Fiona Goldthorpe
Fiona Goldthorpe
I was born in 1974 in West Yorkshire, UK. I moved to Johannesburg, South Africa with my family in 1986. I have always shared a passion for the arts for many years but settled for a career in the graphic design industry.

Studied: 1992-1994 Technikon Witwatersrand. Department of Graphic Design (Johannesburg). Graduated with National Diploma.

Since 1995, I have been working as a graphic designer. My work has earned me the Sappi Award for Best Packaging Student, South Africa and the Gold Propak Award for Packaging Students in  South Africa overall in 2005.

My art has been commissioned by a number of organisations, including the Red Cross for whom I designed a number of Christmas cards.

Currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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I have a need to communicate pictorially rather than with words. I try to push the limits of realism in what is in essence a very restricted technique - charcoal. I love this medium for the drama and contrasts I am able to create. For me it is important to feel constantly challenged. Simply imitating reality isn't my primary goal. I feel I've successfully communicated with someone when they identify with the essence of a particular piece on a deeper level, and it brings about new thoughts or evokes certain emotions within them.

My current collection is inspired by the great faces of the African continent, more particularly the ebony elegance of the women. Aged faces etched like maps to the world. Just like the medium I use depicts contrasts, so too is the core of my subject matter. Beauty and grit... proud yet haunted. I hope you will enjoy my vision of Africa.