OUR MAN IN CAPE TOWN
South African-Canadian artist Ben Johnston takes us to his favourite spots.
1 YOURS TRULY ON
This is my buddy Daniel’s bar. The space brings the outdoors in with plants and trees everywhere, and it’s a great place to get a Cape Town beer like Citizen. This location is also beside a backpackers’ lodge, so it creates a cool vibe with both out-of-towners and locals who are into surfing and skateboarding.
2 BETA BEACH /
People will often head to this beach to lounge in the sand or play volleyball after work. I like it because it’s hidden, and though the water may be cold, it’s crystalclear blue. You can swim between big boulders near the shore, tan and enjoy a great view of Lion’s Head mountain.
3 THE OLD BISCUIT MILL
On Saturday mornings, we go to this market for brunch and sit on the hay bales out front drinking mojitos from the makeshift cocktail bar. Walk through the food stalls on one side of the indoor-outdoor complex, then check out the selection of up-and-coming South African makers, like jewellery designer Famke, on the other side.
4 SALON NINETY ONE
This is a little contemporary gallery where you can discover new artists – owner Monique du Preez is good at finding unique people.
I’ve shown my own work in a typographic exhibition, including a laser-cut wood skateboard and watercolour prints. Recently, I saw Linsey Levendall’s intricate and graphic paintings – he’s another South African artist who’s now living in Canada.