Joachim Schonfeldt

Joachim Schonfeldt

Joachim Schonfeldt was born in Pretoria, but his family moved to Namibia just three weeks later. Schonfeldt completed his schooling in Namibia, and after graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand in the early 1980's; he worked for Meneghelli Holdings as a curator and researcher in historical African Art.

Joachim Schonfeldt became a full time artist in 1988. In 1989 he lived and worked in Italy, before settling in Johannesburg the following year, writing criticism for a local daily and curating, but mostly making art. In 2002 Schonfeldt taught and was artist in residence at ECAV, Sierre, in Switzerland.

He has exhibited widely in South Africa and abroad. He was one of the founding artists of The Fordsburg Artists Studios (The Bag Factory).

Prior to the prints being made, Schonfeldt had worked on paper using similar images embossed into the paper and coloured with oil paints that have been sealed with a high gloss varnish. In a similar way the four prints have been deeply embossed, so that sections of the image tantalise the viewer into questioning the two dimensionality of the printed surface. The images are then sealed with a clear ink varnish.

As in much of his work Schonfeldt has included text in the prints. The slogan "Authentic works of art and curios" brings up the notion of authenticity, which is a central concern of the artist. It also has a cynical ring to it, which can be understood within the context of contemporary art and craft production in Africa.

This is the second full suite of prints that have been purchased from The Artists' Press by The Museum of Modern Art in New York. The first were Claudette Schreuder's "Crying in Public series which are sold out.

Joachim Schonfeldt Artist's Statement

"In my recent work I explore a specific working methodology that seems to be prevalent at the moment, which may be stated simply as "how to animate dumb objects". Where text is absent, the history of (African) oral societies is constructed from found and sourced objects, artifacts, implements, ruins and so on. We have seen anthropologists and palaeontologists work with "dumb objects" and put a universe to them.

In my work, I have tried to further the idea of objects as augmentation to speech, posing questions such as: "In speech, when does a speaker revert to visuals? I have also looked at oral cultures, the charismatic speaker and "priority perspectives" - truth, and what people want that truth to be.

In the set of prints that were done at The Artists' Press I made reference to a set of sculptures that I have been working on. I have tried to imagine what the iconography of a pan-African religion might look like. There are four animals, all female: a lioness, a cow an eagle and a peahen. The land animals have three heads and six legs, and the sky animals have three heads".
Joachim Schonfeldt 2004

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Lithographs

joachim schonfeldt south african artist

Title: Untitled (Peahen)
Medium: Hand-embossed and "varnished" multi-coloured lithograph
Size: 38 x 57cm
Edition size: 30
Price: R 5 800 (excl.VAT)

joachim schonfeldt south african prints

Title: Untitled (Lioness)
Medium: Six colour, hand-embossed and "varnished" lithograph
Size: 38 x 57cm
Edition size: 30
Price: R 5 800 (excl.VAT)

Joachim Sconfeldt south african printmaker

Title: Untitled (Eagle)
Medium: Five colour, hand-embossed and "varnished" lithograph
Size: 38 x 57cm
Edition size: 30
Price: R 5 800 (excl.VAT)

Jaochim Schonfeldt african art prints

Title: Untitled (Cow)
Medium: Six colour, hand-embossed and "varnished" lithograph
Size: 38 x 57cm
Edition size: 30
Price: R 5 800 (excl.VAT)

Techniques used in Joachim Schonfeldt's prints