Sapphire I, 2018

Limited edition

Giclée print on 100% cotton fine art paper
Available in 2 sizes:
84,1 cm x 56,3 cm
119 cm x 79,3 cm
Edition of 10 plus 2 artist's proofs
Series: A seat at the table

CM H 84.1 W 56.3

IN H 33.11 W 22.17

Sapphire I, 2018

This series developed into an exploration of the aesthetics of vitiligo in contrast to the idealised perceptions of beauty. It began as an interest to capture something not conventionally perceived as "beauty”.

Dingwall began this project with the portraits of Moostapha Saidi. Dingwall’s intention is for the images to become a celebration of beauty in difference. “They are not about race or fashion, but about perception, and what we subjectively perceive as beautiful. I wanted to create a series of images that resonate with humanity and make people question what is beautiful”. Dingwall’s interest lies in the unique and the different. “To me diversity is what makes humanity interesting and beautiful”.
Dingwall has foregrounded certain elements in his work. These symbols have inspired his perceptions as an artist, and are significant in his intention to affect the viewers’ perspective.

Justin Dingwall

“I do what I do for the love of new experiences. My imagery is not bound by language or culture. I want my work to speak for itself and for people to interpret it in their own way. I want people to be affected by my images... As long as someone is feeling something, I am achieving my goals.”

Justin Dingwall (b. 1983) is a successful Johannesburg-based artistic photographer. He achieved a Baccalaureus Technologies in Photography Cum Laude from the Tshwane University of Technology in 2004. Dingwall has exhibited extensively both locally in South Africa and Internationally. He has been selected for various awards including, SA Taxi Foundation Art Award 2015, Sasol New Signatures 2014, and IPA – int’l photography awards 2013.

The artist creates images that resonate with emotion and challenges traditional notions of beauty. His works leans towards the unusual, and avenues less travelled with cultural undertones.


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Founded in 2003 by Jutta and Joachim Melchers, ARTCO evolved from an art agency into a gallery in 2005. Based in Aachen, Germany, ARTCO Gallery is situated in the heart of Europe, close to Cologne and Düsseldorf, and bordering Belgium and the Netherlands.

The gallery represents a selection of local and international artists with a particular interest in painting and photography. ARTCO's main focus is the presentation of established and emerging artists with an African background.

The gallery participates in a number of international fairs, seeking to bring art from the African continent to the widest possible audience. In addition to its programme of solo shows and group exhibitions, ARTCO Gallery publishes art books, catalogues and printed matter.

ARTCO Project Space Berlin

Wassertorstraße 62
10969 Berlin

Opening hours during exhibitions:
Tuesday - Friday: 11.00 - 18.00
Saturday: 11.00 - 17.00

ARTCO Studio Space Cape Town
East Side Studios
20 Brickfield Road, Salt River
Cape Town
South Africa

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