I recently spotted these massive portraits at the The Observatory Festival & Village of Arts Launch and was instantly struck by their street-meets-high art appeal - one which can become a little forced and tired, but in this case, for me, makes a really winning combination. The artist’s name is Kilmany-Jo Liversage and her first solo exhibition is coming up at Erdmann Contemporary in Cape Town early next month.

Sugar girl, Acrylic paint & aerosol spray on canvas, 100 x 150 cm, 2010

Here is the exhibition information:

ERDMANNCONTEMPORARY is pleased to announce a first solo exhibition at our gallery for Kilmany-Jo Liversage.

ORDA is a reference to graffiti street tagging as well as
Liversage’s appeal for structure and order in her work.

Liversage works in a variety of media including painting and mixed media. She is particularly known for her folded silk ribbons and steel pin
installations. It comes as no surprise that she had been commissioned
by the World Aids Campaign to produce a major
campaign artwork for them. This work was exhibited at the global
conference on Aids which was hosted in Vienna during July 2010. Liversage’s art focuses on issues such as HIV, Aids and TB, with the skull becoming a recurring symbol in her work.
Liversage also uses graffiti in her work. Something she started after a visit to Colombia a few years ago. Graffiti unlocked the mysteries of the country and its people; I learned a lot about Colombia by looking at the graffiti. It is an exciting, raw,
authentic and free form of expression

Liversage is an award winning artist who has been included in several group exhibitions both locally and abroad.

For more of her work, check out her flickr photostream.