Lady Skollie



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 create playfully sexual paintings, filled with bright colours, symbolic fruit, and all the joy and darkness of the erotic. Her work is simultaneously bold and vulnerable, expressing the duality of human sexuality. She is passionate about defying taboos and talking openly about issues of sex, pleasure, consent, human connection, violence, and abuse.

Her work has been exhibited widely across South Africa. Recent 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). 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.



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


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

Selected Solo Exhibitions


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.


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.


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

Selected Group Exhibitions


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


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


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.



The Gathering, Kenya.


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


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

Biography & Press


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jennings, Helen, Lady Skollie,, February 2017

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

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

Franceschini, Giulia, Lust Politics,, 28 January 2017

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

Jansen, Charlotte, 5 Questions with Lady Skollie,, 24 January 2017

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

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


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

Roselle, Sarah, Five senses from my world: Lady Skollie, artist,, 30 December 2016

Candzbee, A Conversation with Lady Skollie,, 1 December 2016

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

Pushing Sexual Boundaries in Johannesburg (video),, 25th March 2016

Stones, Lesley, Laura Windvogel, Mail and Guardian 200 Young South Africans 2016,, 22 June 2016

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


018Soho House Collection, UK.