Vusi Beauchamp studied print making and painting at the Tshwane University of Technology and Graphic Design at Damelin. His solo exhibitions include Woordfees, Stellenbosch (2016), Paradyse of the Damned, Pretoria art museum (2015), and smoking cheese, Obert Contemporary, Johannesburg (2009). He has participated in group exhibitions at the Cape Town art fair (2016), Twenty: Art in the time of democracy, Pretoria Art museum (2015), protest, hazard Gallery, Johannesburg (2015), between Democracy, Constitutional hill (2015), Johannesburg Art fair (2015), Johannesburg Art Fair (2015) (2015), and Goodman Gallery (cape town) (2014).
I would describe myself as being an artist, multimedia designer, and art director. For the last 12 years I have created artworks by means of painting, spray-painting and stencils to comment on social issues and on social issues and on the politicians and events that make up the south African social landscape. More recently I have used silk-screening in order to bring the content of the work (that is, critical observation of people and events) closer to a ‘media-based technique. These works are the artistic version of satirical journalism and social critique, often controversial. Humour is an important ingredient, and in plays, comic book genre, painting, and to depict simultaneously their stereotyping by the media. This dual vision (of looking at events both from the ‘inside’) reflects the way in which perception is shaped by the media and subsequently becomes reality, and affords the viewer a glimpse of contemporary local politics as well as lived experience in the urban jungle – Beauchamp