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Selwin Pekeur was born on the 23rd November 1957, South Africa. He has been dedicated to his career as a full-time artist since 1998.
Pekeur was a former art teacher who studied under the well known Amos Langdown and Peter Clarke. In this capacity he was appointed convenor of the schools art project and was involved in organising workshops and exhibitions for children’s art and young artists. He is a founder member of the E’Bezweni Art Group (E.A.G.) established in Paarl in October 1994. Solomon Siko, Kerwin Cupido, Dylan Denyssen and Alby Bailey are also members of the group.
A positive influence in the new South Africa, Pekeur chooses to explore humour as a force to bridge the cultural divide rather than redefine the fault lines that have separated the Cape communities of the past. The viewer becomes a voyeur observing an intimate moment of family life on a sultry afternoon in a township home. Black is beautiful in this artist’s vision. Selwin’s women are great inflated fantasies, titillating and festooned in colourful frippery.
He loves to experiment with different materials, media and techniques. He has worked as a sculptor, print maker and paints in oil and acrylic.