Willie Bester

Willie Bester’s a South African artist who makes works that may appear playful – deceptively so at first glance – but harrowing when one gets into looking at them.

He recycles materials to produce art that tackles issues of a social, political and historical nature.

In certain ways it parallels the art produced by Mozambique’s Kester and Ghana’s El Anatsui.

Willie Bester Trojan Horse II
Trojan Horse II (1994) mixed media. Collection of Jerome and Ellen Stern, New York, and Gilbert and Lila Silverman, Detroit

This image of Trojan Horse II 1994 appeared on the invitation card for Apartheid Laboratory at the Art Gallery of Windsor. More about the work gathered under this rubric also posted on Beyond Victoriana.

Of note: this sculpture seems to blend characteristics of the images that appeared in two previous posts: Kester’s Throne of Weapons and Desert Sweethearts.


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