• Joanne Reen

    Joanne Reen
    • Artist Statement
      • “I am in the landscape and the landscape is within me.” When out in the wide-open spaces of the Karoo, I am faced with the dichotomy of intense loneliness yet extreme joy and it is these human emotions and my spiritual relationship with the Karoo that inform my work.

        My series ‘Spirit of Place’ embodies the essence of the Karoo and includes images of earthly elements, telephone poles, dusty gravel roads and tree-lined avenues. The road in particular is a transitional place where a line connects a place of departure to an end destination. I use this imagery metaphorically to signify my personal, spiritual journey and transport the viewer from one place to another. These spiritual signifiers also highlight my own introspection and study of the ‘self.’
    • Biography
      • B.Tech Fine Art (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)

        Joanne Reen’s work reflects the human experience within the landscape, where she portrays her emotive, environmental roots together with her engagement in the natural heritage of the Eastern Cape.

        Exhibitions
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        Espac, PE - 2003, 2006, 2007 (merit award winner 2006)

        Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum - 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008

        Cuyler Street Gallery, Port Elizabeth - 2005

        Ibis, Button and Owl Gallery, Nieu Bethesda - 2005

        Kuhne Boekkooi Gallery, Port Elizabeth - 2005

        Textures Gallery, Port Elizabeth - 2005, 2006

        Sasol New Signatures finalist, Pretoria Art Museum - 2006, 2007

        Inclusive books and art gallery, Nieu Bethesda - 2007, 2008, 2009

        Nieu Bethesda Art Gallery, Nieu Bethesda - 2009

        Absa L'Atelier finalist 2009 - Absa Gallery Johannesburg 2009



         

    • Interview

      • What is your favourite film of all time?

        Fight Club, It is a film about the human mind and many truths are spoken: Brad Pitt mentions , “ The more you have the less you have,” and this is something I can relate to.

        What music are you currently listening to and why?

        Anything with Tori Amos, she has a very strong, powerful voice.

        Which living artists do you most admire and why?

        Marlene Dumas as she is an internationally recognized, local artist and her works can be quite hard-hitting.

        Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?

        Marcel Duchamp, for pushing the boundaries of art. He was revolutionary!

        Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?

        Roger Ballen’s Shadow Chamber,  it explores our dark sub-conscious that is often avoided as people are too scared to deal with it. 
         
        What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do
        you answer it? 

        “What does it mean?” and I answer back with another question “What does it mean to you”

        What/ who inspired you to be an artist?

        Nobody, I can’t imagine life without the creative process, it is something I just do. A day without art is a day wasted.

        Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any, the significance of this location is

        Most of the time I paint surrounded by nature. In Nieu Bethesda, the sky is an amazing blue that offers clarity – which influences not only my art!

        What do you like most about being an artist?

        It is a license to dream and to be ALIVE

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?

        Being an ABSA L’Atelier finalist and my last, completed painting. You are only as good as your last artwork.

        What are your plans for the coming year?

        I don’t like a pre determined future so all my doors are wide open.

    • Share:
  • Corridor - Painting by Joanne Reen JOANNE REEN
    Corridor
    Painting, W:32 x H:24 cm
    $366
  • Escape - Painting by Joanne Reen JOANNE REEN
    Escape
    Painting, W:32 x H:24 cm
    $366
  • Halo - Painting by Joanne Reen JOANNE REEN
    Halo
    Painting, W:32 x H:24 cm
    $366
  • The Spaces Between The Silence - Painting by Joanne Reen JOANNE REEN
    The Spaces Between The Silence
    Painting, W:32 x H:24 cm
    $366
  • Long Shadow - Painting by Joanne Reen JOANNE REEN
    Long Shadow
    Painting, W:27 x H:21 cm
    $296
  • Homeward Bound - Oil Painting by Joanne Reen JOANNE REEN
    Homeward Bound
    Oil Painting, W:58 x H:42 cm
    $627
  • Blue Symphony On Signal Hill - Oil Painting by Joanne Reen JOANNE REEN
    Blue Symphony On Signal Hill
    Oil Painting, W:57 x H:41 cm
    $471
  • It's Just Me Here - Painting by Joanne Reen
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    It's Just Me Here
    Painting, W:32 x H:24 cm
  • Traces Of A Memory - Painting by Joanne Reen
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    Traces Of A Memory
    Painting, W:32 x H:24 cm
  • Going Home - Painting by Joanne Reen
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    Going Home
    Painting, W:32 x H:24 cm
  • Moving Towards Within - Painting by Joanne Reen
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    Moving Towards Within
    Painting, W:32 x H:24 cm
  • All Is Quiet On The Anonymous Route - Painting by Joanne Reen
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    All Is Quiet On The Anonymous Route
    Painting, W:32 x H:24 cm
  • Moonlight Penetrates The Burden Of Sorrow - Painting by Joanne Reen
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    Moonlight Penetrates The Burden Of Sorrow
    Painting, W:32 x H:24 cm
  • Marion's Keepers Last Night - Painting by Joanne Reen
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    Marion's Keepers Last Night
    Painting, W:72 x H:92 cm
  • Camdeboo Plains - Painting by Joanne Reen
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    Camdeboo Plains
    Painting, W:20 x H:14 cm
  • Summer Storm Over Compassberg - Painting by Joanne Reen
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    Summer Storm Over Compassberg
    Painting, W:49 x H:41 cm
  • Nightfall On Dorsfontein - Painting by Joanne Reen
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    Nightfall On Dorsfontein
    Painting, W:15 x H:12 cm
  • On Top Of Rubidgekloof - Painting by Joanne Reen
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    On Top Of Rubidgekloof
    Painting, W:38 x H:30 cm
  • The Road To Dassiesfontein - Painting by Joanne Reen
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    The Road To Dassiesfontein
    Painting, W:29 x H:26 cm
  • Nebulous III: Boeties Dam - Painting by Joanne Reen
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    Nebulous III: Boeties Dam
    Painting, W:40 x H:50 cm
  • Nebulous I: Double-headed Horse - Painting by Joanne Reen
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    Nebulous I: Double-headed Horse
    Painting, W:31 x H:48 cm
  • Karoo Scub - Painting by Joanne Reen
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    Karoo Scub
    Painting, W:42 x H:32 cm
  • Figs - Painting by Joanne Reen
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    Figs
    Painting, W:50 x H:40 cm