Guy du Toit is a sculptor working in a wide range of materials, including bronze, stone, wood and steel. Born in 1958 in Rustenburg in South Africa’s North West Province, he has exhibited extensively, both locally and internationally, and has been consistently supported by private and public collectors, institutions, academics and fellow artists.
There is a knowing range to du Toit’s work, from the bronze “high art” of traditional sculpture to contemporary installation. His apparent irreverence can obfuscate the fact that he is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most accomplished sculptors. “Liberated” (as he says) by the advent of democracy in South Africa from having to concern himself and his art with the notions of identity, he has happily turned his attention to “less provincial” pursuits like revelling in form, concept and media for their own sakes. He uses the unexpected juxtaposition of bronze casts of universal, everyday found (and made-to-look-found) objects to invite his audience to invent dialogue themselves.
He curates and adjudicates exhibitions and lectures at a number of institutions, including Pelmama Academy in Soweto, University of Pretoria, Tshwane University of Technology, University of Johannesburg, and the Johannesburg School of Art, Ballet, Drama and Music. He gives workshops throughout South Africa and has been involved in community projects, seminars and symposia.
The past few years have increasingly been spent on private and public commissions and in working closely with artists and businesses, especially those involved in design, communications, architecture, advertising and entertainment. Du Toit currently teaches part-time at the University of Pretoria and works between his studios in Pretoria and Graulhet, France.