Tyrone Appollis has always been a distinct feature of the South African art scene. As painter he has over the past thirty years created unique images of the times and places that make up his life and environment. Celebrating his 60th year, the Sanlam Art Gallery is presenting the premiere screening of a recently compiled documentary film, In My Time – Tyrone Appollis, which is accompanied by an exhibition of recent painting and iconic examples of his earlier works drawn from private and public collections.
Ron Moller of Storyteller Productions, producer and director of the film says: “Of my time – Tyrone Appollis is an intimate portrait of artist, poet and musician Tyrone Appollis. The film explores the theme of artistic journey as a reflection of the artist’s personal journey, and is an insight into Tyrone’s creative space filled with personal history, conflict, passion, resilience and personal and artistic successes.”
“There is little doubt that Tyrone is one of the Western Cape’s most talented painters. Yet he has been given little official or formal recognition,” says Stefan Hundt of the Sanlam Art Gallery. “His peculiar vision, formed by his understanding of Picasso, Van Gogh, Chagall, Cecil Skotnes and a plethora of Italian Renaissance painters, has provided unique perspective on life on the Cape Flats for more than 30 years. This exhibition of this talented painter will provide the public with a unique opportunity to witness the development of this artist’s work.”
“The key to understanding Appollis’ art is his conviction that ‘an artist must be of his time’. His art is rooted in his geographic identity as a Capetonian, in his historic identity as a ‘coloured’ person, in his post-apartheid national identity as a South African, in his non-racial identity as an African, and in his humanistic identity as a member of the global community of artists. All of these identities co-exist in him as a person, and inform his art,” says Mario Pissarra, Africa South Art Initiative.
The premiere screening of this film takes place at the Sanlam Art Gallery on 14 March 2017 at 19:00.