Tahiti Pehrson

Interview by Adrian Day

A few years ago, Rudi Jeggle was telling me about a friend of his in Northern California who was this amazing artist. He put us in touch and before I knew it he had done three graphics for Familia. Fast forward a few months and I was hanging out with Tahiti and his friends in Grass Valley and Nevada City, skating burly pools and hitting karaoke jams. More than anything I was highly inspired by Tahiti and his like-minded people. Ultimately it was this broad interaction of art, on every level, that I found to be a motivator. A sort of carpe diem approach to music, skating, painting, whatever… I came back to SA and started making music. Pretty much because of the trip. Years ago we started talking about getting him down to SA to have an exhibition, and in 2014, Tahiti is having a solo show at Salon 91. Accompanying him is David Nicholson, a filmmaker who is documenting the trip which will be screened later in the year at the Nevada City Film Festival.

Tahiti is about the funniest and mellowest dude out, and his artistic virtuosity blows my mind every time I see it. The art in itself is a testament to his drive, dedication and artistic genius. Tahiti Pehrson’s show, Connectivity, has it’s opening at Salon 91 Wednesday 26th Feb at 18.30, and will be up until 22 March. Check the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/500683666715131. Do yourself a favour…

Tahiti Pehrson

You’ve been here for a little over a week. Is Cape Town what you thought it would be?
I didn’t really know what to expect so I was pretty blown away. It can’t really be captured in photos. The clouds coming over Table Mountain – I can say I’ve really never seen anything like it.

Give us a brief skate history of yourself, beginnings, crews etc.
I grew up in Grass Valley in Northern California. I met Chris Senn in my second year of high school. I heard from a friend of mine that there was a dude who could do 360’s off a jump ramp every time. I had to see it myself. We started skating together a lot. Soon after he got hooked up on Powell so we would tag along on his Powell trips. My other close bro’s were on this company Trust Skateboards. Jason Clark, Genaro Vegoglini and Justin Smith. We lived in a car and just skated all the time. John Cardiel and Toad lived lived a couple minutes south of us so those guys would come blow our minds. John hooked me and another guy up on flow for Dogtown for like a year before it went under.

What would you say influenced the style you have become known for? Ie was it a natural evolution from stencil graffiti, or were there visual instances that triggered it all?
I was going to art school and it was just killing my inspiration, so I started painting in the streets. It was way more live and like skating. Plus I had a lot of experience ditching cops so it was it was pretty natural. That mentality got old after a while but the stencil idea kept evolving.

What is the process for one of your works?
It changes but in the last five years I have been into this really geometrical style. Those are made on a computer and more and more I have been drawing over the top of those… and even more now really organic stuff with no computers.

You told me your first board was a Blender, who had a large effect on skateboarders being artists etc. Did those early skate artists like Blender, Gonz, Miller etc play a role or sew seeds in your mind, or were you more interested broader artists?
Yeah man, super into those guys. I was into Salvador Dali and stuff like that too, but Blender, Gonz and Miller had this natural delivery and they lived their art. It wasn’t just a thing you produce it was a way of seeing and adapting so I took that with me.

Tahiti Pehrson

How much does your mental state affect the designs of your work, if at all?
I’m kind of always positive. I used to be bummed or let myself fall into it but when my daughter was born I really started to stay on a positive mental path. It really works. It sounds trite but once I got into that headspace everything fell into place and the momentum started. So now it’s pretty easy to be stoked. I mean I’m in South Africa pursuing my first loves; skateboarding and art, so I can’t complain.

5 best things about Cape Town:
Skate community rules, natural beauty, supernatural beauty, the accent, wildlife, nightlife, Adrian Day, Instagramming.

5 best things about Nevada City:
Community, skate scene, good music, lazy vibe and you can get by on very little effort. The river there is banging in the summer. Good times.

Check out Tahiti’s work online at www.tahitipehrson.com

Tahiti Pehrson



A Solo Exhibition of Recent Works
By artist Sarah Pratt
Titled ‘Away’

Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection, Cape Town
Wednesday 29 January – 22 February 2014

Toward or into non-existence.

While travelling from Cape Town to Dubai, Manchester to Wales, London to Singapore, and finally New Zealand back to Cape Town, Sarah Pratt presents a body of work both inspired and dictated by a ‘Journey’.

‘Away’ invokes feelings of being apart, elsewhere, afar and astray.

Travel exposes us to other worlds that, despite our scheduled timeline, seem to exist in a timeless realm.

While moving in a systematic manner from point to point, Sarah Pratt harnesses her travel experiences, both physical and psychological, to inform the nature of these works.

