Johannes du Plessis | Inspired By Nature
His artistic talent was never a secret, even at the age of four. He grew up on a farm in the Hofmeyr district, Eastern Cape. He was born with a creative talent. Also in music, but he had to make a difficult choice. Visual arts as a career were the path he would follow.
At the age of 14 he got private sculptural lessons in the small town Adelaide in the Eastern Cape. From there his life as an artist took shape. Sculpture was always his passion. Growing up in the Karoo (Eastern Cape S.A.) with its rocky hills and mountains, influenced him in his sculptural forms. The title of his thesis was “The relation between art and nature”.
1974 – He studied at Potchefstroom University, then commenced his studies further at the Nelson Metropolitan University of Art & Design, 1979 – gaining a higher National Diploma with distinction in Fine arts (sculpture and drawing).
Johannes has held over 40 successful exhibitions since 1982. He staged many solo, two man and attended group exhibitions, locally and internationally. He participated in international exhibitions: France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany and UK – London between 1994 and 2007.
Apart from private commissions in painting and sculpture, collectors invested in his unique versatile style of work around the globe, Canada, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Switzerland, USA, Germany, France, Scotland, Ireland, Australia and South Africa.
To paint is a passion.By being honest towards my mind experiences and heart is how I attempt to find a new level in artistic realization.
Painting is a process of getting to know myself better, a way of finding new inspiration and understanding of life in various forms.
In the end, it is an introduction to self-enlightenment.
I prefer to call my paintings emotional statements. My wish is that the audience could feel these statements deep within themselves.
Johannes uses a distinct abstract expressionistic cubist style in acrylics on canvas to express his love of form inspired by nature. Johannes uses cubism as a vehicle to arrive at a statement.
As Jackson Pollock said “…. it does not make much difference how the paint is applied, as long as something has been said. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.”
An artist must possess Nature. He must identify himself with her rhythm, by efforts that will prepare the mastery, which will later enable him to express himself in his own language. The observation of nature is part of an artist’s life. It enlarges his form knowledge, keeps him fresh and from working only by formula, and feeds inspiration.
Johannes reveals in his artworks, not only the artistic value of the visible but also of what remains beyond that.
Selected Exhibitions | 1994 to 2018
2018 – Solo Exhibition, ‘Life On Mars’, ODA, Franschhoek, South Africa
2017 – Group Exhibition, Gallery 88, Paarl, South Africa
2016 – Solo Exhibition, Jan Royce Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2015 – ‘Woordfees’ Oude Libertas Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa
2013 – ‘Faces And Figuration’, Solo Exhibition, Gallery 88, Paarl, South Africa
2012 – ‘Provenance’, Solo Exhibition, Gallery 88, Paarl , South Africa
2011 – ‘Provocative’ Solo Exhibition Gallery 88 , Paarl , South Africa
2011 – Group Exhibition, Grande Provence, Franschhoek, South Africa
2010 – Group Exhibition, Is Art Gallery, Franschhoek, South Africa
2009 – Solo Exhibition, Gallerie L’Art, Franschhoek , South Africa
2007 – Group Exhibition, Cork Street, London, UK
2007 – Group Exhibition, Erdmann Contemporary Gallery , Cape Town, South Africa
2006 – Group Exhibition, ‘Angels’ Grande Provence, Franschhoek , South Africa
2006 – Group Exhibition, Winter Gala, Hout Street Gallery, Paarl, South Africa
2005 – Solo Exhibition, Stellenbosch Art Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa
2003 – Two-Man Exhibition, Alfred Mall Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2002 – Solo Exhibition, German premiere in Meerbusch, cultural department, Germany
2002 – Solo Exhibition, Alfred Mall Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2001 – Two man Exhibition, Zeist, Netherlands
2001 – Three-Man Exhibition, ‘Fusion’, Alfred Mall Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2000 – Exhibition, Alfred Mall Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
1999 – Solo Exhibition, Gallery 16, Zurich, Switzerland
1997 – Two-Man, private Exhibition, Zurich, Switzerland
1994 – Invited to participate in Toiles de Fond (French Painting competition), France