Kimberley Gundle was born in Johannesburg but has lived and worked in London since completing her Postgraduate at The Slade School of Art London (1990), following a BA in Fine Art from Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town. Kimberley’s practice has always been concerned with the human condition, and she works instinctively in mixed media, drawing, painting, printing, ceramics and bronze.
Her current work focuses on the Maasai tribes of East Africa. She first experienced the bold, adorned beauty of the Maasai people on a hike across the Great Rift Valley in 2009. She was captivated by their vibrant colours and ornate beadwork contrasting with the parched landscape which they seemed to drift across. Kimberley has returned several times to stay with these communities in remote settlements, recording their culture and tradition which is slowly being eroded by the changing world. She makes sketches and takes photographs which lay foundation to her vibrant and sensitive studio work.
Recent selected presentations include Encounters A&D Gallery, London, England, (2018) Heads of Society, German Ambassador’s Residence, London, England (2017) and Solo, Candice Berman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa (2016); group exhibitions Personal Structures Open Boarders, Venice Biennale, Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy (2017), The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London, England (2016); Crossing Boarders, Venice Biennale, Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy (2015); SCOPE International Art Show, Basel, Switzerland (2016); FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa (2015) and Culture Mind Becoming, Venice Biennale (2013).
She always returns a percentage from the sale of her work to the communities that have inspired her. She has recently completed funding a water project bringing fresh water to 5000 people in the Ololosokwan community in Tanzania.