• Bettie Coetzee-Lambrecht

    Bettie Coetzee-Lambrecht
    • Artist Statement
      • The blank walls inside art galleries intrigue me. Not only because they stand behind humbly to show off art works on display. More profoundly, they form the connection between spaces. Like punctuation marks, they have the authority to say here I begin, there I end. Ceiling, wall and floor articulate a harmonious, aesthetic and functional relationship within the interior.

        This interrelationship echoes the conversation in nature around a horizon line, between up and down where sky and earth or sky and water meet. These boundary lines are at once the point of meeting between different natural phenomena (grass, rocks and trees), and man-made structures (buildings, electrical poles). Meeting points are the place where similarity and difference come to the fore and are debated. Debate activates questioning and finding creative solutions. Thinking in new and innovative ways. And enabling the growth of growing consciousness in the process.

        Within the bigger theme of Nature and Us, that I am exploring currently, Inner/Outer Spaces and Places, are a subcategory. It is a further investigation of relationships, namely that between interiors of buildings and the inner states or moods of people. How does the experience of interior shapes of a building mirror or contrast with the mood it provokes inside a person’s head and body.

        In this series, I use architectural interiors combined with exterior street scenes as prism through which a dialogue between animate and inanimate structures become audible, or rather visible; or more of a synaesthetic experience of three-dimensional space.

    • Biography

      • My current focus on experimental photography follows a career dedicated to the visual arts as an arts-writer for local media having obtaining a Masters in Art History and as a lecturer at the former Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit (University of Johannesburg).

        Masters Degree in Art History; B.A. Languages.
        Photography Diploma Course through the New York Institute of Photography

        Winner of several Show Case Competitions on New York based online Art Gallery, Artlsant; Merit awards at New York Institute of Photography


        Lecturer and Researcher in Art History at Rand Afrikaans University - 1970’s 1980’s.
        Professional Assistant Johannesburg Art Gallery, Joubert Park - 1970’s.
        Journalism: feature writer for local magazines and international online publications.
        Specialized Journalism: Freelance Art Critic for Media 24 newspapers since 1978, writing on the visual arts and crafts.
        Studied photography to complement journalistic writing in 2002. From that beginning my interest grew in photography as a form of personal expression.

        Capturing movement in all its varied forms - from reflections in pavement splashes, to feelings in people’s facial and bodily expressions.

        METHOD and MEANING:

        Slow shutterspeed, flash, in an attempt to test the expressive qualities of error in a search for meaning.


        Reality and Beyond, Museum Africa, Johannesburg.
        2010 - 2013
        Cape Town School of Photography.

        Affordable Art Exhibition, Manhattan, New York.


        Month of Photography Group Show, Spin Street Gallery, Cape Town


        The Flow of Stone, Waterkant Gallery, Cape Town.


        Still Life In Motion, Mogalakwena Gallery, Church Street, Cape Town

        To Life - Dance It; A Story in Image Words and Movement, in collaboration with Dawn Garisch, printed by Orms, ISBN-978-0-620-55950-8.
    • Interview

      • What is your favourite film of all time?
        “Unbearable Lightness Of Being”,based on the book by Milan Kundera.

        What music are you currently listening to and why?
        Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suites, at once tearing at my heart and uplifting my spirit.

        Which living artists do you most admire and why?
        Roger Ballen, for his unbelievable insight in human nature and the raw, magical quality of his surreal, staged world.

        Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?
        Picasso, for his constant experimentation with new ideas and forms of expression and his marvellous fusion of the spiritual with the erotic as major creative forces.

        Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
        Da Vinci's unfinished painting, “Adoration Of The MagiI”, in Uffizi Gallery, Florence, for the multi-layered, elusive qualities.

        What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?
        ‘Where did you do this or what is it?'I tell them.

        What/ who inspired you to be an artist?
        Two invitations from strangers who wanted to show my pictures that they happened to see on the online gallery where I posted my pictures to learn about photography.This lead to me to think differently about my "holiday snaps".

        Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any, the significance of this location is.
        First in situ, outdoors in a landscape, or in the streets. Then working the mages on my computer, playing with the varying tones, changing colour to black and white and 'painting' back some muted tones. This is when and where what was merely a potentiality when I clicked the shutter, becomes magic for me. Not by introducing new objects or new colours, but by enhancing and emphasizing what has been captured on the sensor by the camera.

        What do you like most about being an artist?
        Expressing what cannot be said in words. Looking through a lens, turns what seemed interesting into something that suggests intrigue. Refining the ability to ssee potential in objects and scenes, before I look through the lens. the extra thrill when the final image on screen or in print resonates with somebody else. The feeling of sharing an experience is great.

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
        Being featured in an online magazine, "camera Obscura" in April 2009, being invited for a solo exhibition May to June 2010, and selling my work to enthusiatic collectors at this local exhibition in Cape Town as well as at a group exhibition at the 'Affordable Art Fair' in New York May 2010.

        What are your plans for the coming year?
        Continue marketing my work at local and online galleries; travelling with my camera, writing an article about the experience and making pictures of that cannot be said in any other way.

        Studio Feature >>

    • Video
  • The Wall - Fine Art Editions by Bettie Coetzee-Lambrecht BETTIE COETZEE-LAMBRECHT
    The Wall
    Fine Art Editions / 46 x 46 cm
  • Mother And Child - Photography by Bettie Coetzee-Lambrecht BETTIE COETZEE-LAMBRECHT
    Mother And Child
    Photography / 42 x 29 cm
  • Still Life In Motion: Cocoon - Fine Art Editions by Bettie Coetzee-Lambrecht BETTIE COETZEE-LAMBRECHT
    Still Life In Motion: Cocoon
    Fine Art Editions / 56 x 84 cm
  • Still Life In Motion: Dance My Shadow - Fine Art Editions by Bettie Coetzee-Lambrecht BETTIE COETZEE-LAMBRECHT
    Still Life In Motion: Dance My Shadow
    Fine Art Editions / 84 x 57 cm
  • Still Life In Motion: Sleep Walker - Fine Art Editions by Bettie Coetzee-Lambrecht BETTIE COETZEE-LAMBRECHT
    Still Life In Motion: Sleep Walker
    Fine Art Editions / 30 x 20 cm
  • Suffer And Reprieve: II - Fine Art Editions by Bettie Coetzee-Lambrecht BETTIE COETZEE-LAMBRECHT
    Suffer And Reprieve: II
    Fine Art Editions / 84 x 38 cm