Born in Windhoek ( Namibia). I grew up in different towns in Namibia. Mainly Walvisbaai and Otjiwarongo. I also have strong ties with the kalahari, because my grandparents had farms there. I have very good and vivid memories of the times I spend on the farms during holidays and weekends. I also lived on the farms for periods, pre-school.
I think these times shaped me a lot. The sensations of the smell of coalstove and gas, the sound of a generator. Candles at night and a lot of time outside experiencing the details of a very wealthy visual Kalahari.
My Grannies were very skilled people (craftwise) I learned to work with my hands from young. My father sketched and painted from time to time.
I moved to Potchefstroom in my teens, where I spend my last days in school and worked as a clothing designer and got involved through that with other aspects of art. Props, backdrops etc. The art outran the clothes. It chose me. Not me it. But it was the right choice as its perfect, fits me like a glove. I am that in flesh and bone and marrow in mind and reality.
I left Potch in the early nineties and moved to the Western Cape where I still live.
In the fashion I was shaped by the times in the Kalahari. On a farm on top of a mountain, with beautifull nature and the milky way at night. Simplicity, space, sounds and sensational smells of fire and artist turps.
Ive had 14 Solo exhibitions:
- Sint Anna ter Muiden in Sluis – Netherlands.
- 5 in Piketberg at different venues through the years.
- The Cape Gallery- Cape Town.
- Iziko national museum – Cape Town.
- The Cape Gallery – Cape Town.
- Liebrecht gallery – Somerset West with James Grace in concert.
- AVA ( The association of visual arts)- where you have to get selected by a panel of 12 people.
- Casa Labia cultural centre in Muizenberg.
- The University of Potchefstroom- for Aardklop visual arts festival.
Ive participated in 65 Group exhibitions (not all is noted) nationally and international in the following galleries – some of them numerous times.
Sandton Civic Hall
Brugge – Belgium
Abele-Watou – Belgium
University of Stellenbosch
Pretoria art Museum
Artspace – Johannesburg
Oliewenhuis National Museum – Bloemfontein
Grande Provance –Franschoek
Everard Read – Cape Town
Tina Skukan gallery – Pretoria
Investment art (Brundyn +) – Cape town
AVA – Cape Town
Carol Lee fine arts – Johannesburg
D- Street - Stellenbosch
Lindie van Niekerk Gallery – Cape Town
Halifax – Johannesburg
Strydom Gallery – George
Stellenbosch art gallery
Bellvile arts association
KKNK visual arts festival
Johannesburg art weekend – Luvey n Rose
The Studio – Kalk bay
Liebrecht gallery – Somerset West
The Lounge gallery – Seideberg wine estate
Johan Smit Gallery- Clarens
Steenboksfontein Spring arts festival
Redelinghuys Centenary exhibition
36 Special – Cape Town
Rust and Vrede- Durbanville
Ive participated in 3 art Auctions:
Iziko national gallery
Cape Town City hall – Chefs who share. Where my work took second highest bid amongs 10 great South African artists. Amongst whom: Lionel Smit, Jean Doyle, Louis Janse van Vuuren, Russel Travers, Dylan lewis, Anton Smit, Ryan Hewit, Heike Allerton-Davies, Jacqueline Crewe-Brown
I entered the New Signatures exhibition (Sasol – Johannesburg) and Windsor and Newton millenium Competion and got into both finalist exhibitions. With Windsor and Newton i entered 3 works and 2 were chosen. I also got second price in Citrusdal fundraiser exhibition. As a rule i dont really participate in competitions.
I ran my own gallery and curated 6 sucsesfull exhibitions and numerous projects
Ive done installations for Afrikaburn over 2 years and did 6 performances with the band Croak. Afrikaburn 2015 was a big installation and the whole project took 3 weeks with a big collective.