About Us

Guns & Rain is a curated online gallery of contemporary fine art from southern Africa, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana.  Most of our artists are young and emerging, but some of them are already established. You can order your art online and have it delivered anywhere in the world. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, we’ll help you do an ‘offline’ custom search based on your interests and requirements, which goes beyond what’s just on the website.

 

 In the last 3 years, contemporary African artists have been increasingly internationally recognised for their talent.  

 

Founder Julie Taylor is an anthropologist, communications guru, and art entrepreneur, interested in the intersection of technology, the creative spirit 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:

“Thank you again. The whole experience has been great. I will be a returning customer for sure and I’ve already told lots of people about your site” [Claire, in Canada]

I actually have been in search of a place like this  – in all my travels around Africa I have yet to arrive upon a venue for thoughtful representation of contemporary art. Many congratulations” [Andrew, in Washington DC]

“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, in Melbourne]

“My experience was terrific.  Keep it up” [Sina, in Washington DC]

 

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