“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
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
The African Arts Trust Collection
The ABSA Bank Collection
The Project Space Collection
Harrie Siertsema Personal Collection
South African Foundation of Contemporary Arts Collection
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.
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
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
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
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.
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