• Lisette Forsyth

    Lisette Forsyth
    • Artist Statement
      • I take the discarded materials of modern work and transmute their surfaces into artefacts with a powerful appeal to current artistic sensibilities. Scarred wood, rusted steel, battered metal and builder’s planks are all grist to my grinder, saw and paintbrush. The story of each piece is transmutation, the outcome, I hope, is enchantment.

        I believe that the dialogue I initiate in my work starts a chain reaction; between my thoughts and the subject matter, between the elements in the work – the images, the objects and the background – all integrated and reinforced by the strong binding shadows I invariably include. Crucial to it all is the satisfying dialogue between my art and the viewer, because I believe that our experience of a piece of art is enhanced by our understanding of the values it signifies.

        As an artist one has to make things happen or be open to opportunities. it is a mystery where the ideas come from, I think it is divine. The platform comes with a sense of responsibility to affect positive change.
    • Biography

      • Lisette studied Graphic Design at The Cape Technikon from 1989 – 1991 and graduated with a Diploma, majoring in photography and printmaking. She has worked in many fields all over Europe and Australia before coming home and setting up her own studio in Woodstock.

        Lisette has exhibited widely with solo and group shows across South Africa as well as internationally: she was a 2007 Vuleka finalist.

        Selected Exhibitions:


        2019
        Solo exhibition LAND, at StateoftheART Cape Town

        2018
        Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS) in New York

        2017
        SAADA art show with Holden Manz
        Group Exhibition: 'UNITLED|SPRING' at StateoftheART Gallery, Cape Town

        2016

        SAADA art show with Holden Manz
        Group Exhibition: 'Poudly South African' at Studio Dylan Thomas, Cape Town
        Group Exhibition with East Side Studios, Cape Town
        BRKLYN Spring Exhibition, Cape Town

        2015
        Solo Exhibition: ‘Nothing in India’ at Studio Dylan Thomas, Cape Town
        Solo Exhibition: ‘Love they Neighbour’ at StateoftheART Gallery, Cape Town
        Art and antique expo at the Look Out, W&A Waterfront

        2014
        Group Exhibition: ‘Ladies First’, Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich, Germany
        Solo Exhibition: 'A Reflection Of Us' at StateoftheART Gallery, Cape Town
        Solo Exhibition: ‘Who’s looking at who’ at Rust and Vrede Gallery
        Group Exhibition: ‘Music and Lyrics’ at Rust and Vrede

        Works donated for Ukuthemba Child foundation are auctioned by Graham Norton, resulting in sales to Mr Norton.

        2013

        Solo exhibition: An honest day’s work, Studio Tonic, Cape Town

        2012

        Part of the art walk ,Art week in Observatory  and Woodstock , resulting in an ongoing relationship with the Jeanneta Blignaut Art Consultancy, Spier.

        2011
        Group exhibition: Pin Hole at Haas, Cape Town


    • Interview
      • What is your favourite film of all time?
        Each decade has it’s own film: the 80s The Outsiders; 90s Jesus of Motreal; 00s Little Miss Sunshine; and 2010 District 9.

        What music are you currently listening to and why?

        Bon Ivor because its easy listening and beautiful. When I am in the studio I listen to Fine Music radio, it is relaxing , undemanding has very little advertising. The long pieces help sustain a train of thought and it is also a way to keep in touch with what is going on culturally.
        Most recently Listening to YO YO MAR and LP .

        Which living artists do you most admire and why?
        Paul Edmunds, his work is clever and original.

        Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?
        Brett Whitely because of his loose style and innovative use of materials.

        Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
        Harry Wichat at the Smelik Stokking Galleries in Amsterdam. I loved his loose brush stroke and use of colour – it could also have been the hash chocolate.
        Most recent exhibition that made an impact was work of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye in Munich, her use of colour. Stone cold sober.

        What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?
        Question I get asked most is where do I find my surfaces. I scavenge.

        What/ who inspired you to be an artist?
        My Father, when I asked what I should do after leaving school he suggested I do what makes me happy.

        Can you tell us about where you make your art and what, if any, the significance this location has.
        I have a studio in Woodstock, an industrial part of Cape Town. I feel a sense of productivity in the air. I also find the people that live and work here have a style and grace despite their limited resources,every move languid and rhythmic. The weathered and graffitied buildings are also an ever changing inspiration.

        What do you like most about being an artist?
        To have an outlet for my creative energy.

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
        Seeing a commission piece bring tears of joy.

