Famous artworks by the old masters are being revisited with a twist in a unique art exhibition entitled In With The New.
Taking place at The Gallery in Riebeek Kasteel in the Western Cape from 11 August until the end of September, In With The New will see exhibiting artists putting their own contemporary spin onto classic paintings and sculptures which stand in art museums around the world. Astrid McLeod, the owner and curator of The Gallery explains that selected artists were invited to submit artworks which are their personal interpretations of renowned pieces. “The brief was for each artist to still stay true to their signature style and medium – each submission must still be recognisable as the work of that specific artist.” In With The New has an impressive line-up of exhibiting artists such as Michaela Rinaldi, Ann Marais, Theo Paul Vorster, Floris van Zyl, Katharine Meeding and Pascale Chandler, as well as young graduates including Nabeeha Mohammed, Erin Chaplin, Sam Matthews, Fanie Buys and Olivie Keck, whose fresh styles provide an interesting and alternative perspective on the old masters’ productions. “I wanted to challenge the exhibiting artists to think outside the box and love the idea of putting a modern contemporary spin on an old classic,” says McLeod. The artworks should be familiar and instantly recognisable icons, yet re-interpreted, distorted and somewhat uncanny.”