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Stephen Inggs is a professor of printmaking at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. He has exhibited widely in South Africa and is included in private and corporate collections worldwide.

Inggs’ creative research focuses on the visual representation of overlooked material objects and places, as emblems of transience and history. Using an ‘archaeographical’ method of finding, collecting and photographing, his creative work explores ideas about the meaning of objects and places, and the potency that lies in their associations and traces of history, society, nature and culture. The objective of his work is to create new layers of meaning, linking our thoughts about the constructions of the past in relation to the present. The process of working with material objects as still lives and reviving them from relative obscurity, underlines the way it is possible to transform an object’s value, and confer a canonical status to something that has been previously overlooked. His research looks at ways in which visual analysis and creative translation can give new meaning to human engagement with the inanimate object world.

Major research interests include printmaking, photography, artists’ books and portfolios, and the archaeology of identity. Projects have been largely located in lithography, photography and printmaking, each of which has had a complex history and relationship to issues of identity and the politics of knowledge. The influence of aesthetic criteria in printmaking and photography is an ongoing concern that has informed his creative production.

This body of work consists of powerful yet delicate large scale photographs, each one hand-coated with silver gelatin emulsion onto 100% cotton mould-made paper, using traditional techniques. The handmade, tactile and physical aspects of this process are used deliberately to underline the references to history, transience and the overlooked object.

Exhibitions

2014 CAS Gallery, UCT

2014 Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town

2011 Legacy, Brundyn + Gonsalves, Cape Town

2011 Inheritance, HackelBury Fine Art, London, UK

2010 The Lie of the Land: Representations of the South African Landscape. Iziko Michaelis Collection, Cape Town. Art Chicago International Fair of Contemporary and Modern Art, Chicago, USA. The AIPAD Photography Show, New York, USA

2009 Art Miami International Contemporary Art Fair. The Art Miami Pavilion, Midtown Blvd, Miami, USA. Vision, Devotion, Revelation, Hackelbury Fine Art, London, UK. Homage Portfolio of prints, Michaelis Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. Sanbao International Printmaking Exhibition, Shanxi University College of Fine Art and Beijing Centre Academy of Fine Art, China. ArtHamptons. International Art Fair. The Bridge Hampton Historical Society, Bridgehampton, New York, USA. Art Chicago International Contemporary Art Fair, Chicago, USA. The AIPAD Photography Show, New York, USA. Art Palm Beach Contemporary art, photography, video, installation art, public sculpture, and design. Palm Beach, USA

2008 Photo Miami The International Contemporary Art Fair for Photo-Based Art, Video and New Media. Wynwood. Art District, Miami, USA. Print ’08 Myth, Memory and the Archive (curated by Sanford Shaman) Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. The AIPAD Photography Show, New York, USA

2007 AIPAD Miami, Florida, USA. Is there Still Life? Continuity and Change in South African Still Life Painting (curated by Michael Godby) Old Town House, Cape Town, South Africa. London: Miami Preview Hackelbury Fine Art, London, UK. Greenhouse – From Painting to Plastic Bell-Roberts Gallery at Lourensford, Cape Town, South Africa. Print 07 Bell-Roberts Gallery at Lourensford, Cape Town, South Africa. Art Chicago Contemporary Art Fair, Chicago, USA. The AIPAD Photography Show, New York, USA. Photo LA The 16th International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition, Santa Monica , USA.

2006 Silentium, Art on Paper, Johannesburg, South Africa. Platteland, Hackelbury Fine Art Ltd, London, UK. Solitude, Joao Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. The AIPAD Photography Show, New York, USA. Photo Miami, Florida, USA. Inklandia. An international print exhibition curated by Kathryn Reeves. Perdue University, Indiana, USA

2005 Working Proof and Hand in Hand portfolios Muzeum Narodowe w Poznaniu, Poznan, Poland, 4th Impact. International Printmaking Conference. Art London international contemporary art fair. Burton's Court, St Leonard's Terrace,Chelsea, London, UK. The AIPAD Photography Show, New York, USA. Palm Beach 3 Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach, FL, USA

2004 Hackelbury Fine Art, London, UK. The AIPAD Photography Show, New York, USA.
Joao Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. Photo London, Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington Gardens, London, UK. Working Proof portfolio of lithographs (curated by Stephen Inggs) Art on Paper, Johannesburg. North/South Pulse (curated by Titia Ballot) University of Stellenbosch Art Museum, Stellenbosch. Identity (curated by Sharlene Khan and William Wells) Stichting Art & Theatre, Amsterdam. Curiosity CLXXV (curated by Pippa Skotnes, Fritha Langerman and Gwen van Embden) Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town, South Africa. Decade of Democracy, Iziko South African National Gallery.

2003 International Print Triennial, Krakow, Poland. Joao Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. Iziko-South African National Gallery, South Africa. Then and Now, Iziko-South African National Gallery, Cape Town.

2002 Art on Paper Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa. Joao Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. OMC Gallery for Contemporary Art, Dusseldorf, Germany.

2001 The Old Arts Gallery,University of Pretoria,South Africa.

2000 Contemporary Arts Gallery, Krakow, Poland. International Print Triennial, Krakow. Joao Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. A.r.e.a. Art, Reykjavik, Iceland.

1999 University of Stellenbosch, Matieland, South Africa. Canberra Institute of Arts, Australia.

1997 Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town, South Africa. South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa.

1993 Sixth International Biennial Print & Drawing Exhibition, Asia.

1985 Tributaries - BMW touring exhibition, Germany. Second International Biennial Print Exhibition, Taipei City Museum, Republic of China.

1984 First International Biennial Print Exhibition - Taipei City Museum, Republic of China.

 
Public Collections
 
South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Durban Municipal Art Gallery, Durban
Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg
Mangosuthu Technikon, Umlazi
University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg
University of Cape Town
Telkom SA (Pty) Ltd
Rand Merchant Bank
MTN Group
Library ofCongress, USA
Yale University, USA
Northwestern University, USA




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