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Power of art: load-shedding inspires artist’s big win


Power of art: load-shedding inspires artist’s big win

Student Patrick Rulore's depiction of his family during power cuts bags top prize in national competition

Diane de Beer

Inspired by load-shedding, Pretoria student Patrick Rulore walked away as the national winner of a competition for new artists for a painting depicting his family laughing and chatting during an electricity outage at their home.

Rulore, 24, said the canvas, Stage 4 moments, was meant “to teach people to turn unfavourable circumstances into a positive experience”. He won the 2019 Sasol New Signatures Art Competition at the Pretoria Art Museum on Wednesday night.

“It was part of my family’s experience which gave me more insight into how to execute it the way I did,” said the Tshwane University of Technology arts student who won R100,000 and a solo exhibition...

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