Two exceptionally talented young artists from Barrydale, Chilton Lee Neetling and Benjamin Joubert, amazed audiences with their intricate and captivating string art creations at the BCX SuperSport Shootout which took place from 17–19 November in Durban.
String art is a unique form of visual art that utilises various coloured strings and nails to make stunning geometric patterns. Prior to this prestigious event Chilton (26) and Benjamin (23) had already demonstrated exceptional talent in their string art having trained under Cornia Loe from African String Art.
This adventure in Durban was the second commission by the pan-African bank, Absa after the two artists had showcased their work this year at the KKNK Festival. Some of their work was also displayed at the Absa Cape Epic marquee during the finals.
Their work reflects a harmonious blend of traditional techniques with a contemporary twist, resulting in striking and imaginative pieces that have garnered attention both locally and beyond.
Now in its 20th year, the BCX SuperSport Shootout is an annual invitational golf tournament that brings together high-profile corporate executives and legendary South African sportspeople to compete against each other.
This year, the event proved to be even more exceptional with the addition of an art showcase.
The theme of the work for this event was Golf and the Barrydale stars were commissioned to create two boards for auction depicting golfers.
One of these boards fetched no less than R60 0000 while the other was auctioned for R50 000 at the auction, showcasing just how gifted these young men are.
Chilton has furthered his passion for textile art by joining the Barrydale Hand Weavers Team while Benjamin works as as graphic designer in Robertson.
Dr. Paul Bayliss, Senior Specialist: Art and Museum Curator at Absa Group, said: “As part of our strategy of empowering Africa’s tomorrow, together one story at a time, we are happy to partner with the young, talented artists from Barrydale.
“They both bring distinct and creative forms of visual art, and we are proud that we could showcase and commission their work at this year’s BCX tournament.
“This partnership showcases our commitment to being a force for good in the communities where we operate.”