About Us

Guns & Rain works with contemporary fine artists from southern Africa, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana.  Most of our artists are young and emerging, whilst some of them are already established.

 

We’re excited to soon be opening our new permanent space in Parkhurst, Johannesburg.  For those across the oceans, we offer prompt and informed advisory to help you find African art that you love, and we deliver it anywhere you like.  We also assist art lovers with custom searches based on their interests and requirements, which goes beyond what’s just on the website.

 

Founder Julie Taylor is an anthropologist, communications specialist, and art entrepreneur, interested in the intersection of technology, creativity and the under-representation of African fine art in the global economy. She was born and raised in Zimbabwe and holds degrees from Oxford and Cambridge.  She is author of Naming the Land, a book based on her doctoral research about San identity in northern Namibia, and is based in Johannesburg.  Before Guns & Rain, Julie ran Google’s communications for Africa.  She is currently studying for a Masters in History of Art at Wits University in Johannesburg.

 

The name ‘Guns & Rain’ is used with acknowledgement and thanks.  It comes from the acclaimed work of South African-born British anthropologist and playwright David Lan, who wrote about guerrillas and spirit mediums in Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle — for its reference to nature, culture, identity, land, struggle, change, and many other important African themes. Guns & Rain is committed to fair, mindful and ethical trade.

What people are saying:

“As recent collectors, we think that the Guns & Rain platform is a truly outstanding initiative and we thank you for giving exposure to such talented artists.” – Daniel, New York

 

“Although I have been collecting African art for many years, Guns & Rain has helped me navigate the market and discover new emerging artists. Julie’s research and connections are invaluable. She has sourced great art for me from galleries and artists’ studios, arranged shipping and help me get exciting art in a very cost-efficient manner.” – JV, Spain

 

“Guns and Rain: thank you so much for the wonderful art. I was delighted to discover that both pieces are even more impressive than the website portrayed them.” – Kateena, Melbourne

 

“My experience was terrific.  Keep it up” – Sina, Washington DC

 

“Tea in bed and beautiful art.  Thank you so much.  We are thrilled.” – Amelia, London

 

“It’s commendable for you to [be]… supporting the young artists and preserving the culture of the region. I loved the works that you have in the gallery too; I’d love to come back from time to time to start my small collection. – Ayako, Pretoria

 

“I’m loving my art. Attached is my framed Thina Dube in my office. It makes me happy every day.” – Clare, Cape Town

 

 

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