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SANDY ESAU
Born in 1968
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Sandy Esau was born in 1968 and raised in Darling. He came from a creative family and studied art at Ruth Prowse School of Art, under Eric Loubser and Ryno Swartz for two and a half years. He was guided by Judith Mason at Dal Josafat Missionary Station where he also studied. After his studies he worked as a fisherman and also at Koeberg Nuclear Power Station while continuing to paint. His first solo exhibition was in Darling during June 2001.

In 2007 one of his works was auctioned for R 55 000 at the Greef 'Road of Hope' Gallery, where Mr.Trevor Manual was the host. Esau’s work hangs in the boardroom of Mercedes Benz in Gauteng, and in 2002 he won a national art contest at the World Summit on Sustainable Development held n Johannesburg. The works were enlarged to billboard sizes and put onto buildings during the Summit.

In 2009 Esau was devastated by a fire which destroyed his paintings, materials, studio and home. Although this was an overwhelming loss for the artist and his family, Sandy Esau continues to paint. He still lives in his home town of Darling with his wife Natasha, three girls and a boy.

He recently took part in an ANC fundraiser, where the piece “After School” raised R90 000.
Esau paints the community around him. He is inspired by Monet and Van Gogh and everyday life as he sees it. He works in mediums such as oil on canvas, oil on superwood, pastels and mixed media on paper.

"I paint my community around me, the houses, the dorp with it's 'Stoepsitters', the shop fronts, the bar, the darcers, Nguni Cows, Cape Coons, Children, my family and friends and the every day life around me."
- Sandy Esau

EDUCATION

Vooruitsig Primary School in Darling, South Africa
Atlantis Senior Secondary School in Atlantis, South Africa
Ruth Prowse (Lectured by Eric Loubser and Ryno Swart)
Daljosafat Missionary station (Lectured by Judith Mason)

WORK EXPERIENCE

Fisherman
Koeberg Nuclear Power Station
Since 2000 a full time artist

ACHIEVMENTS

2002
Award winner Johannesburg Art City
2003
South African Fine Worsteds Calendar
2010
Award winner for best artwork in the Labour Media Awards - Johannesburg

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2001
Through the Looking Glass, Darling   
Elsie Balt Gallery ( Evita se Perron)
2002  
Elsie Balt Gallery  
2004  
Vyge Valley, Darling District
2005  
Vyge Valley

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
1995
Daljosafat – The Art Gallery E. AG Paarl, Darling Community Gallery, West Coast Art Guild Gallery, Jean Weltz

1997
Pierneef Gallery

1998
Association for Visual Arts (AVA) Cape Town

2000
Darling Cellars

2001
Germany (15 works)

2002
Groote Post and Vyge Valley

2003
Kirstenbosch, Groote Post and Vyge Valley

2005
Vyge Valley and Cloof, Darling

2006
Workshop Koekenaap and group exhibition

2007
Greef propeties- Road of Hope Gallery

2008
Koekenaap Workshop
Greef Properties

2009
Stellenbosch US Gallery

2010
Cape Gallery

2012
Social Synergy, group exhibition at The Cape Gallery

COMMISIONS

Evita se Perron
Policy Link
Indaba Tourism backdrop of 12m x 3m

COMUNITY ACTIVITIES

Teaching township children of Darling




SANDY ESAU
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Artist: SANDY ESAU
Title: Township - Children Playing
Size: 36 x 38 cm
Media: Acrylic
Price: R 5 000 Framed


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