Rust-en-Vrede Gallery

Portrait Award 2023 Results

  • 1st Prize Winner: André Serfontein
  • 2nd Prize Winner: Willem Pretorius
  • 3rd Prize Winner: Leanne Olivier
  • The CoArt and Blue Cactus Residency Prize: Ada-Ruth Kellow
  • Ryno Swart Drawing Medal: Themba Mkhangeli
  • The Emerging Artist Award: Francois du Toit (Tutoring with Andrew James of the UK Royal Portrait Society)
  • Pencafé Art Hamper: Christelle du Plessis
  • PrimeArt Hamper: Veronica Reid

The Judges


Paul Emsley was born in Glasgow in 1947. His parents emigrated to South Africa where he grew up. In 1996 he returned to Britain. He now lives and works near Bristol. He is represented by the Redfern Gallery of Cork Street, London. He has won numerous awards including the BP Portrait Award 2007. He has painted Sir V. S. Naipaul for the National Portrait Gallery. His portrait of Nelson Mandela is in the collection of The Nelson Mandela Foundation, Johannesburg. In 2012 he was commissioned by The National Portrait Gallery to paint the first official portrait of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.

Dr. Elizabeth Gunter

Elizabeth Gunter studied at Stellenbosch University, where she graduated with a BA degree in Fine Arts (Educationis). She obtained Honours (1980) and Masters (1984) degrees in Fine Arts and a PhD degree in Visual Arts (2011) from the same university. She has lectured art at various institutions. Currently, she facilitates Drawing at the Visual Arts Department of Stellenbosch University, from where she retired at the end of 2022.


Rose Kirumira is an associate Professor at the School of Industrial and Fine Arts, Makerere University, Uganda. She is a sculptor, an educator and a mentor. Rose holds a PhD in Art Education from Makerere University with vast knowledge about African artist’s workshops and residencies. She is Internationally recognized and a widely exhibited Ugandan female sculptor.

Top 40 Digital Catalogue