A self-taught artist and a chartered accountant by training, Bev Butkow’s art and research focuses on gender issues, education and the Other, hinging on the themes of belonging and exclusion. She works in multiple mediums, combining drawing with oil paint, nail varnish, collage and assemblage/sculpture.
In the series of drawings presented here, she traces, dissects and reassembles images of female activists, subtly interlaid with architectural fragments of historically important sites such as South Africa’s Constitutional Court. In the process of production, the works explore the subjective nature of history’s recording, the transitory nature of story telling, and how traces of the past linger in the present.
Bev had her first solo exhibition in 2015, winning a Merit Award in the 2015 SA Taxi Foundation Art Award the same year. In 2016 she exhibited at the Cape Town Art Fair. Her work sits in collections in South Africa as well as in New York, London, Dubai and the Netherlands. She is currently studying for an Honours in Art History at Wits University.