Deep Discomfort

  • year: 2007
  • artist: Sharde Danielle Roux
  • price: $1000
  • medium: Oil on board
  • size: 49 1/2 x 33 1/2

Strokes of Genius was conceived to realize the potential inherent to the untapped arts and culture economic sector. South Africa has a wealth of artistic talent and we need to harness this talent and produce more world class artists from an early age. Art has the potential to drive and develop a “new economy” and the Shoprite Checkers supermarket group has recognized this potential as it will create jobs and contribute to competitiveness that will ultimately drive the Cultural Industries. We will become a global player in this sector as culture creates wealth and wealth contributes to the gross domestic product.

The Shoprite Checkers Strokes of Genius project – a project for the development of fine arts and crafts from Africa, presented in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture and the Department of Trade and Industry, provides artists and craft workers with the opportunity to gain recognition for their talent by exposing their work to local and international buyers through a visual online gallery.

The Strokes of Genius project first launched in 2007 with a focus on the promotion of emerging painters. The best artworks from emerging artists who submitted their paintings online were auctioned off at an auction in November 2007. Fifteen young artists successfully sold their works, with two artworks fetching R30 000 each – the highest closing bid for emerging artists. These were Rainbow Nation, an acrylic portrait by 35-year-old Bloemfontein artists Victor Geduldt; and Angel, an oil portrait by 23-year-old Hermanus artist Wayne Wyngaard. Through the recognition gained from their involvement with Strokes of Genius these two artists have gone on to become successful public artists in their own right, exhibiting their works, on invitation, in well-known South African galleries and art events.

In 2009 the Strokes of Genius project expanded its focus to include the promotion of not only art, but also fine crafts from across Africa. Discerning collectors can now, in addition to the superb collection of paintings from emerging artists already hosted in online paintings gallery, be able browse through the craft shops section for a variety of craft products such as smoke-fired pottery, leather products, ceramics, decorative lamshades, beadwork, mosaics, wire and wood sculptures and other traditional African craftware and much more.

As part of its commitment to promote the development of art and culture amongst young people, the Shoprite Checkers Strokes of Genius project will launch an art competition for secondary schools in May 2009. Winners of the competition will receive a contribution towards futhering their art studies, as well as a contribution towards the development of their schools’ art programmes.

The Strokes of Genius project aims to empower people through the visual arts, promote new entrants and identify latent talent, and help those lacking in expertise and experience to bring their works to market.


  1. kim gordon
    Posted February 2, 2011 at 8:45 am | #

    Hello. I am interested in purchasing this painting. Thank you so much!


    • Fenghua
      Posted November 20, 2011 at 5:57 pm | #

      Kim, sorry that I missed your post. If you are still interested, please email me at worldart999@gmail.com. Thanks. Feng from theworldartgallery.com

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