He is known for his small meditative paintings of unremarkable topics such as interiors or feet.
Gouws studied fine art in Cape Town, Düsseldorf and Amsterdam, and philosophy in Utrecht (the Netherlands).
Having spent 16 years in Europe, he returned to South Africa in 1987.
His one man shows “Hiding behind simple things” (2006) and “Pedestrian Paintings” (2011-12) travelled to all the major centres in South Africa, after his previous one man shows in Durban, Cape Town and Chicago.
Following years in which he earned his keep as a philosophy lecturer in the Netherlands, Stellenbosch and then Durban, he now lives in Jamestown (Stellenbosch) as a full-time painter and painting teacher.
Gouws is married to the novelist and artist Ingrid Winterbach, and they have two daughters.
Education: BA (Fine Arts) Univ. of Pretoria
Salomi Prinsloo grew up on a farm in the district of Vrede. This has had a great impact on her life and her art. She has a deep love and respect for nature. Her connection with creation is evident in her choice of subject matter as she frequently draws on nature for inspiration.
Her painting style is characterized by expressive brush strokes emphasizing movement. She is fascinated with texture and elements of nature.
Salomi has been teaching others fine art for 18 years, from which she finds tremendous fulfillment.
Exhibitions: Salomi has had numerous exhibitions in South Africa and abroad. Her work is proudly displayed in many corporate collections and the Pretoria Art Museum bought one of her works for Tswane’s corporate collection.
Bevlee graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in 1986 with a B.A Fine Arts degree with Honours in Painting, and has been running her own successful art school for the past 25 years.
Bev has worked in almost all mediums.
Her current work is a culmination of years of experimentation in these mediums and her latest exhibition entitled “The layers that lie beneath” is a body of work in which she painted over heavily textured canvases. Some canvases were previously completed paintings and others have a prepared “worked-on” surface over which she paints.
Since graduating Bevlee has exhibited in numerous art exhibitions. Some are listed below.
- 1986 – Gertrude Posel Gallery
- 1995 – Jerusalem 3000
- 1996 – Collector fair
- 1997 – Solo Exhibition
- 1998-2011 – Bevlee has been painting and selling her work through various independent galleries.
- 2011 – Solo Exhibition at ART0NEsixty (Curated by Gordon Froud)
Karen says that she simply love painting and teaching! Her students are an inspiration with their energy and enthusiasm.
She teaches in most mediums and encourages experimenting with mixed media. Her career started in graphic design and slowly evolved into fine art. She has attended many courses but she is essentially self-taught. She lives in a seaside town near Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Karen has weekly art classes as well as art workshops which are held at different venues.
Nicky’s art journey began 30 years ago, where she gained a unique affinity with acrylic and oil painting. Shortly thereafter she began teaching art to both children and adults in her private studio.
Three decades of personal artwork showcases a variety of styles of themes – all of which have grown with her and shaped the artist she has become.
She descrives her artwork is colourful with a magical glow in each that represent light and happiness. She says she aims to inspire not only the viewers of my work but the room within which they hang. She does professional art commissions for corporate and private clients including a thorough client needs-analysis to ensure the best results.
Nicky hosts and runs boutique art classes for adults during the week as well as various art workshops on selected weekends and holidays for people of all ages. During the course of the year she organises exciting art retreats and various art functions.