Kylie Wentzel (b. 1993) continually explores new mediums as a means of resisting the constrictions of formal art training, with her distinctive, bold graphic style largely informed by her love of linocut – both the medium itself and its idiosyncrasies within the South African art historical context. Her work bears what the artist calls “remnants” of this influence, which she explains are evident in the “distinctive borders and using them to contribute to the narrative, mark-making, combining picture and text, [and] black and white bold graphics”. Her aesthetic is intentionally loose and naïve, with a sense of raw immediacy that is also apparent in her subject matter: She is inspired by her surrounding environments – both natural or urban – and the creatures, objects, smells and scribbles that inhabit, adorn and mark these spaces.
Since her graduation in 2015, Wentzel has held a solo show at Joburg’s Kalashnikovv Gallery and participated in group exhibitions and prominent art fairs across South Africa. She also apprenticed at Warren Editions to receive training in relief and intaglio printmaking techniques.