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10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 13:00
WORLDART is a vibrant Cape Town based gallery that specialises in contemporary art with a leaning towards urban and pop art.
WORLDART specialises in managing and marketing contemporary South African artists and their work, catering to the needs of those who appreciate and acquire art. Operating from its premises in Cape Town’s CBD, WORLDART introduces local and international buyers to exciting new works in an intimate gallery space and regularly hosts exhibitions in various venues in South Africa. It also assists clients in sourcing quality artworks for corporate and private art collections.
Established in 2004, this gallery has since become one of the premier art galleries in Cape Town. The art shown is contemporary with a leaning towards urban and pop styles in painting.
Explore the current exhibition online.
An online exhibition of Norman O'Flynn's Timekeeper portraits, available as editioned prints.
Norman O’Flynn painted the first Timekeeper portrait in 2015. It started as an impromptu portrait of a friend but became much more as he added tattoo-like sketches and slogans relevant to this person’s life. He did more paintings similar in style and realised these images and slogans had less to do with the subject in the portrait than it had with the world in which they live. It turned out to be a reflection of what is happening right now, in other words, it was a reflection of our time. And so the Timekeeper series came to be.
“I realised that what came out was just me observing the glitch. I wasn’t trying to tell anyone what to do or what I think. I just showed them what I saw,” says O’Flynn. A Norman O’Flynn iconography developed. One filled with bombs falling from the sky and timers indicating that time is running out, religious and superhero iconography suggesting our need for someone to save us or for spirituality in any form, sharks circling the waters above us (are we drowning?) and binary code referring to the digital worlds we live in. The figures also always wore masks. “It’s a filter. It protects us from what we take in and what we release, germs, words – all of it” he says. We’re toxic and we spread it. But we need protection from this too. We are also really busy sharing our opinions, especially on social media platforms, but do we actually make a contribution? Or is the truth that we are saying nothing because we’re too busy saying the things that we think will gain us credibility and help us look cool? “So I covered the mouths.”
We don’t know who or what to believe in. We also don’t know who or what to believe. So we have become our own gods in this world where we have to look cool and say the right things while time is running out. These are the Timekeepers.
- Charl Bezuidenhout, Cape Town 2020
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