Eddie Botha

About the Artist

Eddie Botha’s work is both personal and indifferent, sentimental and light as he examines human interactions deeply. Born in South Africa, Eddie is a well-travelled multiculturalist, dreamer, comedian, nature lover and activist whose search for cultural identity and sincere relationships is expressed through his highly detailed drawings and paintings of people and society. Using pen, paint, newspaper and collage, Eddie depicts intricate, intimate scenes filled with a cacophony of characters who colour the everyday streets.

Nothing in Eddie’s works is by chance. Combining a love of street art with the sensitivity of penmanship, a series of conversations about human nature, people, technology, media, politics and sexuality unfold before us using a complex language of colour, symbolism and metaphor. Upon first glance you will smile at familiar individuals as they are depicted in their most candid states: a beach bum, a suited man, a young punk. However, further contemplation of these seemingly sweet figures reveals a darker, more profound meaning embedded within each work- one that touches on the psychological and the humanitarian. Whether in groups or alone, each figure is revealing of one of society’s many sentiments- from brave excess, humility and beauty to greed, fetish and despair.

Although dominated by recurring human faces and bodies, Eddie’s work also touches on the interaction between people and nature, people and technology, animals and animals. For him, nature and the technological often underpin many of our human experiences. By juxtaposing us with them, hard with soft, biological with material, Eddie prompts us to reflect upon the ways that contemporary contexts shape ourselves and inform our behaviors.

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Previous Exhibitions (selected)
2016:
Poh Chang Gallery, Bangkok, Jan 2016
Black cat Gallery, ‘Over the sea’ Group show, Hawthorn East, Feb 2016

2015:

Repeat, Artshole Groups show, Chapel Street, Prahan, Nov 2015
Hogan Gallery, Dual Show, Captured Freedom, Nov 2015
House of Bricks, Colab show, Technorganic, Oct 2015 (Curated by Eddie)
Off the kerb, Solo show called ‘Re-mortilization’ July 2015
Nocturnal, Dandenong Harmony square, Performance art, July 2015
Social-inter-action solo show, Burrinja cultural centre, Upwey, April 2015
Art not Apart Art festival Canberra, ‘Australia now and then’ performance art, March 2015
Walker street gallery project space, Befuddled solo show, Feb 2015
Dark horse Experiment (Blender), Group show (Midsumma) Jan 2015

2014:
Red gallery, ‘The moving image’ Solo show Fitzroy North, Nov 2014
Off the kerb, ‘Outside the Box’ solo show, Collingwood, July 2014
Artboy, ‘7 deadly sins’ group show, South Yarra, Feb 2014


2013:

Manyung Gallery group, Group show, October 2013
Tacit Contemporary Art Gallery, ‘Sociality’ Melbourne, Oct 2013
House of bricks, ‘Neutral’, Collingwood, Melbourne, Sept 2013
BSG, ‘Spot the difference’ Solo Show, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Sept 2013
TUSK gallery, ‘Here, there, everywhere’ South Yarra, Melbourne, Aug 2013
69 Smith Street, Portraiture Group show, Fitzroy, July 2013
Gaffa Gallery, Spot the difference Solo show, Sydney CBD, Jan 2013

2012:

Gosford Regional Gallery, Terrigal Plein Air 2012 Group Show, Gosford, Jan 2013
BSG, Odd one out Solo show, Melbourne, November 2012 (sold-out show)
BSG, Urban art group show 12 B, Melbourne, November 2012 (sold-out show)
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TVP, Strange, Stranger, Strangerest, Sydney, Newtown, June 2012
Kaleidoscope Gallery, Solstice group show, June 2012
Time and Place Gallery, Sociology 102, Newcastle, June 2012
Platform 72 featured opening exhibition, Sydney Oxford street, Feb 2012
ESP, Love death Group exhibition, Feb 2012
International Art Fair, London, May 2012

2011:
Activate Expo, Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Oct 2011
Affordable Art Fair Hampstead, UK, Oct 2011
The Woods Gallery, Archibald, Sept 2011
Arthive Gallery, Teasing the taught, solo show, May 2011
Reading Artfair, London, May 2011
2010:
Suspension Gallery, Beaumont Street, Newcastle, Australia, September 2010
Waste as Art 2010, Prize as Highly commended, Secondary Category, Maitland, April 2010
Seascape and beyond exhibition, Merewether Surf Lifesaving Club, Newcastle, Feb 2010

Projects:
Noble Park Art Show Committee 2015
Collaborative artist for 2012 Terrigal Landart (30 x 40m) with local aboriginal artist Gavi Duncan. This was part of the 5 lands walk’ festival.
He currently does illustrative contract work for ‘Momentum worldwide’ and ‘Kids own publishing’ working with local schools and community development/ marketing producing educational children’s books.

Awards:
Watson’s Art prize, 2014, First prize
Newcastle’s ‘Waste As Art‘ 2013, runner-up
Maitland’s ‘Waste As Art‘ 2011, highly commended