Tyrell Thaysen (1969).

Tyrell Thaysen is equally comfortable as a painter, sculptor and draughtsman. His work is predominantly preoccupied with the human figure, exploring how physical appearances are intricately intertwined with character and personality.

His nonchalant figures are imbued with an aura of sexuality, lust and euphoria – seemingly free from self-conscious constraint. Thaysen is fond of using unconventional, brightly coloured materials such as resin and fiberglass, reinforcing a prevailing mood of light-hearted amorousness.

 Born in Knysna, Thaysen is now living and working in Cape Town. He obtained a National Diploma in Fine Art from the University of Cape Town in 1993 and was a finalist in the Brett Kebble Awards in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Thaysen enjoyed residencies at Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, from 2004 to 2006 and the Vermont Studio Centre in Canada (2005). He was a recipient of the Montague White Bursary for Overseas Study in 2003 and has been involved in many workshops for Thupelo.

Thaysen has participated in over 18 group exhibitions, the latest being, Home is wherever I’m with you, Salon91, Cape Town, in 2014. Thaysen’s most recent of two solo exhibitions was held at the AVA Gallery, Cape Town, in 2006


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Enabling better futures through youth employment.

Almost two-thirds of South African youths are unemployed. Through founding and continuing to support the Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, Hollard is helping unemployed matriculants in disadvantaged areas to find sustainable employment.

We believe there is a better way to find employment for young South Africans.

Two out of every three South African youths are unemployed and our overall unemployment rate is the third highest in the world.  As distressing as these statistics are, the sadder truth is that behind them sit millions of smart, energetic young people with massive potential, who have dreams and goals but nowhere to put them.

Not only do their impoverished circumstances make it difficult to seek work, because they lack the funds for things like internet access and transport, but they are often also locked out of the economy because they lack the social networks so many people rely on to get their first jobs.



Enabling better futures through youth employment.

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