Using pen, ink and gouache, she focuses on producing a series of works that are an exploration of other-worldliness, works that illustrate another place and are created in unfamiliar environment.

Facebook event

Artwork by Sarah Pratt

Artwork by Sarah Pratt


Letters to Lotte – mixed media on Hahnemeule Bamboo 285gm – 905mm x 635mm – framed

A Vacant Passage opens this weekend, so we caught up with artist Paul Senyol to talk to him about it…

Tell us about A Vacant Passage, your exhibition this weekend with Andrzej Urbanski.
It is a two person show, opening on Saturday at Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection. Andrzej and I met about a year and a half ago for the first time. We have since become close friends and, during this time, have discovered many similarities in our approach to work and life, as well as our past. The exhibition is an exploration along these themes.

How did you guys meet? What made you decide to work on an exhibition and collaborate on some work together?
I heard that Andrzej was at /A WORD OF ART AIR (Artist In Residence) programme, and one day I passed by him while cycling down the street. At the time he was busy painting a wall. I waved, shouted “nice wall” and carried on riding. A few days later we met again while walking down the street. We exchanged numbers, and when AJ returned a few months later, we started to hang out a bit more. We both enjoy each others’ work, and we had an idea to do some collaborative walls and art pieces. Monique at Salon91 and myself were planning exhibitions and shows for myself in January this year, and we decided to do a two person show in October. I suggested AJ as the other artist whom I most wanted to work with.

Charlotte – mixed media on Hahnemeule Bamboo 285gm – 930mm x 795mm – framed

What do you think influences your personal style to be more abstract than ‘straight forward’, if I can say that?
I like to play with line and colour, and create things that are a bit more allusive and are able to draw a viewer in, as well as engage with a person as they start to make sense of a piece and interpret it for themselves. I believe that in painting there needs to be a fair bit of interpretation allowed on the viewers behalf. I like to engage with the viewer’s imagination.

The press release for the exhibition mentioned that “To the artists, Germany is a vacant place, Poland is a vacant place, and some day, South Africa too might become a vacant place.” What is a ‘vacant’ place?
Through our time researching and creating works for the exhibition, we came across so many old photos of places, people and things that no longer exist but, if you showed one of these photos to my Dad for instance, it would bring back a memory of something that perhaps no longer exists. As people, we travel to and from places, leave things behind, take things with us, make friends etc., but at the end of the day, we cannot take a place with us. In essence, the place becomes vacant when we leave, but it remains in our minds and in our hearts. Germany and Poland became vacant for our families because, for various reasons, they were forced to move. It has been fascinating to me exploring these places via photos, letters and diaries from my grandparents.

Pretoria Castle – mixed media on Hahnemeule Bamboo 285gm – 485mm x 460mm – framed

What made you decide to integrate computer software and technologies into the exhibition? How has it been integrated?
A friend of Monique’s, Johan, approached us with this concept of showing work in a new way, via digital means. What excited AJ and myself was that it would allow us to show work in a physical space, but bring the viewer into contact with all the history and source we had used in a non-tangible digital space. We are now able to elaborate on these ‘vacant passages’ through which our families and ourselves have travelled.

What do you hope that people get out of viewing the exhibition?
I hope people are inspired by the works we have created, and that they realise that each day they have the opportunity to continue writing a history story of their own; that through the exhibition they realise the importance of friendships and family. These archived photos, letters and documents from my grandparents are fascinating for their history, but also how they shape my identity and sense of place in this world. We all leave a legacy of some form, and I hope that people are inspired to leave behind a positive trace of themselves as they travel through their lifetime.

What does the future have in store for Paul Senyol?
A few more art shows locally this year and a short residency in Germany halfway through 2014. After the opening on Saturday I would like to take a few days off to plot some ideas for upcoming shows and projects.

Any last words?
The show opens on Saturday at 11h00. We will have some sweet ice cream, as well as be making a braai. Come on down and say hi, hang out, and enjoy the opening with us.

A Vacant Passage Invite from Monique du Preez on Vimeo.


Candice JežekCandice Ježek. Caught a Glimpse. Acrylic on Fabriano.


Jade Klara & Candice Ježek [aka Ž]

16 October – 9 November 2013

WEDNESDAY EVENING 16 October 2013 at 18h30

The Witching Hour is an exploration of the magical and secret spaces of the world. Artists Candice Ježek and Jade Klara use a whimsical and powerfully feminine style to create rich narratives of unexpected yet somehow familiar themes. Expressed through various mediums of painting, sculpture, and print, they aim to move the viewer to a place of both sweetness and sorrow. The witching hour is a visually stimulating, diverse and powerful showing of the reflections of these two artists’ lives.

Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection

Opening Event: Evening Opening 16 October at 18h30pm.

The show will conclude 9 November at 14h00.

Facebook event link: www.facebook.com/events/192687710912514/

Gallery Hours: Tue – Fri: 10 am – 6pm; Sat: 10am – 2pm; Closed: Mondays & Sundays
Address: 91 Kloof Street, Cape Town
Email: info@salon91.co.za
Contact Numbers: 021-424-6930 / 082-679-3906
Website: www.salon91.co.za
For further information & high res / more images of the artworks please contact the gallery director & curator, Monique at info@salon91.co.za / salon91.art@gmail.com

Candice JežekCandice Ježek. When You Find It Hold It Near. Acrylic on Fabriano.

Jade KlaraJade Klara. Coral Girl

Jade KlaraJade Klara. Wolf Heart

Jade and CandiceJade Klara and Candice Ježek


Former Mountains Group Exhibition proudly presented by Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection

28 August – 19 September 2013

Bruce MackayBruce Mackay. Ash Cloud #1 – Eclipse. Pen & Ink on Paper. 510 x 370mm (Framed artwork size).

About Former Mountains:

‘Former Mountains’, a group show by Bruce Mackay, Dale Lawrence, Jean de Wet & Mike Tymbios is currently on view at Salon91 in Cape Town. The artists have been selected to exhibit together based on a strong narrative quality, which is common to their individual practices, as well as for a unique & highly individualistic quality of line which is both present & signature to each of their styles. The result is a sleek & sophisticated display of drawing and print, which seamlessly combines bold expression, abstraction and moments of extremely fine as well as graphic detail, all expressed through a limited palette of red, blues and black. Each exhibiting artist has indeed taken a truly unique approach to the treatment of the subject of ‘Former Mountains’ from singular to composite multifaceted interpretations, ranging from the very literal to far-off poetic and obscure expressions…

Dale LawrenceDale Lawrence. Object to Inspire Awe. Edition of 5, plus artist proof. Linocut on Zerkall paper. 645 x 860mm (Framed artwork size); 555 x 765mm (Unframed artwork size).

Jean de WetJean de Wet. Quarry Cove. Pen on Hahnemuhle. 435 x 610mm (Framed artwork size).

Michael TymbiosMichael Tymbios. Harry. Gouache on Hahnemuhle bamboo paper 250 gsm. 805 x 1150mm (Framed artwork size).

Find out more from the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/442921912481359/


Bruce MackayBruce Mackay – Crown 1

A group show by Bruce Mackay, Dale Lawrence, Jean de Wet and Mike Tymbios, presented by Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection.

28 August – 18 September 2013

Former Mountains‘ is an exhibition, which is predominantly centered around the art and medium of drawing and to some extent print. The artists have been selected to exhibit together based on a strong narrative quality, which is common to their individual practices, as well as for a unique & highly individualistic quality of line which is both present and signature to each of their styles. The artists have each taken a unique approach to the subject of ‘Former Mountains‘, some presenting a number of diverse interpretations of the theme which will be depicted as smaller individual series within their greater body of work, while the other exhibiting artists have taken a more singular approach, ranging from the very literal to far-off poetic and obscure expressions.

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/442921912481359/

D Lawrence Object to Inspire AweDale Lawrence – Object to Inspire

Jean De Wet ApartmentJean de Wet – Apartment

Michael Tymbios Ghost Mountain PassMichael Tymbios – Ghost Mountain Pass


Paul Senyol

Artists Paul Senyol and Andrzej Urbanski have an upcoming exhibition called ‘A Vacant Passage’ at Salon91 in Cape Town.

The past is often a source of inspiration within working practice amongst artists, but how about when two artists meet by chance and share a common heritage and history? Andrzej Urbanski(Pol/Ger) and Paul Senyol first met in Cape Town, during Urbanski’s three month residency early in 2012. There was an immediate connection between the two, and upon Urbanski’s return later in 2012 they began spending more time together exchanging ideas, thoughts and concepts. They quickly began to discover many similarities within their artistic practice and approaches, even though their execution differed greatly. A common visual language, yet different dialects. Up until that time each artist had been writing their own story, looking back, but also looking forward. Uncovering their past they found similar backgrounds, heritage, influences, and commonalities between their families. Both families having lived within a 200km radius of one other. Much of their lives changed at the beginning of the second world war when both families were forced to give up their homeland and way of life. Common roots yet a shared experience of displacement and loss. A vacant passage. For the exhibition the artists reference back to a time and place which no longer exists, both artists having experienced this space and place, and now coming together to seek out and make a story of a puzzle and a past which neither has any recollection of, besides a shoebox of photos, newspaper clippings, essays as well as stories handed down from generation to generation.

