• Liebet Jooste

    Liebet Jooste
    • Artist Statement
      • Expression is the basis of my work. Themes and mediums evolve but personal narrative remains my way of creative communication. Driven by a lifelong instinct to explore my environment from an intimate perspective I’ve become obsessed with the world that lies within its intricacy.

        The ocean is a great passion of mine and I spend hours walking its vast, ever-changing beaches and peeping into rock pools bursting with life. The colours, lines, subtle movements and odd textures and shapes are treasures to be discovered.

        Communicating my experience of the Atlantic shoreline has become the conceptual focus of my work and I strive to inspire in the viewer a fresh personal connection with the marine environment.
    • Biography

      • BA Fine Art  (University of Pretoria)

        Liebet Jooste is a contemporary South African environmental artist living and working in an old workers’ cottage on a Strandveld plain outside the West Coast fishing village of Paternoster. Intrigued by the natural environment surrounding her, Jooste communicates her experiences of it through intricate, semi abstract painted and illustrated works.

        Born in Pretoria in 1983, Jooste grew up there and in 2006 obtained a BA Fine Arts degree from the University of Pretoria, specializing in expressive self-portraiture painting. The following year she was a finalist in the Absa L'Atelier Award and in 2008 part of the International Triennale of Contemporary Art in Prague. Illustration was added to her practice when Jooste launched her designer brand Things by Liebet in 2009. In 2011 she began exhibiting very detailed, quirky works on paper with a deeply personal narrative, which lead to her illustrating the cover artworks for Karen Zoid's 2012 album, Zoid Afrika. In 2015 Jooste self-published her debut colouring book, The Colouring Book by Liebet and in 2017 Imagnary House published her second one, Liebetland: A Colouring Book.

        Jooste moved to Betty's Bay in the Overberg region of the Western Cape at the end of 2017. This long-awaited life by the sea had a significant influence on her work. Living right on the beach meant shore life became the theme as she began creating works that reflected her experience of this biodiverse coastal environment. After a year she moved up the coast to the West Coast Peninsula and so the vegetation surrounding her changed from Fynbos to Strandveld but she remains close to the Atlantic Ocean.

        Situated slightly inland now, Jooste works in a rustic home studio set in a vast open veld with the ever-changing elements passing by and the sound of the waves crashing in the distance. The shoreline is still the theme of her work as her imagination remains fixed on the wildly poetic marine world that awaits her regular explorations.

        Selected Exhibitions:

        Nest – Untitled, Cape Town

        Liebetland – Longstreet Art Lovers 1932, Pretoria

        Fotostaatmasjien – No End Contemporary Art Space, Johannesburg
        The Storytellers – Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria

        Sight Of Sound – Fient Lifestyle Gallery, Pretoria

        Re-Reading The Future / International Triennale of Contemporary Art – National Gallery, Prague

        Behind Every Door Lies / Absa L’Atelier Award – Absa Building, Johannesburg
        Somewhere – Magpie Gallery, Pretoria

        Would This Go With The Furniture? – Univerity Of Pretoria, Pretoria

    • Interview

      • Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
        Illustration artists becoming part of the fine arts scene has re-introduced me to watercolour and gouache, which I’ve overlooked until now. My style has also become more a combination of the way I paint and the way I illustrate.

        Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?
        Walter Battiss, due to the connection I feel with his Fook Island concept.

        If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
        The first oil painting I made when I was 16 years old. It showed giant human legs walking through a landscape with tiny broccoli trees and big pumpkins. I wish I never painted over it.

        How did you get started? Did you always want to be an artist?
        I was always drawing and making things as a child so with the support and encouragement from my parents, it was a very natural progression becoming an artist.

        What are some of the key themes you explore in your work?
        The Atlantic shoreline is the theme I’m currently focused on.

        What inspired your latest body of work?
        The shorelines of Betty’s Bay and Paternoster. 

        Tell us more about your creative process.
        I walk the shores of the Atlantic discovering things that intrigue me. When I create artworks inspired by these explorations, I not only intuitively interpret what I personally feel but also communicate my perspective to the viewer.

        What drives you as an artist?
        The need for exploration, discovery and expression.

        Do you have a favourite or most meaningful work?
        No, I have many works that stand out for me and that I feel were pivotal in my journey.

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
        That I’ve kept on making artworks that are creative and honest and in doing so developed my practice.

        What are your aspirations for the future?
        I would love to have a successful, lifelong art career built with fresh, authentic work viewed and sold all over the world.

  • Underwater Vibrance - Painting by Liebet Jooste LIEBET JOOSTE
    Underwater Vibrance
    Painting / 42 x 59 cm
  • Storm - Painting by Liebet Jooste LIEBET JOOSTE
    Painting / 42 x 60 cm
  • Shoreline Cluster With Dried Kelp - Painting by Liebet Jooste LIEBET JOOSTE
    Shoreline Cluster With Dried Kelp
    Painting / 21 x 21 cm
  • Detail Of A Marine Cluster - Painting by Liebet Jooste LIEBET JOOSTE
    Detail Of A Marine Cluster
    Painting / 20 x 10 cm
  • Jelly Cluster - Painting by Liebet Jooste LIEBET JOOSTE
    Jelly Cluster
    Painting / 45 x 31 cm
  • Spring Tide - Painting by Liebet Jooste LIEBET JOOSTE
    Spring Tide
    Painting / 59 x 20 cm