Who we Are

Natasha Norman is a South African artist who completed her undergraduate and Masters degree in Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art. She has attended two residencies in Japan with MI-Lab’s Centre for the Science of Human Endeavour in Tokyo and Kawaguchiko, Japan.

She has recently started demonstrating Mokuhanga techniques in Cape Town and plans to host the first Mokuhanga workshop for South African artists in 2019. Her Mokuhanga works have been exhibited at the CfSHE gallery in Tokyo as well as in Cyprus and Hawaii as part of the Third International Mokuhanga Conference. She has lectured in drawing, printmedia, Art History, Art Theory and Visual Studies at UCT, Stellenbosch University, Rhodes University and the Stellenbosch Academy for Design and Photography and currently exhibits with Salon91 Gallery, Cape Town.

She has also has extensive knowledge of Western relief printmedia and runs an assisted artist retreat space at her studio in Muizenberg where she works with individual artists to develop works in print on her large format etching press. Natasha’s particular interest in art production extends to how artists working in other media, such as painting or sculpture, can approach printmaking as a renewable and inspirational part of their practice.

Oliver Hambsch is a printmaking artist from Cape Town. He studied Graphic Design at the Cape Technikon and has worked as a graphic designer, illustrator and art director in advertising and branding for over 15 years. He’s won several advertising awards and has had branding work published in the book Branding Element Logos (2011) by Sendpoints Books, as well as having had his illustration portfolio featured in Chew Magazine and several industry websites.

Having recently made the move to working as a freelancer, he decided to dedicate a significant amount of time to his career as an artist, and to move from digital art into a tangible, physical medium. Although trained in western printing mediums, particularly etchings and other intaglio print forms, Oliver’s interest in Japanese culture has lead him to study mokuhanga with Motoharu Asaka in Tokyo during a 3 month trip. Having studied Japanese for several years, he travels to Japan on a regular basis, and is planning to return soon to further study mokuhanga through a residency.

Currently Oliver is working as a resident artist at Intaglio Studio under the supervision of Judy Woodborne, and is planning to complete his postgraduate studies in fine art at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2019. He recently won second prize at the Rosendal miniature print competition

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