10 Q’s with Artist Rhett Martyn


This week I interviewed a former design and drawing lecturer Rhett Martyn, whom I have always found inspiring in the way he taught us to ask questions as creatives and the way in which he viewed the world.  He is an artist whose work challenges and confronts certain ideologies and politics and he has a new show opened today , titled Drawing Horses which is basically an exploration of the horse as an element that is in history symbolically charged as connotative representation of power, politics and wealth.


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Since this blog is all about inspiring people, spaces, design I asked Rhett about some of the things that inspire him, and this is what he had to say…

A bit about your self, what and where you studied, what you do currently, which city you live in, as well as you work and your coming up show.
Born in Bulawayo grew up in Jhb…lekker

Went to the National School of the arts in high school.

Studied fine art at D.U.T, then a masters at Wits university.

I lecture drawing at Greenside design centre , and work in Jhb as an artist (almost full time)

I still use a blackberry

1. Most inspirational person

My Dad, Keith Martyn

2. Most inspirational place

Johannesburg, hands down!

3. Most inspirational music band

Composer, Phillip Glass. Band Radio Head.

4. Most inspirational film

Citizen Kane

5. Most inspirational artist ( locally and internationally)

Chis Burden

6. Most inspirational quote/ words of wisdom

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.

7. Inspirational travel escape

Italy, almost anywhere in Italy…or Spain…mmm or the South of France

8. Most inspirational building/ architectural structure

Chandigarh, by Le Corbusier in Northern India

9. Most inspirational designer

Dai Fujiwara

10. Most inspirational book

John Fowles, The Magus

 Drawing Horses  is Rhett’s 6th  solo exhibition and opens today at Hazard, Arts on Main, in The Maboneng Precinct. The exhibition presents a series of drawings at a variety of scales, in the medium of ink on paper.

Venue: Hazard, Arts on Main, The Maboneng Precinct.
Opening time: Sunday, 12 April 2015, 12h00.
Closing time: Sunday, 03 May 2015, 16h00.

I advise you to go and check it out, (support SA Talent: it is the right thing to do :))

I will mos def be going…


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