Gallery 4


Portrait Award / 2021

4 September 2021 - 28 November 2021

  • PORTRAIT 100

See 60 of 100 contemporary portraits selected during the 2021 Portrait Award Competition.

Amidst what might seem like the plot of an Apocalyptic movie – complete with riots, the pandemic, and loadshedding disrupting our everyday lives – South African artists have shown a remarkable amount of resilience, daring to continue honing their craft in a time of great uncertainty.

919 portraits were entered into the biennial National Portrait Award Competition, now in its fifth year. These entries were whittled down to 100 artworks by an adjudication panel consisting of Lucia Burger (Art critic and collector), Robyn Cedras-Tobin (Director of the Rupert Museum) and Stefan Hundt (Curator of the Sanlam Art Collection). From these works, 60 were selected to be shown at the Rupert Museum in an exhibition titled ‘PORTRAIT 100’ – forming, with the Top 40 finalists (to be exhibited at Rust-en-Vrede Gallery in Durbanville), a carefully curated collection of some of the best contemporary portraiture South Africa has to offer.

The PORTRAIT 100 exhibition will enable art lovers to indulge in a genre that has captured the hearts of artists, art historians and -custodians alike for centuries. By allowing us a glimpse into our own personage, the depiction of the human figure has truly stood the test of time as a relatable, enriching, and empathetic subject matter.

All artworks are for sale, interested buyers can make direct contact with Rust-en-Vrede Gallery. | 021 976 4691

View the pricelist here