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November 14, 2017 Blog By: Christopher Steenkamp

I write and paint.




October 2, 2017 Blog By: Christopher Steenkamp

November 15, 2018 art, Blog By: Christopher Steenkamp

Today’s plan; reading one of Nabokov’s, perhaps in one sitting, and starting a new pilot. Starting doesn’t quite mean starting, I’ve beated the script out with the finest minds and simply need to transpose them scriptwards. We’ll sign off on the structure next week and I’ll go in on the dialogue.

As far as Lolita goes, well, I really should have read it already. Amis, a dear scribbling hero, tried his utmost to get me to this point and it’s time all the same.

On the intersection of the painting/screen writing life there’s little to say and a fuck load to do. I don’t quite know how it’s going to work, but I’ll be attempting it to a heftier degree. I’ve already painted for three hours today and it’s 10:30am. Three hours to each discipline a day seems enough… Interspersed with selected reading and watching. I don’t want these obsessions to be deadline driven, they are of course, but the main impetus can’t be a due date. A steady obsessive stream, process orientated, that sort of thing. The only real thing suffering in this equation is my hedonism. Sadly, there’s no room for hangovers and three day binges. Till last Thursday I hadn’t touched a drink for 2 months, openings and premieres, these will have to do for now, sober for the rest, for now that is.



August 5, 2018 Blog By: Christopher Steenkamp

August 2, 2018 Blog By: Christopher Steenkamp

August 2, 2018 Blog By: Christopher Steenkamp

Some  notes on a new series I’m toying with.

August 2, 2018 Blog By: Christopher Steenkamp

I post process/work stuff on instagram all the time.

August 2, 2018 Blog By: Christopher Steenkamp

First Group Show.

August 2, 2018 Blog By: Christopher Steenkamp

Some of my framed drawings at Priest Gallery.

August 2, 2018 Blog By: Christopher Steenkamp

I’ve always loved my wacom tablet, there’s something bizarre in contriving pixels to make them look like hand made lines. It’s not a substitute for the real thing, but it isn’t that far off either.

August 2, 2018 Blog By: Christopher Steenkamp

PRIEST Gallery Presents

Bad Men with Big


Christopher Steenkamp’s first Solo Exhibition
Opening on Thursday 2nd of August at 6 PM

as part of First Thursdays
142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Rosebank, JHB
(opposite the Goodman Gallery)

 Gallery Hours: Tue – Fri: 08h00 – 16h00 + Sat: 09h00 – 14h00

  Contact Priest Espressobar on 021 201 4777 or + for more info.


Bad Men with Big Chickens
by Christopher Steenkamp.

‘Bad Men with Big Chickens’ is a dystopian portrait, more specifically, a study of the personalities that people this dystopian world. The characters who comprise and fuel these brutal landscapes fascinate Steenkamp, Bad Men with Big Chickens is that fascination made manifest. The collection is a long-form interview with the ‘Bad Men’ and their insatiable obsession with resources (Big Chickens).

He is a dystopian mark maker exploring fictive hell raisers. 


The Artist:

Christopher Steenkamp left a career in art education to pursue stand up comedy and screenwriting but has always had an easel close to his desk. The last 8 years he’s written for Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola, The Bantu Hour, numerous Comedy Central productions and is currently a staff writer for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah’s foreign correspondent Loyiso Madinga. He co-wrote the film Wonder Boy for President. He consults constantly with many of South Africa’s top comedians. He has been nominated for an Emmy, won a SAFTA and has won, and been nominated, for The South African Comics’ Pen Award.

The freedom he finds in art making is exactly what screenwriting cannot offer. No industry guidelines, no ‘notes from the channel’ and no pitch meetings. The simplicity of creating without restraint or prescription continues to intoxicate him daily. It’s also reflected in his chaotic and layer obsessed process. He pursues mixed media on a myriad of mediums to indulge line’s ability to depict energetic compositions.

Christopher is an obsessive art maker, a perfect day consists of writing in the morning, painting and drawing all afternoon, while the evenings are for books and film.

August 2, 2018 art By: Christopher Steenkamp