Vusi Beauchamp (b 1979) studied printmaking and painting at the Tshwane University of Technology and Graphic Design at Damelin.
He describes his work as encompassing being an artist, multimedia designer and art director. His paintings are created by using various methods, including spray painting and stencilling as well as materials such as crayons and acrylic paints. His work comments on social issues, politics and events that make up the current South African social landscape. His works are the artistic version of satirical journalism and social critique, often controversial. Humour is an important ingredient, and is heightened through the typical ‘stereotyping’ by the media of our country’s politics and politicians.
His solo exhibitions include: “Terrorist”, Kalashnikovv Gallery (2016); Collector’s Room Fried Contemporary Pretoria (2016) – featured artist; Woordfees Stellenbosch (2016); Paradyse of the Damned, Pretoria Art Museum (2015); “Smoking Cheese”, Obert Contemporary, Johannesburg (2009).
He has participated in numerous group exhibitions: “Urban Axis” Another Antipodes, Perth (2017); “Arising African Perspectives” LKB/G, Hamburg (2017); FNB Art Fair and Cape Town Art Fair (2016, 2017); “Twenty: Art in the Time of Democracy”, which was a travelling exhibition, first shown at Appalachian State University, North Carolina, the Pretoria Art Museum and the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery. His work has also shown in exhibitions such as Capital: “Present”, Fried Contemporary (2015); “Protest”, Hazard Gallery, Johannesburg (2015); “Between Democracies 1989 – 2014: Memory and Commemoration”, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg (2015); Johannesburg Art Fair (2015); and “Working Title ”Goodman Gallery ,Johannesburg (2014).