To the artists’ Germany is a vacant place, Poland is a vacant place, and some day, South Africa might become a vacant place. The story of two artists traveling and leaving behind remnants and legacies. The artists will each produce a body of new works related to their history and the common happenings of the years when both artists’ families experienced the difficulties and repercussions of the 2nd World War.

For the exhibition the artists will also collaborate on several artworks as well as a mural within the gallery.

Andrzej Urbanski

Andrzej Urbanski

Andrzej Urbanski



We went to the opening of The Editions Show at the Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection, 91 Kloof Street, Cape Town, last night. These are some snapshots from the opening, but they really don’t do the exhibition justice. You actually need to go there and look at the artworks yourself to fully appreciate just how good they are. We were blown away by the skill and quality of most of the work, and would highly recommend that, if you’re in Cape Town, you get your butt down there and spend some time there browsing the art. The exhibition is open until the 24th of August.

Featured artists:
Adrie Le Roux, Alice Edy, Andrew Sutherland, Annika de Korte, Ben Winfield, Bruce Mackay, Carmen Ziervogel, Caroline Mackintosh, Cassandra Leigh Johnson, Charles Haupt, Claudette Maskell, Clement de Bruin, Cynthia Edwards, Dani Loureiro, Donna Solovei, Dylan Culhane, Fred Clarke, Galia Gluckman, Gerhard Human, Hanno van Zyl, Hugh Byrne, Jade Klara, Jason de Villiers, Jay Gordon, Jono Dry, Jop Kunneke, Kirsten Sims, Louis Minnaar, Marchand, Mareliza Nel, Mieke van der Merwe, Neill Wright, Otto du Plessis, Sarah Pratt, Simon Berndt, Sinead Turnham, Ulrich Knoblauch & Zelda Weber.

Here’s a link to the Facebook event for more info: http://www.facebook.com/events/258235247635079/






































The Editions Show

A Group exhibition presented by Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection, Cape Town

Wednesday 24 July – Saturday 24 August 2013

An eclectic collection of Editions & Multiples, including Digital print, Etching, Laser-engraving, Sculpture, Screen-print, Photography and more by emerging artists from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Expect to see a rich variety of affordable accessible artwork. The exhibition will open on Wednesday the 24th of July at 18h30.

Featured Artists Include:
Adrie Le Roux, Alice Edy, Andrew Sutherland, Annika de Korte, Ben Winfield, Bruce Mackay, Carmen Ziervogel, Caroline Mackintosh, Cassandra Leigh Johnson, Charles Haupt, Claudette Maskell, Clement de Bruin, Cynthia Edwards, Dani Loureiro, Donna Solovei, Dylan Culhane, Fred Clarke, Galia Gluckman, Gerhard Human, Hanno van Zyl, Hugh Byrne, Jade Klara, Jason de Villiers, Jay Gordon, Jono Dry, Jop Kunneke, Kirsten Sims, Louis Minnaar, Marchand, Mareliza Nel, Mieke van der Merwe, Neill Wright, Otto du Plessis, Sarah Pratt, Simon Berndt, Sinead Turnham, Ulrich Knoblauch & Zelda Weber.

The exhibition will conclude on Saturday the 24th of August at 2pm.

Bruce Mackay Safe HarbourBruce Mackay. ‘Safe Harbour’. Archival Print. Edition of 100. 420 x 420mm. (Unframed).

Louis Minnaar Visione Uit Die Buitenste RuimLouis Minnaar. ‘Visioene uit die buitenste ruim’. Archival Print. Ed of 3. 420 x 594mm. (Unframed).

Caroline Mackintosh Golden HourCaroline Mackinstosh. ‘Golden Hour’. Archival print on Hahnemule paper. Edition of 5. 350mm diameter. (Unframed).

Ulrich Knoblauch UntitledUlrich Knoblauch. ‘Untitled’. Archival print on acid-free paper. Edition of 12 + 2AP. 820 x 1200mm. (Unframed).

Galia Gluckman Ella 2013 Series 2 CircleGalia Gluckman. ‘Ella‘ (2013) series 2 (circle). Variable Edition. 815 x 815mm. (Unframed).

