Eddie Botha

www.eddiebothacreations.com

eddie_botha@yahoo.com 

Artist Statement

Eddie is an acclaimed International artist who is making positive waves in the street art and gallery scene. His works are urban inspired, heavily influenced by street art, and mostly deals with the element of Interaction, culturally and socially. There is often social commentary and humour evident in his works. As a self taught Artist, his style is fresh and unique, combining different techniques, materials and unconventional methodology. He was recently chosen as the featured artist for the Singapore Art fair as well as representing Australia in the Asian Art Biennale. He currently has an Art tram roaming the streets of Melbourne as part of Melbourne festival. The works ranging vastly in scale, are implemented with the highest quality materials and finishes and he can produce works based on any topic and colour scheme.

Bio

Eddie Botha’s work is both personal and indifferent, sentimental and light as he examines human interactions deeply. Born in South Africa, Eddie is a well-travelled multiculturalist, dreamer, comedian, nature lover and activist whose search for cultural identity and sincere relationships is expressed through his highly detailed drawings and paintings of people and society. Using pen, paint, newspaper and collage, Eddie depicts intricate, intimate scenes filled with a cacophony of characters who colour the everyday streets.  

Nothing in Eddie’s works is by chance. Combining a love of street art with the sensitivity of penmanship, a series of conversations about human nature, people, technology, media, politics and sexuality unfold before us using a complex language of colour, symbolism and metaphor. Upon first glance you will smile at familiar individuals as they are depicted in their most candid states: a beach bum, a suited man, a young punk. However, further contemplation of these seemingly sweet figures reveals a darker, more profound meaning embedded within each work- one that touches on the psychological and the humanitarian. Whether in groups or alone, each figure is revealing of one of society’s many sentiments- from brave excess, humility and beauty to greed, fetish and despair.  

Although dominated by recurring human faces and bodies, Eddie’s work also touches on the interaction between people and nature, people and technology, animals and animals. For him, nature and the technological often underpin many of our human experiences. By juxtaposing us with them, hard with soft, biological with material, Eddie prompts us to reflect upon the ways that contemporary contexts shape ourselves and inform our behaviors.

Gallery Representations

  • Angela Tandori Fine art, 1/84 Smith Street, Collingwood, Victoria, 3066 (Mobile 041 930 1279)
  • Intersections Gallery, 34 Khandahar Street, Singapore, 198892, (+65)97985611
  • Barbara Tavenard Artist’s Agent, Hong Kong (+852) 62811787
  • Vavoom Emporium, 288 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne (1300 577 079)
  • Black Cat Gallery, 1103 Burke Road, Hawthorn East, Melbourne, Australia (+613 9817 7853)
  • Blue Planet Fine art, 25 Main road, Muizenberg, South Africa (+27 217883154)

Awards

  • 2014

    Watson’s Art Prize, First prize

  • 2013

    Newcastle’s ‘Waste As Art', Runner-up

  • 2011

    Maitland’s ‘Waste As Art', Highly commended

Residencies

  • 2016

    Instinct Residency, Singapore, Oct/ Nov

  • 2016

    Poh Chang Academy of Arts, Bangkok, Jan

  • 2015

    Herritage Hill Art Residency, Dandenong, March-June

Selected Exhibitions

  • Dec 2016

    17th Asian Art Bienalle, Dhakar, 3 Artworks exhibited for Australia

  • Dec 2016

    No Vacancy Gallery QV, Melbourne, Shwoosh Group show

  • Nov 2016

    Instinc Gallery, Soho2@Central Singapore, Solo Show called ‘Makan’

  • Nov 2016

    Affordable Art Fair Singapore, Shah Gallery

  • Oct 2016

    Black Cat Gallery, Hawthorn East, Draw the line

  • Aug 2016

    Lane’s End Projects, Artronica Solo show, Fitzroy Melbourne

  • Jan 2016

    Poh Chang Gallery, Group show, Bangkok

  • Nov 2015

    Repeat, Artshole Groups show, Chapel Street, Prahan

  • Nov 2015

    Hogan Gallery, Dual Show, Captured Freedom

  • Oct 2015

    House of Bricks, Colab show, Technorganic (Curated by Eddie)

  • July 2015

    Off the kerb, Solo show called ‘Re-mortilization’

  • July 2015

    Nocturnal, Dandenong Harmony square, Performance art

  • March 2015

    Art not Apart Art festival Canberra, ‘Australia now and then’ performance art

  • Feb 2015

    Walker street gallery project space, Befuddled solo show

  • Jan 2015

    Dark horse Experiment (Blender), Group show (Midsumma)

  • Nov 2014

    Red gallery, ‘The moving image’ Solo show Fitzroy North

  • July 2014

    Off the kerb, ‘Outside the Box’ solo show, Collingwood

  • Feb 2014

    Artboy, ‘7 deadly sins’ group show, South Yarra

  • Oct 2013

    Manyung Gallery group, Group show

  • Oct 2013

    Tacit Contemporary Art Gallery, ‘Sociality’ Melbourne

  • Sep 2013

    House of bricks, ‘Neutral’, Collingwood, Melbourne

  • Sep 2013

    BSG, ‘Spot the difference’ Solo Show, Fitzroy, Melbourne

  • Aug 2013

    TUSK gallery, ‘Here, there, everywhere’ South Yarra, Melbourne

  • Jan 2013

    Gaffa Gallery, Spot the difference Solo show, Sydney CBD

  • Jan 2013

    Gosford Regional Gallery, Terrigal Plein Air 2012 Group Show

  • Nov 2012

    BSG, Odd one out Solo show, Melbourne

  • Nov 2012

    BSG, Urban art group show 12 B, Melbourne

  • June 2012

    ATVP, Strange, Stranger, Strangerest, Sydney, Newtown

  • June 2012

    Kaleidoscope Gallery, Solstice group show

  • Feb 2012

    Platform 72 featured opening exhibition, Sydney Oxford street

  • Feb 2012

    ESP, Love death Group exhibition

  • May 2012

    International Art Fair, London

  • Oct 2011

    Affordable Art Fair Hampstead, UK

  • May 2011

    Arthive Gallery, Teasing the taught, solo show

  • May 2011

    Reading Artfair, London

  • Sep 2010

    Suspension Gallery, Beaumont Street, Newcastle, Australia

  • April 2010

    Waste as Art 2010, Prize as Highly commended, Secondary Category, Maitland

Projects

  • Oct 2016

    Art Tram, Melbourne festival

  • Juyl 2016

    5 Walls Project, Sydney

  • Aug 2016

    Dandenong Primary school art production for playground

  • June 2016

    Dandenong Mall Hoarding artworks on Community theme

  • Illustrative contract work for ‘Momentum worldwide’ – NBN – Australian’s new broadband network
  • Art teacher for ‘Kids own Publishing’ – working with local schools and community, developing educational children’s books.
  • Part of the Arts and Health Leadership Group,Victoria – impacting the community through art
  • ‘Artshole’ groups of artists, studio based in Caulfield, Glen Huntley Road
  • Noble Park Art Show Committee.
  • Art Teacher at Noble Park English School, working with refugee children
  • Collaborative artist for 2012 Terrigal Landart (30 x 40m) with local aboriginal artist Gavi Duncan. As part of the 5 lands walk festival
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