- The book In good company, by local artist Marc-Gregory, presents 32 prolific South Africans who have reached extraordinary greatness.
- Personalities featured in the book include Ayanda Thabethe, Pearl Thusi, J’Something, Gert-Johan Coetzee, Maps Maponyane, Minnie Dlamini-Jones.
- Additionally, In Good Company, the exhibit is now on display in Sandton City, where a selection of over 40 works of art can be viewed.
At a time when South Africans need more than anything to be optimistic about the future, a new collection of visual art celebrating our culture of greatness provides just that.
In Good Company, the book by local artist Marc-Gregory and made possible by Old Mutual Insure, featuring 32 prolific South Africans who have achieved extraordinary greatness, will now be available in bookstores and online.
The timeless book features over 100 works of art inspiring hope, strength and courage in South Africans with powerful and visceral visual art. Personalities featured in the book include Ayanda Thabethe, Pearl Thusi, J’Something, Gert-Johan Coetzee, Maps Maponyane, Minnie Dlamini-Jones, Master KG, Thapelo Mokoena, Siba Mtongana, Catherine Constantinides and others. The book opens with a preface by Professor Thuli Madonsela, who is also in the Fine Arts Collection.
From musicians to mavericks, from humanitarians to health heroes, from musicians to conductors, our country is full of talented people who have achieved remarkable feats in all walks of life. By honoring South Africa’s culture of grandeur, In good company, the book, shares the exceptional perspectives and amazing stories of some of our country’s greatest talents, both through visual iconography cleverly integrated with the fine art and short stories conveying what can be learned from these unique people.
Leafing through the book, one will discover how, for example, Maponyane overcame his childhood stuttering and became a distinguished speaker, how Jeremy Loops connects to his creative flow, or how Siba Mtongana sees optimism as the secret ingredient. of its culinary creations. One can only wonder how Khuli Chana regained her personal power after a near-fatal accident or how Farah Fortune went from a struggling single mother to being named Africa’s most influential woman in the media. Learn about Pearl Thusi’s mental model of success, how Boity learned patience, how Siv Ngesi believes in strength in vulnerability and more.
As an additional experience, many works of art come to life using an augmented reality smartphone app. This allows you to enjoy the selected images with a new dimension.
Describing himself as a ‘visual alchemist’ Marc-Gregory spent two years creating the collection, bringing together South Africans from different walks of life who have achieved incredible achievements and those whose stories have the potential to inspire others to pursue. their own potential. While they all share traits of authenticity, clarity of mind, and dedication to their success, there are many stories that will pleasantly surprise you. Many have been awarded prizes for the greatness they have achieved. Many are current, relevant and recognizable to South Africans. They all have inspiring stories to share. And, as the title of the book suggests, they are good company.
“When I embarked on this journey two years ago, I had no idea how much magic, creativity and dexterity were waiting to be explored. I have learned so much from these accomplished people and I hope that this collection will inspire all South Africans to follow their dreams and recognize the greatness they see in each other. ”
“In addition, I hope to make a significant contribution to the Reach for a Dream Foundation which does such impactful work in this regard with children,” says Marc-Gregory.
In Good Company, the book is powered by Old Mutual Insure, in partnership with Reach for a Dream. All proceeds from the book will be used to support children with life-threatening illnesses. Additionally, In Good Company, the exhibit is now on display in Sandton City, where a selection of over 40 works of art can be viewed, along with an online audio guide. Some rooms come to life thanks to augmented reality.