B. Visual Art (UNISA)
My yearning for the escape into nature stems from early childhood, where my journey into art began with doodling on the walls under my artist mother’s table.
Growing up enjoying the beaches of the Eastern Cape and frequent visits to my Granny’s farm we enjoyed the freedom of exploring nature’s wide open spaces. This is where my intimate connection to the land in both a geographical and spiritual sense, began.
School art lessons led to an interest in Graphic Design which I studied at the Ruth Prowse School of Art in Cape Town, graduating in 1983.
Over the next two decades I worked in design studios, enjoyed freelance work, lectured at the Austin Ellis Graphic Design School and established my own digital design and print business. I then embarked on a metamorphic and wonderfully enriching journey into process art-making. Learning new ways to explore artmaking through a more tactile and conceptual approach, ranging from video and installation, to painting and printmaking, I completed my B. Visual Art degree with UNISA in 2013.
Once I’d discovered printmaking and the endless possibilities of this art form I have not looked back!
Exhibiting frequently with a diversity of conceptual works, I now enjoy life as an independent artist and art educator working from my studio in Kommetjie. Paper works resonate most for me and my current works are predominantly etching and monotype, giving visual expression to themes and concepts about which I am passionate. These mostly reflect environmental concerns as well as physical and spiritual connections to the land.
I have participated in several group exhibitions both nationally and internationally and ultimately hope to bring joy and evoke response through my artmaking.
Open Studios Kommetjie, Noeleen Kleve Studio, Cape Town
Summer Salon, Glen Carlou Gallery, Paarl
'#TPG2020', The Art Room, Parkhurst
'Light from Dark,Spin Street Gallery, Cape Town
Kommetjie Open Studios, Noeleen Kleve Studio, Cape Town
'Say Africa', White River Gallery, White River
'Winter Life', Studio Gallery, Simonstown
RMB Turbine Art Fair, White River Gallery, Johannesburg
SA Fine Art Print Fair FAP19, Parktown, Johannesburg
'NANO 1.3', Barnard Gallery, Cape Town
Paper Works, Gardens, Cape Town
Summer Salon, White River Gallery
'Printmakers of Venice', MOK Gallery, Stellenbosch
'Flight', art.b, Bellville
Turbine Art Fair, White River Gallery, Johannesburg
'A Palette of Short Stories', White River Gallery, White River
'Journey in Print', Whow Studios, Durbanville
SA Fine Art Print Fair FAP17, GIBS, Johannesburg
Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Annual Show, Venice
'Buzzted', Art@Almenkerk, Elgin
'Drought', Artvark, Kalk Bay
'Clare, Theo, Johann & Friends', art.b, Bellville
'Up My Sleeve', Mok Gallery, Stellenbosch
'Fear & Loss: The Industrial Karoo', Khazimla, De Aar
FEAR & LOSS - The Industrial Karoo, Jan Rupert Art Centre (Graaff Reinet)
TWO, SMITH Gallery (Cape Town)
Online Group exhibition with outoftheCUBE at Fried Contemporary Gallery (Pretoria)
Turbine Art Fair, Turbine Hall (Johannesburg)
'The Red Data Pavilion', Public space (Venice, Italy)
'Fear & Loss - The Industrial Karoo', Pretoria Art Museum (Pretoria)
'Grande II', Rust-en-Vrede Gallery (Durbanville)
'The Industrial Karoo - Fear&Loss’, Oliewenhuis Kuns Museum (Bloemfontein)
‘Vernisage VII’, Lookout Gallery (Plettenberg Bay)
‘Music & Lyrics’, Rust-en-Vrede (Durbanville)
Misconstruction, outoftheCUBE (www.outofthecube.co.za)
Storyline: exploring narrative in visual art prints, Lovell Gallery (Cape Town)
‘Fear & Loss - 2052 Karoo’, KKNK (Oudsthoorn)
‘2052 Karoo - Fear & Loss’, National Arts Festival (Grahamstown)
‘Walk this earth alone’, Grande Provence Gallery (Franschhoek)
‘Dolerite - 2052 Karoo’, Prince Albert Festival (Prince Albert)
‘Unisa Graduate Exhibition’, Lovell Gallery (Cape Town)
‘Print’ exhibition, Youngblood Arts & Culture Development (Cape Town)
‘Berg’ exhibition, Athol Fugard Festival (Nieu Bethesda)
‘Print’ exhibition, Rust-en-Vrede (Cape Town)
‘Animals in law and society: perspectives from Africa
and beyond’ exhibition, Unisa (Pretoria)
Unisa 3rd Year Group Exhibition, art.b (Bellville)
‘[In]sight’ exhibition, Rust-en-Vrede (Cape Town)
‘Print’ exhibition, These Four Walls (Cape Town)
‘Les Artistes’ exhibition, Aardvark Gallery (Cape