Andre Stead

Andre Stead


 

 

 

 

Biography

Born in Evander, 1975. Lives and works in Cape Town. Andre attended the Pro Arte School of arts in Pretoria (1989 – 1993) where he majored in painting and graphics. He flourished at art from an early age and won various merits and awards, including work being selected for the Iscor Permanent Art Collection. Andre studied in several artistic disciplines including painting, sculpture, jewellery making, graphic and packaging design. In 1994 he moved to Cape Town where he trained in metal work (forging, welding and metallurgical theory) under the direction of John Allesandri. While working at the Doyle Art Foundry (1997-1998) he became familiar with the moulding and bronze casting process. During 2001 he started to work at the Bronze Age Art Foundry where he became efficient in all the various stages of the lost-wax casting process (cire perdue) over the next few years. Within three years he become a partner at the Bronze Age Art Foundry (2004 – 2007) and excelled in the production and business aspects of bronze sculpture. Andre played an integral part in the arranging and execution of various art exhibitions and trade shows. He worked with renowned artists such as Maureen Quin (friend and mentor), Keith Calder, Dylan Lewis, Donald Greig and Beezy Bailey, which helped refine his technical and artistic approach. To encourage bronze sculpturing as an art form he developed a foundry sculpture course, which taught students all the various aspects of bronze sculpture production. During 2007 Andre was commissioned to create nine large bronze relief panels to be laid into marble floors of the Burj Dubai Development in Dubai (tallest man-made structure in the world). He also assisted Maureen Quin on a four metre Arabian stallion, commissioned for the same development. In 2008 Stead created a series of figurative studies of the female form. In 2009 Stead showcased the Female series (realistic bronze figures) in two solo exhibitions in Cape Town and Johannesburg. During 2010 works from the female series were exhibited in various group shows in South Africa. In 2010 Stead started working on the Anamorphic series. He is currently working towards a solo exhibition for August 2011 in Franschhoek at IS ART gallery. His latest work focuses on pure form derived from the female figure and has already drawn significant attention from art dealers and collectors alike. Andre is also currently working on a large sculptural installation (Flight of the swallows) for the Indochine restaurant at The Delaire Graff Wine Estate in Stellenbosch.