• Martie De Wet

    Martie De Wet
    • Artist Statement
      • I paint birds and flowers because I deeply long to understand and relate to them. By means of colour, rhythm, form and texture, I aim to portray their personalities, their charm and contemplate the influence they have on the human soul. Sight, sound, scent and an awareness of their fragility allows me to connect to these subjects. As a result, I engage with the bird but also its song; the flower as well as its scent.

        The abstract paintings are the subjective and intuitive portrayal of my experience whereas the more naturalistic studies are encounters with form. Every engagement brings to light the different aspects of each subject, resulting in a more integrated sense of its being and its aliveness.
    • Biography
      • B.A. Fine Art (University of Stellenbosch)

        Martie De Wet was born in Kroonstad, a countryside town in the Free State. Her childhood days were spent on farms and the great outdoors where she developed a deep love and appreciation for nature, plants and animals. After she completed her degree in Fine Arts at the University of Stellenbosch, she practiced as an art educator at various schools.

        Selected Exhibitions:

        Solo exhibition  - 196 Victoria Road, Woodstock

        Solo exhibition Philladelphia, Western Cape

        Solo exhibition - Windhoek, Namibia
    • Interview
      • Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
        I am currently inspired by Hanien Conradie, Cathy Layzell and Clare Menck.

        Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?

        I admire the work of Maude Sumner. In particular her focus on the elements of spirituality, serenity, abstraction and the use of colour.

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

        Art Franschoek 2017
        Salon Ninety One- Contemporary art.
        I especially admired Cathy Layzell’s complex use of colour, intuitive use of brush strokes as well as her manner of weaving abstraction together with realism.

        Where do you get your inspiration for your work?

        I mainly draw my inspiration from elements in nature.

        What do you like most about being an artist?

        Through my art works, I can creatively interpret what I observe through the use of colour, form and texture.

        How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block?
        I change my direction and focus.

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
        To have been able to create diversity in all of the work produced over the years. In this way I have matured and grown along with the work.

        Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how?
        Yes. I would like to see my work as something that uplifts and rejuvenates the soul.

        What are your plans for the coming year?
        To explore more, paint more and create more.

  • Tulip Magnolia - Painting by Martie De Wet MARTIE DE WET
    Tulip Magnolia
    Painting / 50 x 60 cm
  • Abstract Tulip Magnolia II - Painting by Martie De Wet MARTIE DE WET
    Abstract Tulip Magnolia II
    Painting / 45 x 78 cm
  • Hibiscus - Painting by Martie De Wet MARTIE DE WET
    Painting / 67 x 45 cm
  • Abstract Tulip Magnolia I - Painting by Martie De Wet MARTIE DE WET
    Abstract Tulip Magnolia I
    Painting / 35 x 45 cm
  • Abstract Pink Flower - Painting by Martie De Wet MARTIE DE WET
    Abstract Pink Flower
    Painting / 35 x 45 cm