As South African artist and instigator, previously working under the moniker of ‘skullboy’ between 2006 and 2017, Louis de Villiers currently lives and works in New York city.

He is represented by Kalashnikovv Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa.



The Preoccupied Lives Of Islands


Kalashnikovv Gallery,
Johannesburg
2017


By creating an isolated jungle utopia, de Villiers illustratea how online life can and does separate us from one another. Despite the subjects lush surroundings, they are still engrossed by an online existence – as they delve further into their devices, they become less interested in the community surrounding them and more so in the conceptual community of the Globe.




Black
Ongoing Series
2016-Present



An ongoing series of ‘verses’and cyphers.



Crash The Banquet


Superchief Gallery,
Brooklyn
2017

Acting in his full capacity as a heterosexual, white, immigrant Male, de Villiers appropriates and gentrifies a 100-year-old insitution.



You & Me


The Kwazulu Natal Society of the Arts (National Gallery),
Durban

2012
*TOP TEN FINALIST: ABSA L’Atelier Art Prize 2013
*Also on view at Design Indaba Emerging Creatives 2013

Between June and December 2011, skullboy collected the stories of anonymous participants’ sexual debuts - the circumstances, scenarios, emotions, celebrations and tragedies of how they came to lose their virginity’s. This was done via small forms left with drop boxes in clubs and bathroom stalls, focussing on the +- 16 to 35 alternative crowd who would most likely frequent the clubs surveyed. ‘You&Me’ is a revised collection of 100 stories from anonymous participants about their ‘first times’. From the 300+ collected accounts, 100 have been chosen and rendered as 100 small artworks.




The Lost Supper

Toffie Pop Festival,
Cape Town
2013
*TOP 100 ARTWORKS EXHIBITION: ABSA L’Atelier Art Prize 2013

In 2012, I was invited to take part in a Food Table exhibition as part of the now defunct, Toffie Pop Culture Festival. This artwork was displayed on a metal trestle table and was accompanied by a 5l ‘Papsak’ of Tassenberg red wine and sliced white bread (entitled, ‘Bergie Communion’)






The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Nkandla

Durban Art Gallery, City Hall
Durban
2014

Artwork created for Looking FORward: Our Lives In 2034 group show. This artwork speculated a future wherein Nkandla seceded to form it’s own ‘Pilot State’ - one that lived independently of South Africa but still lived off it’s resources. Less a ‘pilot’, more a ‘parasite’.