        What are your plans for the coming year?
        I am working on an exhibition called LAND for February at StateoftheART. An exhibition in Portugal on a series I did there. Also to continue experimenting.
    • Video
  • Mother's Love - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    Mother's Love
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
    R12 000
  • Kings Will Dream - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    Kings Will Dream
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
    R12 000
  • Aquatic Life, Durban - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    Aquatic Life, Durban
    Original Painting / 79 x 110 cm
    R52 000
  • St Helena - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    St Helena
    Original Painting / 79 x 112 cm
    R52 000
  • Snell - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    Snell
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
    R12 000
  • Mapping The Course (Blue) - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    Mapping The Course (Blue)
    Original Painting / 113 x 80 cm
    R52 000
  • Homeland  Ed.2/5 - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    Homeland Ed.2/5
    Giclée Print / 105 x 75 cm
    R21 000
  • Formally Separated - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    Formally Separated
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
    R12 000
  • World Games  Ed.2/5 - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    World Games Ed.2/5
    Giclée Print / 110 x 76 cm
    R21 000
  • Fun Ed.2/5 - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    Fun Ed.2/5
    Giclée Print / 106 x 77 cm
    R21 000
  • Ist Day - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    Ist Day
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
    R12 000
  • Cape St. Francis Ed.3/5 - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    Cape St. Francis Ed.3/5
    Giclée Print / 105 x 76 cm
    R21 000
  • Cuba  Ed.1/5 - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    Cuba Ed.1/5
    Giclée Print / 120 x 75 cm
    R21 000
  • Chamais Bay To Port Nolloth  Ed.4/5 - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    Chamais Bay To Port Nolloth Ed.4/5
    Giclée Print / 104 x 80 cm
    R21 000
  • Cross Roads - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    Cross Roads
    Original Painting / 63 x 77 cm
    R34 000
  • A Sentiment Of Sorrow  Ed. 1/5 - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    A Sentiment Of Sorrow Ed. 1/5
    Giclée Print / 51 x 62 cm
    R9 000
  • If The Shoe Fits - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    If The Shoe Fits
    Original Painting / 59 x 78 cm
    R34 000
  • Dawn Of Womanhood  Ed. 3/5 - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    Dawn Of Womanhood Ed. 3/5
    Giclée Print / 54 x 74 cm
    R11 000
  • Bachelors And Spinsters  Ed.1/5 - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    Bachelors And Spinsters Ed.1/5
    Giclée Print / 54 x 74 cm
    R11 000
  • Milk Mad  Ed. 2/5 - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    Milk Mad Ed. 2/5
    Giclée Print / 54 x 74 cm
    R11 000
  • Rain, Rain, Rain  Ed.2/5 - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    Rain, Rain, Rain Ed.2/5
    Giclée Print / 54 x 74 cm
    R11 000
  • Servitude Rights  Ed. 2/5 - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    Servitude Rights Ed. 2/5
    Giclée Print / 30 x 42 cm
    R3 480
  • Trader  Ed.1/5 - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    Trader Ed.1/5
    Giclée Print / 30 x 42 cm
    R3 480
  • Land  Ed. 3/5 - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    Land Ed. 3/5
    Giclée Print / 54 x 74 cm
    R11 000
  • Mothers Of School Boys  Ed. 8/10 - Hand-Finished Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    Mothers Of School Boys Ed. 8/10
    Hand-Finished Giclée Print / 54 x 74 cm
    R11 000
  • Port St. John  Ed.2/5 - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    Port St. John Ed.2/5
    Giclée Print / 30 x 42 cm
    R3 480
  • Die Donkie Is 'n Wonderlike Ding  Ed. 2/5 - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    Die Donkie Is 'n Wonderlike Ding Ed. 2/5
    Giclée Print / 30 x 42 cm
    R3 480
  • Entrance - Original Sketch by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    Entrance
    Original Sketch / 91 x 59 cm
    R6 000
  • Goods  Ed. 3/5 - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    Goods Ed. 3/5
    Giclée Print / 29 x 42 cm
    R3 480
  • 13-Year-Old Girl and 8-Year-Old Boy  Ed.2/5 - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    13-Year-Old Girl and 8-Year-Old Boy Ed.2/5
    Giclée Print / 30 x 42 cm
    R3 500
  • Crime And Punishment Ed. 5/5 - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth LISETTE FORSYTH
    Crime And Punishment Ed. 5/5
    Giclée Print / 59 x 78 cm
    R11 000
  • Lady Atlas - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Lady Atlas
    Painting / 122 x 205 cm
  • Religious Communication - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Religious Communication
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Africa My Love Ed.5/5 - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth
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    Africa My Love Ed.5/5
    Giclée Print / 64 x 51 cm
  • Forgive - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Forgive
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Trade With Mozambique - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Trade With Mozambique
    Original Painting / 57 x 42 cm