Neill Wright ScrapmenseNeill Wright. ‘Scrapmense’. 37 x 25 x 25cm. Bronze, duco, and polyacrothane. Edition of 6 + 1 AP.

Jop Kunneke Balancing ActJop Kunneke. ‘Balancing Act’. Bronze cast – limited edition of 15. 500 x 200 x 120mm.  

Gerhard Human The Last Days of Billy the KidGerhard Human. ‘Last days of Billy the Kid’. Archival Print on Hahnemuhle German Etching paper. Edition of 30.
297 x 580mm. (Unframed).

Andrew Sutherland BoatAndrew Sutherland. ‘Boat’. Giclee print on Epson smooth fine art paper. Edition of 10. 297 x 420mm. (Unframed)

Mieke van der Merwe Camera NostalgiaMieke van der Merwe. ‘Camera Nostalgia’. Archival Print. Edition of 12. 297 x 420mm. (Unframed).

Link to the Facebook event:

Gallery Details:
Venue: Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection. 91 Kloof Street, Cape Town.
EXHIBITION OPENING Date and Time: Wednesday 24 July at 18h30.
Contact Person: Monique, Curator & Gallery Director to Salon91.
Website: www.salon91.co.za
Email: info@salon91.co.za
Contact Number: 082 679 3906 or 021 424 6930
Gallery Hours: Tue-Fri: 10am – 6pm. Sat: 10am – 2pm. Sun; Mon: Closed.

Salon 91


“Heart of Gold” is a playful exploration of the concepts of money, consumerism and greed by Jordan Metcalf and Daniel Ting Chong. Following on the form of their previous project Fear.Less, the artists have played with scale and medium to re-contextualise consumer-based iconography and lexicon as art. The pieces are stark, sleek and graphic, using limited colour palettes and diverse mediums such as glass, paper, wood and ceramic.

Make sure you check out the show at Salon 91 in Cape Town before it closes on 20 April 2013.













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During February & March Salon91 celebrates design and typography with ‘Back in 5 minutes’ an exhibition featuring an award winning set of local designers, typographers and illustrators, including Ben Johnston, Clinton Campbell of Studio Muti, Clement de Bruin, Justin Southey and Dani Loureiro. Here are some pictures from the opening night.
















Justin Southey along with a bunch of other really talented illustrators and artists are in a new exhibition opening tonight at Salon 91. Check out the facebook page over here. We chatted to Justin about his work for this typographic exhibition and if you in Cape Town make sure you attend the opening tonight!


1. You involved with a new exhibition coming up this week. Can you tell us about it?

Well, The show is called Back in 5 Mins, and is a show which highlights the use of typography and sign writing in Urban culture. It is a group show of typographers and illustrators and along with myself, it includes; Ben Johnston, Clinton Campbell of Studio Muti, Clement de Bruin, & Dani Loureiro.

I see my current work as reflecting the energy, colour and vibrance of the streets, I endeavored to create pieces which were both sophisticated, yet playful. I drew strongly from the local narrative, and allowed my pieces to act as voices of the city.

JustinSouthey_2013_Cape employer's nightmare

2. Do you think people have an appreciation for type as an art piece?

Yes certainly. Typography, or at least artworks using typography have become increasingly popular as an art form in the last few years. I know it’s more of a popular culture thing but how many re tweets of Keep calm and… have you seen in the last year?

3. How did you get involved with this exhibition?

Monique from Salon91 contacted me as she she felt that my work would contrast really well with some of the other artists in the show

JustinSouthey_2013_we will not be shaken

‘Back in 5 Minutes’ – An Exhibition of Typography from Nicholas James on Vimeo.

4. The video for the exhibition is really beautiful and it looked liked everyone had fun at your studio. What have you learnt through the process of doing your artwork for the show?

Often my set ideas for a piece just don’t work, and I have to be able let go of my vision for something as it evolves into something different. Often this hybrid of ideas creates something even better, so in terms of something I have learnt, it would be to explore and play until it works and not to be too dogmatic regarding my original idea

5. Any exciting plans up ahead besides this exhibition? You got a totem at Design Indaba right?

Ya, I have a bunch of Totem like pieces up at the Design Indaba exhibition (curated by Li Edelkoort). I actually heard about the Design Indaba exhibition whilst creating work for the Salon91 show, I submitted work, was selected, and suddenly found myself creating works for 2 shows which had deadlines on the same day, so needless to say , It’s been a pretty manic past few weeks. I feel really privileged to be part of the show as only 52 people were selected out of over a thousand entries.

JustinSouthey_2013_To Infinity

JustinSouthey_2013_We have this Hope

6. Where can we see more of your work?