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Friday, June 17, 2016


(“brainwashed” by Sabastien Pillay & “Muse” by Rob Mills)

The African Art Centre is currently hosting a joint exhibition by Rob Mills and Sabastien Pillay.

These local artists were jointly awarded 1st prize under the Fine Art category at the Interpret Durban 6 ID6) competition held in December 2015. The awardees were additionally offered an opportunity to showcase their talents at the African Art Centre through an art exhibition.

Pillay and Mills present a body of work comprising hand-drawn illustrations and digital prints. In keeping with the Centre’s mission to provide an outlet of exposure, sale and dispatch of innovative work, this partnership with ID6 celebrates a well-rendered merging of digital design and fine art.

Jonas Barause, the co-ordinator of Interpret Durban, describes the ID6 process: "Interpret Durban is an annual mixed medium art contest that has been held in the city since 2010. Interpret Durban 6 (ID6 for short) was held in 2015 and saw creatives from all across the province participate in the contest and producing some outstanding work. Of the four categories of ID6, the Visual Art Category has always been a firm favourite being the most open in terms of accessibility. With outstanding prizes up for grabs there was more than enough bait to entice the cities’ creatives into the fray and the result of a long and arduous judging process saw two works emerge tied for 1st place. A first in the contests' history! "

Rob Mills is a graphic design freelancer and lecturer at Vega/Design School Southern Africa with a Master’s Degree in Digital Arts from Wits. Mills’ style leans towards minimalist design, while incorporating hand-drawn line work, 3D rendering and photo manipulation.

“This exhibition is a personal observation and documentation of the street scene and characters in Durban, an interpretation of the fusion of culture, character, fashion, religion, vibe that is unfolding in our unique city. I spent time wandering the streets, capturing images of people as they passed by or stopped them for conversation and posed photographs,” says Mills.

Sabastien Pillay is currently studying Graphic Design at the Durban University of Technology and is also an illustrator at the Y2K Design Studio. He has titled his exhibition pieces as Preservation which makes reference to the extinction of wildlife and the need to protect it. This young designer states: “This exhibition depicts the struggle and pain of nature through the medium of predominantly inks done in a doodle style. The artworks are based on the consciousness of modern day people, the lack of appreciation and the struggles we are faced with.”

Both Mills and Pillay have explored their themes in unique ways, resulting in a multi-layered and substantive body of work.

The exhibition runs until July 2. The African Art Centre is situated at 94 Florida Road, Morningside. More information on 031 312 3805 or email or visit