Artist: Anton Kannemeyer

Title: Dead Oak

Medium: Screen print on 100% archival paper (BFK Rives 250gsm)

Paper size: 560x600mm

Edition size: Limited edition of 40


Numbered and signed by the artist. Hand-printed by Black River Studio in Cape Town, South Africa.


Please note all prints are sold unframed.

Anton Kannemeyer - 'Dead Oak'

SKU: BRS0005
€550.00 Regular Price
€467.50Sale Price
  • Anton Kannemeyer is controversial. The zeal of preaching a new doctrine, complete with its own style, codes and insider jokes comes through in all of his work. Kannemeyer's religion is the comic. Kannemeyer's language is satire.

    Anton Kannemeyer is a co-founder of Bitterkomix and is where "Joe Dog", his pseudonym was first used. Aided and abetted by Conrad Botes (Konradski), he has displayed a Duchamp-like ability to manipulate the media by generating controversy, in a full frontal assault on the Afrikaner cultural mainstream. For Kannemeyer, it has been a concerted campaign of revenge against the hated authority figures of his boyhood, his father, 'Barries' who caned him, and all the headmasters, priests, policemen and rugger buggers who in one way or another attempted to indoctrinate, punish and belittle him. His intensely personal response to the humiliations of his boyhood has since radiated out into a broader psychosexual, socio-historical critique of Afrikaner culture and South African society in general. (Extract adapted from Andy Mason, The Big Bad Bitterkomix Handbook, published by Jacana, 2006).

    In the prints that Anton Kannemeyer has done at The Artists' Press, he has cast his gaze across many metaphorical landscapes. Images from his Alphabet of Democracy series have appeared regularly over the years. The first were done in 2005, J is for Jack Russell and D is for Dancing Ministers. The initial reference is to childhood primers and illustrated alphabets, Letterland gets political. The text on the prints reflects his obsession with hand done typography and the style of the prints recalls his earlier silk-screens with the backgrounds of flat colour. The appealing primer like text is deceptive; on closer inspection, the images are not so innocent.