André Clements, fine visual artist and keeps a day-job in a small but dynamic Johannesburg and UK based marketing agency One Thread Advertising. He has specialised in computational media technology and its application in fields ranging from online gaming to marketing, online CRM and and more. André runs regular life-drawing sessions from his home-studio and is the founder-organiser of the Johannesburg Arts Discursive, a community-of-interest that facilitates and supports rigorous theoretical and practical discourse around local artistic practice and development.
Since 2006, André’s artistic practice has developed in decidedly post-digital paradigm, making extensive use of digital photography and computational technology rooted in a sensitive and considered aesthetic language. He also creates and develops work in traditional media.
In June 2011 AndrÃ© collaborated with the London based artist Daniel Hirschmann in presenting the exhibition ‘Dencity’ at Resolution Gallery which due to the success of its two month run was extended for an additional four months at Arts on Main.
He realized his debut solo exhibition ‘Asthesia’ in October 2012 at Res Gallery.
Artworks by André have been acquired by prominent local private, corporate and public collections, including Liberty and SAFFCA, the Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art.
His work and writing has been featured in publications including SA ArtTimes, Beeld, ITs Art & Herri.
André currently assists organisations like Canon, Roche and others via One Thread, their advertising agency, with the strategic development and technical implementation of customer relations information management systems and processes. He was one of the artists selected to demonstrate the Galaxy Note hybrid smartphone/tablet by Samsung. AndrÃ© has been employed in a variety of managerial, developer, designer and learning facilitation positions in tertiary education, marketing and online gaming.
André has a BA degree having studied Information Design at the the Faculty of Arts, University of Pretoria. André dabbled in a number of modules of a Master of Business Administration at Regensys Business School during a spell of being employed as Acting Marketing Manager and IT Manager there. He has also studied widely for non-degree-purposes including degree level courses in industrial psychology and computer science including subjects like formal logic and discrete mathematics at UNISA, international courses in disciplines such as symbolic modelling, and a diploma in Assessment from Damelin.
“Andre was one of the most enthusiastic and dedicated designers and teachers I came across in the 6 years I spent in South Africa. He has a thirst for knowledge and commitment to creativity that are unparalleled. Any student would be lucky to have him as a teacher, any team as a colleague.”
Professor Nathaniel Stern, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
“Lecturer and mentor, André opened up a world of possibility for me through his excellent knowledge of the industry and teaching skills. He is someone that I looked up to in college, and still do. I still look to him for inspiration and even though I’m not his student anymore, I still see him as my mentor.”
Gary Meyer (Past student), Creative Director, Apula Design