Chris Soal (b. 1994, South Africa) is an award-winning, emerging artist living and practicing in Johannesburg. Using unconventional found objects, such as toothpicks and bottle caps, in conjunction with tar and other industrial materials, Soal negotiates structural impacts on urban living and reflects on ecological concerns.
Soal’s spatial approach to sculpture reveals a sensitivity to texture, light and form, expressed in an abstract minimalist language. While, conceptually, his works refer to the socio-political context of their making, highlighting the histories embedded in the found material, and utilising them in a way that challenges societal assumptions of value.
In 2017, Soal graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts (Hons) at the University of Witwatersrand. He was awarded the PPC Imaginarium Award in 2018, alongside being named the
winner of the Sculpture category. He has been awarded residencies by the South African Foundation of Contemporary Art, taking place in Knysna, South Africa, and also by the RAW Material Company in Dakar, Senegal. He has exhibited in group shows at institutions such as Aeroplastics Contemporary in Brussels (2017), Wits Art Museum (2017) and Stellenbosch University Museum (2018), and had his first solo exhibition, Orbits of Relating at No End Contemporary in Johannesburg in 2018. He has most recently been a featured artist at GONG LAUT: The First Singaraja International Art Forum in Bali, Indonesia.
Chris Soal’s work has been included in many notable private and public collections, both locally and internationally.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
|2019||Field of Vision - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town|
|TOMORROWS/TODAY, Solo Section at Investec Cape Ton Art Fair, Cape Town|
|2018||Orbits of Relating, No End Contemporary Art Space, Johannesburg|
Selected Group Exhibitions
|Germination, RAW Material Company, Partcours festival, Dakar, Senegal|
|Forward? Forward! Forward..., Stellenbosch University Museum, Stellenbosch|
|Beyond Troubled Water(s), GONG LAUT: The First Singaraja International Art Forum, Bali, Indonesia|
|Fresh Voices: Emerging Talent from SA, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, Guns and Rain Gallery, Johannesburg.|
|2017||NEWWORK 2017, Wits School of Arts Grad Show, Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg.|
|Washington186 Inaugural Exhibition, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels, Belgium|
|All the Voices, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria|
|Wits Young Artist Award Exhibition, The Point of Order, Johannesburg|
|Taxi Art Foundation Award Top 30 Exhibition, Lizamore and Associates Gallery, Johannesburg|
|What’s in it for you?, No End Contemporary Art Space, Johannesburg.|
|undermine – a collaborative group occupation, The Point of Order, Johannesburg|
|2016||Future Forecast – The Emancipation of Imagination, Galerie NOKO, PE|
|#ULTRACONTEMPORARY#EMERGENCYART#AFRICA, MOAD – Museum of African Design, Johannesburg|
|Cool Capital Sculpture Biennale - Saadjies, Pretoria, London, Amsterdam, Brussels & Utrecht|
|MustRise, artEC (EPSAC), Port Elizabeth & Grahamstown National Arts Festival|
|2015||Activate/Captivate: Collections re-engagement, Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg|
PPC Imaginarium Award, (Overall) Winner, 2018
PPC Imaginarium Award, Winner of the Sculpture category, 2018