Sarel Petrus

Human existence and natural environment are linked, through timeless, mysterious convergences of journeys. Sarel’s work is predominantly assembled using found objects from both the natural/man-made dichotomy. The found objects invoke a sense of preciousness and nostalgia. On his travels he collect remnants of other journeys: Bodies, skulls, bones, skin, hair, excrement, physical remains of odysseys completed or abruptly ended, some still in progress.Accordinf to Sarel, the animal remains are a reference to life and death and where the two intersect. He re-contextualizes the objects in an unpremeditated, non-deliberate manner with the intention to beautify the ordinary.

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Exhibitions

2011
Collaboration , group exhibition, Upstairs@Bamboo, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg
Franschoek Literary Festival, group exhibition, The Gallery at Grande Provance
Map – South Africa, group exhibition, University of Johannesburg Art Gallery,
Arts Alive, group exhibition, Waterkloof House Preparatory School, Pretoria,
Altered Pieces, July, Group exhibition, Thompson Art Gallery, Mellville, Johannesburg.

2010
Marvelous World, Collateral, group exhibition, Fried Contemporary Gallery, Pretoria
Flow, group exhibition, Upstairs@Bamboo, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg Paraat, Group exhibition, Platform on 18th, PretoriaWho, group exhibition Grande Provance Gallery, Franschoek
Where, group exhibition, Grande Provance Gallery, Franschoek
SA salon de refuses, group exhibition, Stuart Trent Art, Brooklyn, Pretoria.
Cultivaria Festival, Group exhibition, Off the Wall, Paarl.
L’Origine du Monde, -this is not a Porn Song-, Group exhibition, Aardklop Arts Festival, Potchefstroom.
Touches and Tastes,Group exhibition, ISart Le Quartier Francais,Franschoek.
Visual Arts staff of the University of Pretoria, group exhibition ,Fried Contemporary Gallery, Pretoria

2009
Sticks and Stones, Group exhibition, 38 Special, Cape town.
(sub)TEKS, Group exhibition, Universiteit van Stellenbos KunsGallery, Woordfees,
Local Anatomy, Show with Edzard du Plessis, Gordart Gallery, Johannesburg
Presies, Group exhibition, What if the world, Hope street design studio, Cape town, curated by Dirk de Waal
From this World, Exhibition at Harrie’s Pancakes, Centurion.
History in Rust, Group exhibition, Platform on 18th, Pretoria, Mind the Adjustment, Group exhibition, Magpie Gallery, Centurion,
Thami Mnyele Fine Art Award, Awarded Top 10, Coen Scholtz Recreation Centre,Kempton Park, 27 June-10July.
Scenario, Group Exhibition, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg
An exhibition inspired by poster theft, Group exhibition, iart gallery, Cape Town.
Beast of burden, Group exhibition, Magpie gallery, Centurion.
Feathered friends, Group exhibition, the Association of arts Pretoria.

2008
From this world, Exhibition at the Graskop Hotel
Marvellous World, Group exhibition, Off the Wall Contemporary, Paarl.
Waste Art, Group exhibition, Cresta Shopping Centre, Johannesburg,
Rendezvous 2008, Focus Wearable Art, Group Exhibition, FADA gallery
University of Johannesburg and Potchefstroom Akademie Aardklop National Arts Festival.
This or us, Group exhibition, Off the Wall Contemporary, Paarl.
Marvellous World, Group exhibition, The Bag Factory, Johannesburg.
Justified Jotting, Group exhibition, Magpie Gallery, Centurion
Marvellous World, Group exhibition, Outlet,
Projector room Arts Faculty, Tswane University of Technology, Pretoria,
Testosterone, Group Exhibition, Magpie Gallery, Centurion
Transform, Group exhibition, Upstairs @ Bamboo, Johannesburg.

2007
In die bos, Group exhibition, Inniebos Arts Festival.
‘’ ‘’, Group exhibition, Platform on 18th, Pretoria.
ABSA L’atelier Art Competition, Top ten finalist, ABSA gallery, Johannesburg,
Nuwe Snorre, Group exhibition, Karoo Art House, Pretoria.

Qualifications

2004
B-Tech Fine Art Degree, Practical with distinction, Technikon Pretoria.

2003
B-Tech Fine Art Degree, Theory, Dissertation: Similarities between Western Art and African ritual artefacts, Technikon Pretoria

2001
National Diploma Fine Arts, Technikon Pretoria, majoring in Sculpture and Ceramics.

1995
Matriculated at Pro Arte Alphen Park High School, Pretoria.

Artworks in the SAFFCA Collection