About StateoftheART Gallery
Welcome to StateoftheARTGallery.com.au, an innovative company selling and commissioning the finest contemporary artwork created by Fine Arts graduates and emerging artists from around Australia and South Africa.
Operations based in Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Since launching in 2010, StateoftheART has become synonymous with high quality affordable fine art in South Africa, and now we're bringing the same opportunity to Australian artists and art lovers with StateoftheARTGallery.com.au. We've created a free platform that enables genuinely talented but undiscovered artists to launch their careers, giving young artists a foot in the door and providing them with a means to show and sell their artwork, as well as giving art enthusiasts an opportunity to acquire original contemporary art at a reasonable cost. All of our artists have been carefully selected by the StateoftheART Curatorial Panel - instead of showcasing thousands of artists, we choose to represent only a limited number in our online art gallery - so you can be sure of the quality of the original art for sale. The majority of our proceeds are given to the artists who create these works. So when you buy art from StateoftheART Gallery you’re directly supporting the artists.
Introducing the StateoftheART Gallery Curatorial Panel
StateoftheART Gallery is a juried fine art gallery; we do not accept every artist that would like to exhibit the original art they have for sale. All artists must first submit photographic samples of their paintings, drawings, fine art photography and art prints, etc. for consideration to our panel of art professionals who maintain the quality of the original art being exhibited. The Panel selects each artist and every piece of artwork not only on merit, but to demonstrate a diverse range of styles, skills and techniques.
Janet Botes has been involved in various projects, exhibitions and initiatives in the Western Cape and Gauteng. This includes the Great Walk and More (Greatmore Studios, Woodstock), City Slickers (Wessel Snyman Creative, Cape Town) and the HumanEarth exhibitions. As an artist she works in different media and disciplines, having a wide repertoire in visual expression and the techniques involved in each discipline or art form. She is also the founder and curator for an interactive arts project entitled Scapes, which aims to bring artists from different disciplines together into creative collaborations focused on interaction with the landscape.
Gary Frier is a painter, graphic artist and animator. He derives inspiration from working with different forms of media; his work, he says is a constant reminder of self and where he is. Gary has particpated in a number of South African and European residences and exchanges, and makes a continued effort to encourage interest in art among his contemporaries by exhibiting at NGO’s and cultural institutions such as the Alliance Francaise and the ITECED (Institute of Training and Education for Capacity Building) library in East London. Gary's work can be found in both private and corporate collections in South Africa and world-wide.
Danelle Malan is a fine artist and illustrator. She has a BAFA (2010) from the Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT), having majored in painting. Danelle featured on the Dean's Merit List in both 2007 and 2010, and UCT purchased some work from her 2010 gradate exhibition to add to its prestigious collection. Danelle has a great interest in animals and the mysteries of human nature, and enjoys working an edge of humour into her art.
Bongani graduated with an N.Dip in Fine Art from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2010, having majored in Stained Glass under the mentorship of Amanda Snyman. Bongani is a Fine Artist with a passion for curating art exhibitions and managing public art projects. He was recently appointed by Mandela Bay Development Agency and artEC to assist with various commnunity art projects such as the 200 artists project, the Arts Journey, Route 67 and other artEC and Mandela Bay Development Agency related projects.
About Victoria McGregor
Victoria brings her unique experience of developing South Africa’s premier online gallery to her new venture StateoftheARTGallery.com.au. She holds a degree in Computer Science from Cape Town University, and currently lives in Melbourne.
Having moved to Australia a couple of years ago Victoria noticed there was a gap in the market for a company that could exclusively promote and sell graduate art work. Visits to graduate and postgraduate exhibitions strengthened her sense that there was a surge of creative talent in Australia’s visual arts arena, and she realised that there was an urgent need for an alternative platform for talented early-career artists to show their work and gain exposure. StateoftheART Gallery aims to democratize the entire art buying process by connecting artists and art collectors via a curated online marketplace.