Aimee Lindeque

Aimee Lindeque

Cape Town | 4 artworks for sale

  • Interstellar Conflict - Painting by Aimee Lindeque Interstellar Conflict
    Painting / 48 x 60 cm
    R7 800
  • Crimson Planet - Painting by Aimee Lindeque Crimson Planet
    Painting / 41 x 57 cm
    R7 800
  • Seeking Blue City - Painting by Aimee Lindeque Seeking Blue City
    Painting / 42 x 58 cm
    R8 500
  • Long Journey - Painting by Aimee Lindeque Long Journey
    Painting / 34 x 57 cm
    R7 820
  • The Journey Of A Jar - Painting by Aimee Lindeque
    The Journey Of A Jar
    Painting / 85 x 33 cm
  • No Room To Swing A Cat - Painting by Aimee Lindeque
    No Room To Swing A Cat
    Painting / 33 x 47 cm
Aimee’s work focuses on the duality between calm and chaos. Her experience of moving from an isolated farm in Mpumalanga to the heart of Cape Town city centre played a vital role in the development of her conceptual framework. She is interested in the contrast between rural and urban, old and modern and the disparities one experiences as you navigate between these spaces. We live in an industrial age- an information age- where the onslaught of sensory information has become overwhelming on many levels. Aimee’s work is an attempt to find calm in that chaos. She explores how sharing of information has resulted in the increased complexity of everyday tasks.

Her artistic process mimics the way we sift through mountains of information and sensory input, focusing on certain details while discarding others. She draws inspiration from this, harnessing this sensory-overload. She uses details from her everyday experience to create strange, often disjointed, visual narratives. Her work is a detail-drenched kaleidoscope of surreal imagery which encourages viewers to look again, meditate and smile. It’s Hieronymous Bosch meets where’s Wally.

Aimee Lindeque was born on a farm in rural Mpumalanga, South Africa. The unique beauty of the lowveld’s vegetation and landscape is a constant influence in her work and she still travels home frequently for inspiration. She attended Nelspruit’s Penryn college where teachers would reprimand her for doodling all over her exercise books. In high-school, she cemented her love for art, winning the art prize upon matriculation.

In 2014, she moved to Cape Town to study Fine Art at Michaelis UCT. She majored in Sculpture and Art History, but always incorporated painting and drawing into her work. Sculpting in natural materials such as wood, ceramic and leather satisfied her innate love for organic colours and gave her an understanding of what could be achieved in a three- dimensional realm.

After receiving her Bachelors of Fine Art, Aimee opened her own studio and began work- ing as a full-time artist in Cape Town. Her artistic practice has been growing steadily since graduation and she currently produces highly-detailed paintings, drawings and artist prints. She enjoys working in watercolour and ink, and has been commissioned to complete large acrylic murals around Cape Town.

Selected Exhibitions

2021

•    11:11, Eclectica Contemporary, Cape Town, 01/03/2021

•    Urban Jungle, The Candice Berman Gallery, Johannesburg

•    Genius Loci , The State of the art Gallery, Cape Town 01/10/2021

•    Vuleka top 40, Art B, Bellville, Cape Town, 01/08/2021


2020

•    Womxn month exhibition, Eclectica Contemporary, Cape Town, 01/08/2020

•    Joburg Fringe Exhibition, The Art Room, Parkhurst, Johannesburg, 01/09/2020- 26/09/2020

•    Art under the bed, group show, 01/12/2020, Oranjezicht, Cape Town

•    Sidetrack open studio, Salt River, Cape Town, 05/12/2020

•    Diaspora, White River Gallery, Mpumalanga, 21/11/2020-19/01/2021

•    Home is where the art is, Zeitz Mocaa, Waterfront, Cape Town 01/12/2020-01/10/2021

2019

•    Eclectica Contemporary, Eclectica collection, 07/02/2019 Cape Town

•    Eclectica Contemporary, Our stories, 01/08/2019 Cape Town

•    Plant cafe, Pop up exhibition, 01/10/2019 Camps Bay

•    Art under the bed, group show, 28/11/2019, Oranjezicht, Cape Town

•    Berg River Brewery, “Nanette Ranger studio exhibition”, 31/11/2019 , Paarl

2018

•    Berg River Brewery, “Nanette Ranger studio exhibition”, Paarl

•    Eclectica Design & Art, “Global reaching”, Cape Town

•    AVA, “AVA members exhibition”, Cape Town

•    Eclectica Contemporary, Eclectica collection, 03/05/2018 Cape Town

2017

•    PJ Olivier Art Centre, “Stellenbosch Art Society members exhibition”, Stellenbosch

•    Pretoria Art Museum, “Sasol new signatures top 100 finalist’s exhibition”, Pretoria

•    Smith gallery, “Michaelis silent auction”, Cape Town
 

Education:

2019- BAA,Business acumen for artists, Cape Town creative academy, Cape Town

2017- BAFA, bachelors in fine art with a major in sculpture, University of Cape Town, Michaelis, Cape Town 2013- Matric, Penryn Collage, Mpumalanga, South Africa


Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
I am enjoying how more South African artists seem to be incorporating elements of illustration into their work. Or people who would have consider themselves illustrators/comic artists are also showing their work as ‘traditional’ artists a bit more.

Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?
William M. Timlin, Helen Martins, Zakkie Eloff. There are more than just these three but I struggled to simply choose one. What I admire in these artists is how their work is very much rooted in South Africa but they were able to develop such a strong personal style.

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
If I could own any artwork and have it only be one work? I would have ’Isabella’ by John Everett Millais hanging in my home. The detail in this painting is endless. The scene is so tranquil so nobody will feel uncomfortable in your home, but the macabre backstory will keep you thinking about the characters futures.

Pick three artists who you would be honored to exhibit with – and why
James jean, Hope Gangloff and Gehard Demetz. These are some of my favourite international artists and I would mostly just want to see their work in person. The skill each of these artist has is incredible.

How did you get started? Did you always want to be an artist?
I always made art, but I thought you had to be dead to be an artist. Or that this was an old profession that didn’t exist any more. I only found out in high school that art was something you could do for a living. I desperately wanted to go to Michaelis to study art and after I graduated there I just kept making art.

What are some of the key themes you explore in your work?
Sensory overload, fantastical narrative, calm and chaos.

What should people know about your art that they can’t tell from looking at it?
There is almost always a drawing of someone drinking coffee in my doodle paintings. I Invite viewers to look for those little scenes.

Tell us more about your creative process.
I start with stretching paper onto board so it doesn’t bubble because I do put a lot of watercolour paint on the page. Once the paper is dry I start in the top left corner of the page and begin drawing out my composition in pencil. I use reference images and sketches I have collected but I mostly come up with little details on the spot.  I follow this with layers of ink and then watercolour. The most nerve recking part of the process it cutting the paper loose from the board.

Do you believe an artist should use their platform to influence society? Why?
Some artists are so good at this and making changes in society is a large part of their practice. It is however something one actively chooses. Not all artists are going to want to influence society, and that’s okay too.

Do you have a favourite or most meaningful work?
Maybe this watercolour painting I did in my second year of university, “Oak tree”. The whole process of painting it was very memorable. The way that I sold it was also really great, I’m so glad I still have a print of this painting.

What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
Getting my own studio away from home.

What are your aspirations for the future?
I am currently working on some large acrylic paintings and very excited to see what comes out of this new and very different process.