The Rabbit's Foot Group Exhibition

Apr 11, 2021 – Apr 30, 2021

The Rabbit's Foot.
A Group Exhibition featuring works by various artists.
Opens: 11 April 2021 @ 11h00 am.
Duration: 11 – 30 April 2021.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 9h00 to 15h00
Johann van Heerden's Art and Gallery.
593 Jacqueline Drive , Garsfontein, 0081 Pretoria, South Africa.

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Still Life Kudos Exhibition

Feb 7, 2021 – Feb 28, 2021

“A new way of looking at ordinary objects”
Johann van Heerden's Art Gallery annual Still life competition, Exhibition.
Featuring works by various artists exploring Still Life.
OPENING: Sunday 7 February 2021 at 11h00 am.
Gallery Address: 593 Jacqueline Drive , Garsfon...

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Postcards From The Edge

Jan 10, 2021 – Jan 31, 2021

Group exhibition featuring works by various SA Artists - Postcard size.

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Now Available at Johann van Heerden's Art Gallery! * R699 *
Benjamin Mitchley Augmented Reality Book 1.
23 illustrated artworks linked to the Augmented Reality Artivive App.
Book 1 - A4 Hardcover - 24 Pages - 23 illustrated Artworks.

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My studio will be available for visits by appointment only. For any enquiries about fine art, illustration or animation products or commissions, please email me at benjcpt@gmail.com with a detailed enquiry of your requirements and I will reply as soon as possible. Call Benjamin now for immediate ...

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Comic Con Africa Online

24-Sep-2020 – 27-Sep-2020

I will have a virtual boI will have a virtual booth at Comic Con Africa Online Event happening 24-27 Sept 2020 from 10h00-18h00 where You can have access to SPECIAL OFFERS on my Artivive Augmented Reality Prints, signed first release copies of my Comic Book, Dorpville - 'The Arrival', have Live V...

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Here are some of my painting from the 90s. Drastically reduced prices. They will only be available at these prices for the duration of 'The Winter Sale', Johann van Heerden's Art and Gallery. Click the 'Learn More' button for more info.

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You can now order my Artivive Augmented Reality Limited Edition Prints and Postcards at the following online catalogue. Follow the Order online link to see available stock. Credit Card and EFT payments accepted.

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About Benjamin Mitchley

Benjamin Mitchley is a South African fine artist, born on 1 January 1967 in the Free State, South Africa.  He matriculated from Welkom High School in 1984 and studied fine arts from 1985 to 1987 at the Vaal University of Technology and Tshwane University of Technology. He is a full-time freelance fine artist, scenic artist, illustrator, 2D digital animator, and poet. He does commissions and collaboration in fine art painting, scenic painting, illustration, and 2D digital animation. 

Since 2003 he exhibited his work in South Africa, and in the same year received his first international exposure with the help of SouthAfricanArtists.com online gallery.  He had his first international art exhibition in Munich and Hof, in Germany during 2005 and 2006. Since then he gained support from several buyers in Europe, America and South Africa. He furthered his scenic experience while working in Dubai on the IBN Battuta shopping mall (2004 and 2006), a sculpture project for the Dubai Municipality horse museum (2007) and mural work at the Dubai IMG Worlds of Adventure indoor theme park (2016). In Johannesburg, he worked on a scenic project during the first phase of Monte Casino's East-End Teatro in 2007 and created backdrops for television adverts at Golden Island Studios in 2013. 

Since 2010, as a self taught animator, he received contract work to create a short film for a SABC documentary and animation collaboration for corporation info-graphic projects. In 2013 he received a first-place award for a medical animation competition for the Iheed institute.  

Technology plays an integral part in his creative process. Augmented reality has made it able to look at his artwork in a different way.  In 2019 with the introduction of augmented reality to his artwork linked to the  Artivive app,  It has allowed him to link an animation or create a visual depth perception in front of an artwork. When looking at these artworks through the Artivive app, using a smartphone or tablet device, the augmented reality becomes visible. This medium has taken him on a new journey with exhibition collaborations with the Artivive company and his participation in the 5th Ranetas VR Fest in Alcaniz, Spain. In 2020 he revived a place in the top 10 artists for the Artivive UN Peace Poster International Competition which will be exhibited for one year at the UN secretariat building in New York.

