“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 is a multidisciplinary artist born in 1994 in South Africa. She received her BAFA (Fine Arts, Cum Laude) from the University of Pretoria in 2016. Her work has been represented locally and internationally in numerous exhibitions, residencies and art fairs. Attewell was selected as a Sasol New Signatures finalist (2016, 2017) and a Top 100 finalist for the ABSA L’Atelier (2018). She was chosen to participate in the RMB Talent Unlocked Peer Mentoring program and exhibition at the Turbine Art Fair (2017). 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. She had three solo exhibitions: “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.  She had been invited for SAFFCA residencies in Knysna (2019) and Saint-Emilion (2020).  Her work was showcased at the 2019 Contemporary Istanbul as part of a two-woman showcase with Berman Contemporary. Attewell 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

2018     Under Construction, Assemblage, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

 

Group Exhibitions

2019 ArtLadies, Berman Contemporary, Curated by Els van Mourik, Johannesburg
2019 Wild Embers, Aardklop, Curated by Aysha Waja, Potchefstroom.
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 Chrisél Attewell , Johannesburg
2017 Inktober, Nedbank Building, Johannesburg
2017 Magiciens d’Afrique, Oda Gallery, Franschhoek, Western Cape
2017 Thami Mnyele Fine Art Awards, Coen Scholtz Recreation Centre, Kempton Park
2017 Abstraction, Oda Gallery, Franschhoek, Western Cape
2017 Urban Findings, One Eloff, Curated by Mbali Tshabalala, Johannesburg
2017 Young Capital – White Noise, Joburg Fringe, Curated by Mbali Tshabalala, Johannesburg
2017 Sasol New Signatures, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria
2017 Fresh Produce, Turbine Art Fair, Curated by Rolihlahla Mhlanga, Johannesburg
2017 My XXX, Innibos National Arts Festival, Curated by John-Anthony Boerma, Nelspruit.
2016 Sasol New Signatures, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria
2016 FOUR, African Beer Emporium, Pretoria
2015 Abxiom, Anton van Wouw Museum, Pretoria
2014 CuSi Bronze Exhibition, Art Lovers 1932 Gallery, Pretoria.
2013 Hidden Urban Histories, Rembrandt Hall, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 

 

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 and a large copper work for behind the reception desk.  

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