Fiona Goldthorpe (b. 1974) is a self-taught artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Born in the United Kingdom, Fiona graduated from the University of Johannesburg in 1994 with a National Diploma in Graphic Design. It was during this period she developed a passion for the arts in general and started to explore Fine Art.
“I strive to push the limits of realism using both charcoal and graphite. I love these mediums for the drama and contrast I am able to create. For me it is important to feel constantly challenged. My aim is to capture the subject in an immersive, close-up way so that one is able to stare into the soul of that person/animal. I believe the emotional connection is so much greater that way.
My collection is inspired by the great faces and animals of the African continent. Faces etched like maps to an Africa that exists in a timeless world, capturing the ageless ceremony, dignity and passion of that character - be it an animal or person. Just like the medium I use depicts contrasts, so too is the core of my subject matter. Beauty and grit, strength and humility, power and vulnerability...”
Fiona’s have been featured in both local (’Destiny’ magazine, ’The South African Artist’) and international (’Chasses Internationales’) publications.
• March 2019, her first piece entitled “Farai” was entered into the Sanlam National Portrait Awards (South Africa) and was awarded one of the Top 40 Finalists, exhibited at the Rust-en-Vrede Gallery in Durbanville.
• February of 2020 selected by Hansford & Sons Fine Art of London as one of a handful of global emerging artists on their ‘Emerging Artist Platform’.
• May 2020, signed to the Warren Cary Wildlife Gallery in Hoedspruit, South Africa.
• September 2020, became a founding member of The Drawing Guild of South Africa – which showcases artwork from some of the top dry-media artists in the country. Fiona is on the judging panel for ongoing exhibitions/awards.
• 22-24 October 2020 - Exhibited at ‘The Degrees of Realism’ art exhibition in Nelspruit with The Drawing Guild of South Africa, in collaboration with Weylandts.
• September 2021 - Top 40 Finalist for ‘Agnes’ - National Portrait Awards, exhibited at the Rust-en-Vrede Gallery in Durbanville and the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch for the “Portrait 100” exhibition.
• June 2022, signed to the Lisa King Gallery/Artrader in Cape Town, South Africa.
• 18 Aug - 29 Sept 2022 - Selected to showcase her piece ‘Agnes’ at the First Thursdays Ten Year Anniversary Exhibition ‘Together’ at the AVA (Assosciation for the Visual Arts) Gallery in Cape Town.
• 1 March 2023 - Chosen by Fila South Africa to be their Brand Ambassador for LYRA Germany and Canson in South Africa.