What happens when two vastly different art styles collide? You only have to take one look at Kilmany-Jo Liversage’s work to see that it is pure magic. Liversage finally returned to South Africa after spending several years focusing on international projects including the 2013 Venice Biennale. Famous for combining traditional portraiture and Urban Art, she manages to present classic fine art in a distinctly modern package. Urban Art, often referred to as street art, includes spray painted graffiti and stencilling. Layering traditional portraits over this and thus combining these two distinct styles allows Liversage to speak to a new generation. ‘During the Machine Age, artists would reduce their compositions to its smallest constituent parts. With the paintings in Obversa714, I manufactured this deconstruction by combining the painting tradition of portraiture with idiosyncrasies from the urban culture of tagging. This enabled me to explore the intersection between street art and fine art while reconstructing them into a new genre of portraiture,’ she says. The exhibition, entitled Obversa714, is her first solo showing since her return and will take place simultaneously in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The Cape Town exhibition opens at Worldart, 54 Church Street, Cape Town on 3 July 2014. The Johannesburg exhibition takes place at Lizamore & Associates, 155 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood. Both exhibitions end on 5 August 2014. For more information, visit worldart.co.za or lizamore.co.za.