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Vusi Beauchamp

Vusi Beauchamp (b. 1979) studied printmaking and painting at the Tshwane University of Technology and Graphic Design at Damelin in Pretoria, South Africa.

Beauchamp’s provocative iconography employs popular culture, satire and stereotypes in service of a visual political commentary. His somewhat controversial works are meant to comment on social issues, politics and current events in South Africa, though they easily relate to the dissatisfaction felt by many international communities with regards to their political and economic leaders. Beauchamp seeks to examine the South African government currently embattled within itself, the disconnect it displays with its people, and the tense social climate under years of viral threat, mired in misinformation and heightened insecurities over corruption. Predominantly a painter, Beauchamp creates his works on canvas by using various methods, including spray painting and stenciling, with mediums such as crayons, charcoal, oil sticks and acrylic paint. His works on paper similarly use a variety of materials and techniques, often incorporating multiple layers to create the final image.

Beauchamp’s most recent solo exhibitions include The Cult of One, Part II at David Krut Projects, New York (2022) and The Cult of One at David Krut Projects, Johannesburg (2022). The exhibitions are a continuum of his ongoing Paradyse of the Damned series, which has been shown at the Borderline Art Space in Iași, Romania (2019); the Johannesburg Art Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa (2018); and the Pretoria Art Museum in Pretoria, South Africa (2015).

Winner 1.1, 2019, Mixed media on Fabriano paper, 39.4 x 27.6 in (100 x 70 cm)
Africa Bonanza, 2022, Mixed-media on canvas, 33.9 x 28.5 in (86.1 x 72.4 cm)
My People, 2022, Mixed-media on canvas 33.9 x 28.3 in (86.1 x 71.9 cm)
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