  • Guardian - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Guardian
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • BAZAAR - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    BAZAAR
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Other Vehicle - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Other Vehicle
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Payday (Betaal) - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Payday (Betaal)
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Purity - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Purity
    Original Painting / 59 x 78 cm
  • Alliances  Ed. 2/5 - Giclée Print by Lisette Forsyth
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    Alliances Ed. 2/5
    Giclée Print / 30 x 42 cm
  • The Dome - Original Sketch by Lisette Forsyth
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    The Dome
    Original Sketch / 92 x 59 cm
  • One Side Of A Square - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    One Side Of A Square
    Painting / 145 x 109 cm
  • Land And Sea - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Land And Sea
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Loopendewegen - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Loopendewegen
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Water For Domestic Purposes - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Water For Domestic Purposes
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Eligible Land - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Eligible Land
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Homeland - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Homeland
    Original Painting / 110 x 80 cm
  • Land  Grabs - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Land Grabs
    Original Painting / 107 x 80 cm
  • Schulphoek/The Deal - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Schulphoek/The Deal
    Painting / 145 x 87 cm
  • A Piece Of Ground - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    A Piece Of Ground
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Foot Passengers - Original Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Foot Passengers
    Original Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Custody - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Custody
    Painting / 26 x 39 cm
  • Gov Gazette: Fine And Fancy Goods - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Gov Gazette: Fine And Fancy Goods
    Painting / 34 x 47 cm
  • Gov Gazette: Wheat Free - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Gov Gazette: Wheat Free
    Painting / 33 x 46 cm
  • Gov Gazette: Kruiwagen - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Gov Gazette: Kruiwagen
    Painting / 34 x 48 cm
  • Gov Gazette: Bribery - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Gov Gazette: Bribery
    Painting / 34 x 48 cm
  • Africa My Love - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Africa My Love
    Painting / 120 x 96 cm
  • Cape Times: Cricket Goods - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Cape Times: Cricket Goods
    Painting / 58 x 77 cm
  • Gov Gazette: Cape Commercial Bank - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Gov Gazette: Cape Commercial Bank
    Painting / 34 x 47 cm
  • Cape Times: More Haste - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Cape Times: More Haste
    Painting / 54 x 68 cm
  • Cape Times: Stormy Weather - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Cape Times: Stormy Weather
    Painting / 54 x 68 cm
  • Gov Gazette: Twee Behoeftige Kinderen - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Gov Gazette: Twee Behoeftige Kinderen
    Painting / 27 x 39 cm
  • Gov Gazette: Municipal Water - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Gov Gazette: Municipal Water
    Painting / 34 x 48 cm
  • Gov Gazette: Articles - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Gov Gazette: Articles
    Painting / 26 x 39 cm
  • Cape Times: Boy's Clothes - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Cape Times: Boy's Clothes
    Painting / 48 x 68 cm
  • Gov Gazette: Closing Of Roads - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Gov Gazette: Closing Of Roads
    Painting / 35 x 47 cm
  • Gov Gazette: Passengers - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Gov Gazette: Passengers
    Painting / 35 x 48 cm
  • Gov Gazette: Umlamleli  - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Gov Gazette: Umlamleli
    Painting / 26 x 39 cm
  • Cape Times: Father And The Boys - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Cape Times: Father And The Boys
    Painting / 48 x 67 cm
  • Euro Africans - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Euro Africans
    Painting / 80 x 112 cm
  • Namibia - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Namibia
    Painting / 108 x 70 cm
  • Marcelino - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Marcelino
    Painting / 39 x 51 cm
  • Gov. Gazette: Geld - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Gov. Gazette: Geld
    Painting / 26 x 39 cm
  • Gov. Gazette: Fingo Boy - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Gov. Gazette: Fingo Boy
    Painting / 26 x 39 cm
  • Cape Times: All Mothers - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Cape Times: All Mothers
    Painting / 62 x 78 cm
  • Cape Times: Gifts & Notions - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Cape Times: Gifts & Notions
    Painting / 56 x 75 cm
  • Gov Gazette: Monday - Painting by Lisette Forsyth
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    Gov Gazette: Monday
    Painting / 35 x 47 cm