Lady Skollie

Exhibitions

Biography

Lady Skollie was born in 1987 in Cape Town, South Africa. She currently lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The artist uses ink, watercolour and crayon to defy taboos and talk openly about issues of sex, pleasure, consent, human connection, violence, and abuse. Her work is simultaneously bold and vulnerable, expressing the joy and darkness of the erotic and the duality of human experience.

The artist’s work has been exhibited widely across South Africa, and recent international solo exhibitions include Lust Politics, Tyburn Gallery, London, UK (2017), Fire with Fire, solo project at FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa (2017), and Mating Dance, solo project at AKAA Art Fair, Paris, France (2017).

Recent group exhibitions include Close: Proximity, Intimacy, Tension, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa, and Right at the Equator, Depart Foundation, Malibu, CA, USA (2018). Upcoming projects include This is the Gallery and the Gallery is Many Things at Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK (2018).

In 2017, along with Tschabalala Self and Abe Odedina, the artist contributed artwork for the stage design of a gala performance of The Children’s Monologues, a benefit held by the charitable organisation Dramatic Need, directed by Danny Boyle and held at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY, USA. She has been featured on BBC Africa and CNN International on African Voices, as well as on the BBC World Service’s online and radio series In the Studio. She was also included in the 2018 edition of OkayAfrica’s 100 Women, an annual list which honours women across 10 different fields for their achievements and influence.

Education

2014

Certificate in Business Acumen for Artists, University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business.

2009

BA in History of Art and Dutch Literature, University of Cape Town.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018

Solo project, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa. (forthcoming)

2017

Mating Dance, solo project at AKAA Art Fair, Paris, France.

Fire with Fire, solo project at FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa. (forthcoming)

Lust Politics, Tyburn Gallery, London, UK.

2015

Vroeg Ryp, Vroeg Vrot by Lady Skollie, Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Ask for what you want by Lady Skollie, WorldArt Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

'The only reason’ by Lady Skollie, Stevenson Gallery RAMP Project, Cape Town, South Africa.

2014

Skattie Celebrates Laura Windvogel, Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018

This is the Gallery and the Gallery is Many Things II, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK. (forthcoming)

TRANS, UJ Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Close: Proximity, Intimacy, Tension, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Right at the Equator, Depart Foundation, Malibu, CA, USA.

2016

Hottentot Skollie, part of Tomorrows/Today, special project curated by Azu Nwabogu and Ruth Simbao, Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, South Africa.

SEX, Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Artist talks & Lectures

2016

Featured speaker at UJ/Wits Creative Intersections conference, covering interdisciplinary practice, Pan African Identity and race, University of Johannesburg and University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, March 2016.

Residencies

2017

The Gathering, Kenya.

2015

Garden of Egoli residency, in association with Art Africa and the Museum of African Design (MOAD), Johannesburg, South Africa.

2014

InAWE residency, InAWE Stays, Cape Town, South Africa.

Biography & Press

2018

Mafu, Noxolo, Artist ‘Lady Skollie’ Teaching Johannesburg Youth Art As Activism, Huffingtonpost.com, 14 March 2018.

Sesay, Nadia, 100 Women: Lady Skollie on Papayas, Politics, & Breaking the Patriarchy, okayafrica.com, 6 March 2018.

2017

Smith, Aimee-Claire, White ribbons, coloured Piéta and ‘first’ performance – Artist Lady Skollie talks ‘Fire with Fire’, 10and5.com, 13 September 2017.

Crossan, Andrea, South African artist Lady Skollie explains why she paints burning vaginaspri.org,11 August 2017.

----, ‘Strike a Woman, You Strike a Rock!’, artafricamagazine.org, 9 August 2017.

Merts, Marieke, Meet the SA Sisters Who are Changing the World, spree.co.za, 8 August 2017.

Mohale, Maneo, Color and Desire: Lady Skollie’s Politics of Lust, bitchmedia.org, 1 March 2017.

Banks, Grace, The South African Artist Fearlessly Tackling Race, Sex, and Gender, broadly.vice.com, 22 February 2017.

Kpade, Sabo, Lady Skollie’s Bold Solo Exhibition, ‘Lust Politics,’ Critiques Your Assumptions On Sex and Consent, okayafrica.com, 13 February 2017.

Overmeyer, Tahiera, Lady Skollie: Visual Aritst Exploring Sex, Gender Politics and Female Desire, theculturetrip.com, 9 February 2017.

Jennings, Helen, Lady Skollie, nataal.com, February 2017.

Gbadamosi, Nosmot, Lust, desire, and fruit: Defying sexual politics in Johannesburg, edition.cnn.com, 2 February 2017.

Jason, Stephanie, Lady Skollie Talks About Her Solo London Exhibition, Josephine Baker And ‘Pink Dick’, marieclaire.co.za, 31 January 2017.

Franceschini, Giulia, Lust Politics, iam-africa.com, 28 January 2017.

Frank, Priscilla,South African Artist’s Erotic Paintings Explore Humanity’s Animal Urges, huffingtonpost.com, 25 January 2017.

Jansen, Charlotte, 5 Questions with Lady Skollie, amuse-i-d.vice.com, 24 January 2017.

McCool, Alice, The Fearless Feminist Artist Taking Down South Africa's 'Bro Code', thecreatorsproject.vice.com, 20 January 2017.

Mba, Adora, Lady Skollie gets X-rated: Pussy, Pawpaw and Politics, trueafrica.co, 19 January 2017.

2016

Roselle, Sarah, Five senses from my world: Lady Skollie, artist, thefifthsense.i-d.co, 30 December 2016.

Candzbee, A Conversation with Lady Skollie, sarafinamagazine.com, 1 December 2016.

Gavin, Francesca, Five Artists to See at Frieze, houseseven.com, 21 September 2016.

Pushing Sexual Boundaries in Johannesburg (video), edition.cnn.com, 25th March 2016.

Stones, Lesley, Laura Windvogel, Mail and Guardian 200 Young South Africans 2016, mg.co.za, 22 June 2016.

Bowler, Danielle, Lady Skollie Takes the Art World Beyond the White Cube, Mail and Guardian, mg.co.za, 10 March 2016.

Collections

20Soho House Collection, UK.