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Saturday, February 20, 2016


(Artist John Pace and his winning work “After the Match”)

The Sanlam Portrait Award Top 40 Exhibition is currently running at the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA). The exhibition, which celebrates and showcases some of the best original portraiture in South Africa, includes the R100,000 prize-winning portrait, After the Match by artist John Pace and 39 of the top entries to the Sanlam Portrait Award.

“After the success of the Cape Town and Johannesburg exhibitions where many of the portraits were sold, we are excited for the exhibition to be showcased in Durban,” says Stefan Hundt, head of Sanlam Private Wealth’s Art Advisory Service and curator of the Sanlam Art Collection.

It was KwaZulu-Natal artist Heather Gourlay-Conyngham that walked off with the top prize in the first Sanlam Portrait Award, held in 2013, for her nude male portrait entitled A Young Man (177 x 80cm, oil on canvas).

Following the Durban exhibition the Top 40 portraits, under the auspices of the Sanlam Art Collection, will tour around the country.

The Sanlam Portrait Award Top 40 Exhibition runs until March 6 t the KZNSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban. For more information on the collection contact:Stefan Hundt, Curator Sanlam Art Collection on 083 457 2699 or 021 947 3359 or email: