University of Johannesburg, 1973, MA Art History
128 STRAND STREET
8001 Cape Town
Western Cape Province
instagram as bcbrecht
GOAL: To express in images my experience of the relationship between people as well as between human and environment.
Currently Photographer working on special projects and making books.
Freelance Arts writer and art critic for local media in South Africa.
Researcher and Lecturer in Art History/Philosophy at the University of Johannesburg.
Prior to that museum professional officer at the Johannesburg Art Gallery.
The shift from 'onlooker' ( writing about the visual arts as art critic for local media in South Africa) to 'doer' (creating my own photographic artworks), happened gradually, and became a major occupation over the past years of my mature life.
The move towards fine art photography was prompted in 2009 when three incidents steered me in this direction: The online gallery for fine art photos, Camera Obscura, presented a feature on me. Later the same year I received an invitation for a solo exhibition at a new Waterkant Art Gallery in Cape Town. The work sold well to local and international collectors, and was also exhibited in New York City. Since then I have participated in another solo and several group shows in art galleries in Cape Town. I see photography as a door to out innermost selves and therefore am continueing the study of it. I was lucky to receive encouragement in the form of Awards as Winner in a couple of Artslant Showcase competitions in since 2011, Recenly I became the recipient of an award for "excellence" from the Vega School of Photography I attended in 2016. I have produced two more books from my photographs. 2017 will see me as student at the Ruth Prowse School of Art, where I hope to branch out into mixed media, using photography as basis.
MEMBERSHIP OF ORGANISATIONS:
South African Art Writers and Critics Association (SAAWCA)
2015: September: Launch of photo-book, Still Life in Motion and solo exhibition of images from the book, Mogalakwena Gallery, Cape Town
2010 March-May 2010 at the Waterkant Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa: The Flow of Stone.
2016 Group Show at Vega School of Photography, Cape Town
2014: September and October: New Thoughts: After Time, as part of Month of Photography (MOP) photographic festival, Spin Street Art Gallery, Cape Town
2013: April 4 to May 31: Cape Town School of Photography.
2012 Sept. 26 to Oct 31: Month of Photography (MOPS5) Triennial in Cape Town, organised by the South AFrican Centre for Photography.
Contraposto, curated by Bongani Jjalo, celebrating human form, at online gallery, State of the Art, June 2012.
Affordable Art Fair in New York in May 2010
Hardcore Photography at Cape Town School of Photography 2010
Reality and Beyond at Museum Africa, Johannesburg, 2009
My photo, Shadow of The Eye, was selected as Cover on the book, along with other photos by the author, Dawn Garisch: Dance with Suitcase; A Memoir resting on Movement, Tiber Tree Press, Cape Town. Nov 2013
Local media - magazines and newspapers : Earthyear, De Kat, Rapport, Beeld, Die Burger, Die Volksblad, Conde Nast House and Garden, South African Country Life, Flamingo Airline inflight magazine (frontpage photo and lead article).
Represented in the publication: Around the World with TPN (Travelphotographers Network), 2008, edited by Sarah Clarehart.
Photo's purchased and used in promotional and tutorial purposes by New York Institute of Photography, 2010.
Photo's used for promotional purposes by Cape Town School of Photography 2011.
PHOTO BOOKS IN LIMITED EDITION, SIGNED AND NUMBERED published by Bettie Coetzee Lambrecht
2016 Cliff Richard Lives Here; published by Bettie Coetzee, Printed by Wetink, Cape Town. Explores the contradictions between fragmentation and wholeness through the prism of someone who suffers from cerebral palsy.
2015 STILL/LIFE IN MOTION a portrait of time passing,Design and Layout: EMC Design, Printed: Hansa Printers, Cape Town Sept. 2015,
CODE 9 780620666145
2013 TO LIFE - DANCE IT; A Story in Words, Images, Movement, by Bettie Coetzee Lambrecht in collaboration with Dawn Garisch, design, layout and publisher Bettie Coetzee Lambrecht
View book on: www.issuu.com/bettie-photo
Fresh Cream Award for Excellence, Vega School for Photography, 2016
Artslant Showcase Winner Round One, March 2014
Artslant Showcase Winter Round 4 May 2013
Artslant OnLine Gallery Showcase Winner Round 4 July 2012
Artslant Showcase Winner Round 5 October 2012
Artslant Watchlist (Salesroom Artist) May 2012
Artslant Selection of photo, A Fishy Tale; Heads or Tails in Curated Selection Category, January 2012.
Artslant Selection of photo, Museum for Africa, as part of the World Cultures Collection Curation Category Nov 2011
Kipton Art Online Gallery Selection of Four images Top Ten weekly Designer Collections by New York designer, Adrienne Neff on Kipton Art, 10th May 2011
New York Institute of Photography Merit Award 2009
South African Art News Editors Choice for review of fine art photographer, David Goldblatt 2010.
Invited as participant in Roundtable-conference for Art Writers and Critics with Professor Shelley Rice from New York University, organised by the Roger Ballen Foundation in Johannesburg 2009.
ARTISTS WITH WHOM MY WORK HAS BEEN SHOWN at Affordable Art Fair, New York May 2010
Cloete Breytenbach, Johan Kuus, David Levine, Gunther Komnick, Ginger Odes, Frits Lemaire
State of the Art Gallery, Cape Town 2011 ongoing.
Mogalakwena Gallery, Cape Town 2015
Waterkant Gallery and Affordable ARt Fair New York, 2009
New York Institute of Photography bought works after Merit Awards, 2009.
Private sales of prints on archival paper in limited editions printed by Master Printers Tony Meintjes and by Vincent van Graan at Orms Professional Photographic Lab in Cape Town, South Africa
My focus currently is on Climate Change and the effect of both the earth, and human life and aspirations. I'm exploring the multi-layeredness of human interacting with the environment; associations awakened by the combinations of several images in a double exposure achieved in postproduction via Photoshop.
The effect of erosion in nature and through traumatic experiences in people is seen through the prism of climate affecting the planet and its inhabitants.