“I work in multiple mediums, including experimental printmaking, sculpting, painting andinstallation. My work often explores different ways in which energies, moments, memories and histories can be captured, documented and preserved. The work is very experimental in nature and often takes a performative approach to the process of making. In this, there are initial intentions, but there is an overlapping of uncontrolled processes. These processes ricochet off one another within my different mediums where ashared language emerges from the collective of my work”.

 Chrisél Attewell was born in 1994 in South Africa. She received her BA Fine Arts degree from the University of Pretoria in 2016. Chrisél was selected as a Sasol New Signatures finalist in 2016 and 2017. In 2017 she was chosen to participate in the Assemblage Peer Mentoring Program and the RMB Talent Unlocked exhibition at the Turbine Art Fair. Hereafter she continued to showcase her work in multiple group shows around South Africa where her work has become part of various national and international collections. In 2018 and 2019 she participated in several group exhibitions in Johannesburg and was selected as a Top 100 finalist for the ABSA L’atelier Art Competition. She had three soloexhibitions: “Architectus Konstruksie” at the Klein Karoo Nationale Kunstefees (KKNK),“Under Construction” at Assemblage in Braamfontein, and “Substratum” at Lizamore & Associates in Rosebank. Attewell was selected as a 2018 recipient of the Young Female Residency Award with The Project Space, founded by Benon Lutaaya.

Chrisél currently lives and works in Johannesburg where she has a studio at End Street Studios in August House, Doornfontein. She is represented by Berman Contemporary in Johannesburg.

Website: chriselart.com & bermancontemporary.com Instagram: @chrisel_art

Solo Exhibitions

2019     Substratum, Lizamore & Associates Gallery, Johannesburg

2018     Architectus Konstruksie, Klein Karoo Nationale Kunstefees (KKNK), Oudsthoorn, Western Cape

2017     Under Construction, Assemblage, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

 

Group Exhibitions (9/18 full list available on request)

2019     Artybollocks!, NOW Gallery, Open Window Institute, curated by Bland&Boring, Pretoria

2019     Collecting Contemporary, Lizamore Gallery, Johannesburg

2019     Artybollocks!, the Project Space, curated by Bland&Boring, Johannesburg

2019     Collecting Contemporary, Lizamore Gallery, KKNK, Oudtshoorn

2019     SAFFCA Group Exhibition, Gerhard Sekoto Gallery, Alliance Française, Johannesburg

2018     Aftermath, Firstrand Bank Gallery, curated by Olwethu de Vos, Johannesburg

2018     Unsettled, ABSA Gallery, curated by Thabo Seshoka, Johannesburg

2018     Talking to Deaf Ears, ABSA Gallery, curated by Sarah McGee, Johannesburg

2018     Relatively Small, Corner House, curated by Johan Stegmann and ChrisélAttewell, Johannesburg

 

Collections

The African Arts Trust Collection

The ABSA Bank Collection

The Project Space Collection

Harrie Siertsema Personal Collection

South African Foundation of Contemporary Arts Collection

 

Commissions

The Leonardo Building, Sandton. A commission for a 1×1,5m artwork to be placed in the lift of the building. 

Quorum Properties, Johannesburg. A commission of 25 copper sculptures for end of year gifting.

 

Art Fairs

2019     Contemporary Istanbul, Berman Contemporary, curated by Els van Mourik, Istanbul, Turkey

2019     Turbine Art Fair, solo booth: Earth to earth, stone to stone, dust to dust. Curated by Els van Mourik

2018     Investec International Cape Town Art Fair, The Project Space, curated by Asha Waja, Cape Town

2018     Young Female Residency Award, The Project Space, an initiative by Benon Lutaaya, RMB Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg

2018     Group showcase with Millennium Gallery, RMB Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg

2017     Fresh Produce Exhibition curated by Rolihlahla Mhlanga, Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg

 

Awards (4/8 full list available on request)

2018     ABSA L’atelier, Top 100.

2018     Grant received for the solo project from The African Arts Trust as part of the Assemblage Exhibition Programme.

2017     Thami Mnyele Fine Art Awards, top 100, Coen Scholtz Recreation Centre, Kempton Park

2017     Sasol New Signatures, finalist, mentioning in catalogue, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria

 

Publications

2019     Countering Artybollocks – an exhibition curated by Bland&Boring, written by Tracy Murinik, Art Africa, June 2019

2018     South African Art Scene: Artist using printmaking to explore Johannesburg’s architectural history, interview by Yolisa Njamela, CGTN Africa

2018     Khuluma Magazine (Kuluhla’s in-flight magazine), Jozi’s Lost Pockets, written by Trevor Crighton, October 2018

2018     Prestige Digital Magazine, Jo’burg’s Rebirth Documented as Art, written by Trevor Crighton, August 2018

2018     SA Art Times, Sculpture Fair, September 2018

2016     SA Art Times, University of Pretoria Graduate Exhibition, December 2016

 

Residencies

2020     Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art (SAFFCA), two-month residency at Saint-Émilion, France

2019     Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art (SAFFCA), one-month residency at Entabeni Farm, Knysna

2018     Recipient of the Young Female Residency Award with The Project Space, founded by Benon Lutaaya

2017     Artist Career Development Programme developed by Assemblage

 

Talks

2019     A Womxn’s Work: Sculpting and Living.  A discussion with Avi Soulful and Chrisél Attewell on the processes, practices, challenges and glories of being a (female) sculptor in South Africa.  Turbine Art Fair Talks Programme Sponsored by RMB Private Bank.

 

Education

2013/16            BA(FA) Fine Arts, Summa Cum Laude, University of Pretoria

Dissertation: Making Your Audience Cry: A Neuropsychological Reading of Marina Abramović’s ‘The Artist is Present’.

 2008/12           National Senior Certificate, Hoërskool Noordheuwel