Biography

Biography

André 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 studied painting and graphics. He flourished at art from an early age attending regular art classes from age 6. He received various merits and awards for his artistic abilities and continued study in several artistic disciplines including painting, sculpture, printmaking and graphic design.

In 1994 he relocated to Cape Town where he trained in metalworking under the direction of John Allesandri. He worked extensively with wood during the late 1990s and also worked at the Doyle Art Foundry (1997-1998) to become familiar with the mould making and bronze casting processes. He later started working at the Bronze Age Art Foundry, where he became efficient in all the various stages of the lost-wax casting process. 

From 2004 to 2007 he was a partner at the Bronze Age Art Foundry learning all the aspects of sculpture production and resource management. André played an integral part in the implementation of various art exhibitions and trade shows and worked with many renowned artists such as Maureen Quin, Dylan Lewis, and William Kentridge. During this time André also developed a foundry sculpture course that taught all the various aspects of bronze reproduction and even built his own family home in Scarborough.

During 2007 André was commissioned to create nine large bronze relief panels for the Burj Khalifa Development in Dubai (tallest human-made structure in the world). In 2008 Stead created a series of illustrative studies and showcased the Female series in two solo exhibitions in Cape Town and Johannesburg (2009 - 2010) with works from the Female series also exhibited in various group shows.

In 2010 Stead started working on the `Anamorphic` series, launching it with a solo exhibition `Evolution` in August of 2011 in Franschhoek at IS ART gallery. At this time, the figurative studies paid off, and for the first time, he had a firm grip on the "essential" form. During 2011 he 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.

Over the next two years, André would create a collection of installation artworks using stainless steel and plexiglass as a medium. He developed two new bodies of figurative sculpture in various mediums including bronze and aluminium. The `Illumination` exhibition opened during July 2012 at the Christopher Møller Art Gallery in Cape Town followed by the `Elemental man` exhibition at the Knysna Fine art gallery. The Anamorphic Series directly influenced both bodies of work.

`The Emergence of Man` exhibition (2014) brought the stainless steel/plexiglass and figurative sculpture work together in a colourful look at human nature and its underlining motivations and primal driving forces. The 2016 solo exhibition `Sublimation` explored the social aspect of modern society interconnected in a digital age. Stead continues to ask relevant questions regarding the nature of human perception and the expression of beauty and life. He continues to exhibit at the Christopher Møller Art Gallery in Cape Town and attends the Cape Town International Art Fair exhibitions from its inception in 2013.

Stead`s technical skill and first-hand experience in a multitude of materials and sculpture processes have allowed him to produce work of exceptional quality with high expression and elegance. He continues his work studying the "human condition" and supports the idea that people are generally good and a part of nature rather than separate from it.

 

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

 

2019

Ravens in flight, Private commission, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe Doves, Private commission, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Cape Town Art Fair 2018, Art Fair, Christopher Møller Art Gallery, Cape Town

 

2018

Sculptx, Group exhibition, Melrose Arch Gallery, Johannesburg

Celebration of Winter, Group exhibition, Grande Provence Gallery, Franschhoek

Charity Auction, Private Auction in aid of Groote Schuur Hospital, Stellenbosch

Sculpture on the Cliffs, Public art exhibition, Hermanus Fine Arts, Hermanus

Timeless, Group exhibition, Melrose Arch Gallery, Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal

Guest Artist, Stellenbosch Arts Association Members` Exhibition, Stellenbosch

Cape Town Art Fair 2018, Art Fair, Christopher Møller Art Gallery, Cape Town

 

2017

Stable 2017, Group exhibition, Melrose Arch Gallery, Johannesburg

Charity Auction, Private Auction in aid of The Rainbow Academy, Cape Town

20-year celebration, Group exhibition, Knysna Fine art, Knysna

Art at the Clock Tower, Group exhibition, Cast - Cape Town, V&A Waterfront

Sculptx, Group exhibition, Melrose Arch Gallery, Johannesburg

Black and white, Group exhibition, Absolute Art Gallery, Stellenbosch

Summer Exhibition, Group exhibition, Art at Durban Ville Hills, Durban Ville

Public artwork, Rand Merchant Bank - Private Collection, Johannesburg

Cape Town Art Fair 2017, Art Fair, Christopher Møller Art Gallery, Cape Town

Mute Wisdom, Group exhibition, Art at Almenkerk, Algin Grabow

 

2016

Sublimation, Solo exhibition, Christopher Møller Art Gallery, Cape Town

A Sense of Place, Group exhibition, Imibala Gallery, Somerset West

Self-I, Group exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Franschhoek.

Transmutation, Group exhibition, Knysna Fine Art Gallery, Knysna

Cape Town Art Fair 2016, Art Fair, 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, Everard Read Gallery, Franschhoek.

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

Cape Town Art Fair 2015, Art Fair, 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 2014, Art Fair, 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 2013, Art Fair, 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 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

 

Laurence Graff

Bernard Fontannaz

Board of Executives

Rand Merchant Bank Collection

National Heritage Project Company 

Graham Beck Estates

Johnny Walker

Tom Nickloff

Willy Woestyn

Sanlam Collection

Iscor Collection