Selwyn Pekeur studied art at school in Paarl and then went on to qualify as an art teacher in 1980. His first post as a primary school teacher opened his eyes to the use of colour, form and humour. He was appointed convener of the schools art project and organised workshops and exhibitions for children’s art and young artists. He found himself influenced by their portrayal of life in a primitive and naive genre.

Selwyn explores humour to bridge the cultural divide rather than redefine the fault lines that separated the communities of the past. Laughter heals.The bold colours, simple shapes, movement and humorous predicaments best known by the Coloured and African communities in the Western Cape, define his work. Selwyn experiments with different materials, media and techniques. He has worked as a sculptor, print maker and paints in oil and acrylic.

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