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 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. An intensely feminist artist, she is passionate about defying taboos and talking openly about issues of sex, pleasure, consent, human connection and abuse. A part of the new, digitally engaged generation of young artists, she expresses herself openly on social media, as well as recording a regular podcast where she discusses sexuality and relationships.

Her work has been exhibited widely across South Africa, with a number of special projects at the Michael Stevenson Gallery and the Association for Visual Arts.  She has been featured on CNN Africa and CNN International on ‘African Voices’.

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

2017

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

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

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

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

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

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