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Cornerstore at Sunset, Albertinia


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House with Red Roof at Sunset, Albertinia


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Cottage With Yellow Landrover and 'Windpomp' Sutherland


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Cottage With Green Shutters and Cypress, Aberdeen


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Streetscene with Brown Car at Dusk, Aberdeen


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Karoo Landscape with Road I


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Karoo Landscape with Road II


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Victorian House, Richmond


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Alta's Cottage, Prince Albert


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Autumn Street Scene, Richmond


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Green House on Streetcorner, Merweville


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Artist's Statement

I like to call my landscapes "housescapes", because most often they represent typical Platteland houses, sometimes derelict, often with the shutters closed, always without people. I seldom paint landscapes without some building or man-made structure becoming the main focus of the painting. I have a definite preference for street corners, on the one hand, and the drama of the disappearing road is often enhanced with large projected shadows in the foreground. On the other hand, I also find the classical compositions that result from representing a building or other subject "head-on" very rewarding. On this exhibition there are small works that display both preferences, and two larger "housescapes" likewise. The two works "Karoo Landscape with road I and II" are exceptional in that the only man-made presence in them is that of the tarmac. Again, by way of contrast, one is a frontal view parallel to the road, the other with a road leading diagonally inward towards the horizon.

Biography:

Born 1969, Durban, South Africa.
Graduated cum laude with a BA Fine Art from the University of Stellenbosch in 1990.
Awarded Edrich Prize at graduation.
Advanced Diploma in Fine Art (painting) from the Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT) in 1991.
MA in Fine Art from the University of Stellenbosch in 1996.
Lectured in Painting and Drawing at the University of Stellenbosch and various private institutions 1994-1996.
Five month study trip to Europe on grant, including postgraduate studies at the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Dresden, Germany, 1998.
Currently works as full-time artist in Piketberg, West Coast.

Selected Exhibitions

"Home Sweet Home" group exhibition curated by Leon Strydom, Strydom Gallery, George, April 2006
"WOMEN" group exhibition curated by Carol Lee, Upstairs at the Bamboo, March 2006
"Perfect Portrait" group exhibition, art.b Gallery, SAAA, Bellville, December 2005
Solo exhibition, AVA (Association of Visual Arts), Cape Town, November 2005
"Looking at Landscape", curated by Rose Korber, La Provence Gallery, Franschoek, November 2005
"OPPITAFEL IV Miniatures" group show, Artspace, Johannesburg, November 2005
Summer group exhibition, Rust 'n Vrede Gallery, Durbanville, 2005
Annual Sasol Art Exhibition, group show curated by Teresa Lisamore, November 2005
"37th Annual Summer Exhibition", Strydom Gallery, George, November 2005
Group exhibition, curated by Clare Menck, Hugo Naude Gallery, SAAA, Worcester, November 2005
ABSOLUT Annual Fundraiser at the AVA, Oktober 2002-5
Various group exhibitions, Everards Read Gallery, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, 2000-2005
Various group exhibitions, Johans Borman Gallery, Cape Town, 2002-5
"Dawid's Choice" group exhibition curated by Dawid Ras, Vishuis Museum, Volksblad Art Festival, Bloemfontein, July 2005
"Cape Artists" group exhibition curated by Carol Lee, Upstairs at the Bamboo, July 2005
Group exhibition curated by Dawid Ras, Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudsthoorn, April 2005
"Serendipity" group exhibition curated by Theo Kleynhans, Dorpstreet Gallery, Stellenbosch, February 2005
"5 Women", 5 concurrent solo exhibitions Everard Read Galery, Rosebank, Johannesburg, January 2005
"36th Annual Summer Exhibition", Strydom Gallery, George, November 2004
"Miniatures: 150x120mm" Rust 'n Vrede Gallery, November 2004
"2010" group exhibition curated by Chris Koch, Cape Festival, Pentech, October 2004
Group exhibition curated by Gordon Froud, Gordart, Johannesburg, 2004
"City: Country" group show curated by Carol Lee, Upstairs at the Bamboo, Johannesburg, May 2004
"Drie Stemme" 3-women show with Sandra Hanekom and Wilna Coetzer, art.b Gallery, Bellville, May 2004
"Self-portraits" group exhibition, Rust 'n Vrede Gallery, Durbanville, October 2003
"Trilogy" travelling group exhibition, Sanlam Gallery, art.b and Rust 'n Vrede Gallery, Durbanville, March 2003
"Johann Louw/Clare Menck/Kennett Sinclair" 3 person exhibition curated by Julia Meintjes, Tokara Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, October 2002
"Koester" group show, Rust 'n Vrede Gallery, Durbanville, June 2002
"Aarsel" curated Theo Kleynhans, Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudsthoorn and Bellville Arts Association, Cape Town, April 2001
"Recent works" group show curated by Carol Lee, Upstairs at the Bamboo, Johannesburg, November 2000
"Canvas" group exhibition, SA Arts Association, Bellville, November 1999
"Anima/l" group exhibition, SA Arts Association, Bellville, September 1999
Various group exhibitions, Harris Fine Art, Wynberg, 1999
Solo exhibition, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town, 1998
"Interpreting Landscape" group exhibition, SA Arts Association, Bellville, 1998
"In Corporeal" 2 person exhibition, Ibis Art Centre, Nieuw-Bethesda, 1998
"CYST: Works in Paint" curated by Johann Louw and Clare Menck, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town and Civic Gallery, Sandton, Johannesburg, 1997/8
2 person exhibition, Labia Gallery, Cape Town, 1997
"Unplugged II" group exhibition, Rembrandt Gallery, Johannesburg, 1997


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