Hans Merensky Foundation Wood Sculpture Competition, Merit Award.
Corona del Mar Young Artist Award, Sculpture Award.
Vita Art Now.
Hans Merensky Foundation Wood Sculpture Competition, Joint winner with Koos den Houten.
Johannesburg Art Museum Centenary Sculpture Competition, Finalist.
Emil Schweikerdt Bursary for a study tour of Europe.
New Signatures, Sculpture Prize.
Honorary Mention National Fine Arts Students Exhibition, University of the Witwatersrand
Durban Art Gallery.
Namibia Art Museum.
National Gallery, Cape Town.
Pelmama Permanent Art Collection.
Pietersburg Art Gallery.
Port Elizabeth Art Gallery.
Pretoria Art Museum.
Pretoria Boys High School.
St. Mary’s Girls School, Johannesburg.
University of the Free State.
University of the Witwatersrand.
University of Natal.
University of Pretoria.
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.
Foundation for the Creative Arts.
Gauteng Provincial Administrator.
Human Sciences Research Council.
Sasol Art Collection.
Wits Business School.
Gauteng Provincial Administration.
Women’s Monument, Union Building.