Poetry and writing  developed from his fine art, illustration and animation creations, in the form of comic books, animated poems and an illustrated poetry eBook. His search for new ideas and experimentation with new techniques, styles and media is ongoing. 
What Benjamin says about his work process.

With a pencil, I draw onto the canvas the outline of the image from which I am working. I start filling the canvas with paint medium until all areas of the canvas are completely covered. Once dry, I continue to add layers of paint medium until I've achieved the desired detail. A few months after drying, l will add a mixture of damar varnish on oil paintings as a protective layer. It brings out the richness in the colour. A similar acrylic medium is applied to acrylic paintings for the same reason. Reference images used for my paintings are from my own photographs taken in my surroundings. 

Digital Artwork
I create my digital artwork using design and art software such as Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo, Clip Studio Paint EX, Krita, Artrage and Mypaint. I use a digital pen and a 22-U-mini Bosto intuitive monitor to create on. It mimics the feeling of creating a traditional artwork, whether it be drawing or painting. I consider the creative input, the hours spent and costs on this type of work similar to that of a traditional media.  

I create my animation using digital animation software (Moho Pro, Harmony Advanced, Toon Boom Animate, Toon Boom Studio, Clip Studio Paint EX, Krita and Open Toonz). I create augmented reality artworks using the ARTIVIVE App. The style of work depends on what I and the client would like to achieve. My main style of work is 2D cut-out and 2D digital animation. For a 2D cut-out style, I would photograph and scan the artwork into photo editing software and create layers by cutting out each moving part. In the animation software these parts are given bones, and sometimes a mesh warp, to help them achieve the movement I would like to see. Sometimes I create an animation before a script evolves. I would see a moving image in my imagination, create it and build a story around it.

Artivive Augmented Reality
Technology plays an integral part in the creative process of my work. Augmented reality has made it able to look at my artwork in a different way. The Artivive App has become one of my best assets to enhance my artwork. It has allowed me to link an animation or create visual depth perception, creating an augmented reality in front of the artwork.

My Process for Creating an Artivive Augmented Reality Artwork:
Once I have created the animation or digital image layers, MP4 animation video files or PNG image layers are uploaded along with the target JPG image (artwork) to the Artivive Bridge website. Size, shape, distance and chroma-key (green screen) of the uploaded files can be manipulated in the 3D workspace environment on the Artivive Bridge website. Once the project is processed, it is automatically linked to the Artivive App. Once the App is downloaded and opened on your mobile device (smartphone or tablet), hold the device in front of the artwork to access the augmented reality. It uses the device camera to view the artwork and in turn, the augmented reality will be activated. 

A Youtube video about my process can be seen HERE
A video of a selection of my Artivive augmented reality artworks can be seen HERE.
Read more about Artivive on their website: https://artivive.com

Awards and Competitions: 

2012 Vuleka competition, SA Art Times Merit Award. 2013 Iheed Animation 1st place Award.
2020 Artivive Top 10 UN Peace Poster International Competition. 

Feel free to contact Benjamin with regards to creative work, commissions, collaboration, teaching or advice. 

If you are interested in purchasing artwork, his work is available at South African Artists online gallery as well as current and upcoming solo and group exhibitions which are listed on this website. 

Click HERE To order Benjamin Mitchley's Artivive Augmented Reality Limited Edition Prints and Postcards and Comic Books.

Animation Projects and Shorts can be seen on his youtube channel, BenjAnim

  • Sanlam Vuleka Exhibition, 2003.
  • Sanlam Vuleka Exhibition, 2004.
  • Obz Art Walk, 2003.
  • SoulPIE Exhibition - 38 Special Art Gallery, Cape Town,2003. 
  • Aroma Cafe, Loop Street, Cape Town, 2003.
  • Granny Feel Goods, Main Road, Green Point Cape Town, 2003.
  • 'Picasso' Red art gallery, Steenburg village, Tokai, 2003.
  • Strada restaurant, Munich, 2005/2006.
  • Koenig Bistro, Munich, 2006.
  • Hof Christmas market, Germany, 2006.
  • The Studio art gallery, Clarens, 2007.
  • Richard Renni gallery, Clarens, 2007.
  • Solo Exhibition, Spirit, The Arts Association of Bellville, Cape Town, 2008.
  • 'My Country, My Land', Hyde Park Gallery, Johannesburg, 2009.
  • 'Green, Organic, Nature, Nurture', Hyde Park, Jhb. Food and Trees for Africa, 2009.
  • 'Gallery On The Side' Four Ways, Johannesburg, 2010/2014.
  • Sanlam Vuleka Exhibition, 2012, Merit award.
  • 2nd Annual Group Miniature Exhibition, Art Lovers 1932 Gallery, 9 May 2013.
  • In celebration of Portugal Day, Group Exhibition, Art Lovers 1932, 8 June 2013.
  • Don't let that Horse, Ode to Chagall, Group Exhibition, Art Lovers 1932, 25 June 2013. 
  • Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg 2013.
  • Art Lovers 1932 - Erotica group exhibition 19 Sept to 2 Oct.
  • Art Lovers 1932 - Mixed Media Duo exhibition with Johan van Staden in conjunction with Gordon Froud - Alice in Wonderland group exhibition, 3 Oct. to 16 Oct. 2013. 
  • The Alfred Mall Gallery, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, 2014.
  • Gallery On The Side Four Ways, Johannesburg, 2014
  • Pretoria Art Association members exhibition, 2016.
  • Annual Group Miniature Exhibition, Art Lovers 1932 Gallery, 2017.
  • Solo exhibition, Moments, Trent Gallery, Pretoria, 20 April 2018.
  • 'at Midnight'group exhibition, Johann van Heerden Art Gallery, Pretoria, 1 June 2018.
  • 'Spring' group exhibition, Art Lovers 1932, 13 September to 27 September 2018.
  • Solo exhibition, Moments, Johann van Heerden's Art gallery, Pretoria, 13 September to 22 September 2018.
  • Comic Con Africa 14,15,16 September 2018.
  • End year A5 Group Exhibition, Johann van Heerden Gallery, 1 December 2018.
  • 'Postcards from the edge' group exhibition, Johann van Heerden Gallery, 20 January to 18 February 2019.
  • Solo 'Characters & Concepts', Long Street Art Lovers 1932, 31 January to 12 February 2019.
  • 'Ophelia' group exhibition, Trent Gallery, 1 to 14 March 2019.
  • Language of Light: an exhibition of photography.   Long Street Art Lovers 1932, 14 March to 26 March 2019.
  • 'Magnificent Moving Machines' Group Exhibition 31 March to 14 April 2019. 
  • FanCon, Capetown, 27 -28 April 2019.
  • Solo 'Characters & Concepts', Johann van Heerden Gallery, 1 to 27 June 2019.
  • 'Landscapes of my childhood', Johann van Heerden Gallery, 14 July - 2 August 2019.
  • Comic Con Africa, 21 to 24 September 2019.  
  • 5th Ranetas VR Fest, Alcañiz (Spain,) 15 November to 1 December 2019.
  • Kinkelkuns exhibition, Eldoraigne, 28 November to 1 December 2019.
  • End Year Exhibition, Johann van Heerden Gallery 1 December 2019.
  • Anual 'Postcards from the Edge' Group Exhibition', Johann van Heerden Gallery, 12 January 2020.
  • '0202/2020' Palindrome Group Exhibition, ArtBox, Pretoria 02 February to 25 February 2020.
  • 'New Dimensions' Group Exhibition', curated by Benjamin Mitchley, Johann van Heerden Gallery, 28 June 2020.
  • 'Annual Winter Sale Group Exhibition', Johann van Heerden Gallery, 30 July 2020.
  • Artivive UN Peace Poster Exhibition, UN Secretariat Building, New York 2020.
  • Comic Con Africa Online 24-27 Sept 2020.
  • 'Winged Creatures' group exhibition, Johann van Heerden Gallery, October 2020.
  • '2020' end year group exhibition, Johann van Heerden Gallery, December 2020.
  • 'Postcards from the Edge', Johann van Heerden Gallery, January 2021.
  • 'Still Life Kudos Exhibition' Johann van Heerden Gallery, 7 February 2021.
  • The Rabbit's Foot Group Exhibition, Johann van Heerden Gallery, 11 April 2021.

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