ARTIST’S BIO

I am a versatile artist and language practitioner, who works as –

Susan, Witelkskop profile picARTIST / BOOK ILLUSTRATOR  / CARTOONIST / PORTRAITIST / ART TEACHER / TRANSLATOR / JOURNALIST / COPYWRITER.

I paint mostly in oils, love sculpting, and meet deadly deadlines as illustrator.

My trademark is variety.

I have a BA degree in languages and a commercial art diploma and took classes in painting (watercolours and acrylics) and commercial art, but invaluable constructive feedback from fellow-artists, copying of the works of the Old Masters, lots of portrait work, constant experimenting, and teaching art as a school subject constitute the bigger part of my growth and learning as an artist.

I taught painting, sculpture and graphic design  for five years up to matric level at the Lientjie Blok Art Centre at Vredenburg on the West Coast (South Africa).

I paint subjects ranging from realistic landscapes, still lives, seascapes and portraits to dreamscapes and imaginary scenes. Portraits are done in oils, pastels, pencil or charcoal, from life or from photographs; wildlife mostly from photographs in conjunction with fellow-artist and photographer Jackie During.

I also do commissioned copies of paintings of the Old Masters, such as Gustav Klimt, Thomas Gainsborough and John William Waterhouse.

Sculpture includes ceramics, papier maché and assemblages comprising ceramics, found materials, plastic, hardware products and materials, and natural materials.

Some paintings are done from reference material, others just happen. The latter are never consciously conceived. Some works of art just announce themselves; they have a life of their own and even choose their own frames. This process makes art an adventure for me.

EDUCATION

BA degree (languages), Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (1981)

Commercial Art Diploma, INTEC College, Cape Town (1995)

FIELDS OF EXPERIENCE

ART: Painting, drawing, sculpting, book illustration, reproduction of the Old Masters, cartooning, teaching.

OTHER: Journalism/writing, editing, design, translation, public relations, publishing, blogging.

EXHIBITIONS

1989 and 1990: Annual members’ exhibitions of Eastern Province Society of Fine Arts, king George Gallery, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape.

1995: “The Walls Sing” exhibition by Free State artists at Grahamstown Art Festival and at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein, Free State.

1995 to 1999: Individual exhibitions and group exhibitions in Bloemfontein, Jeffreys Bay (Eastern Cape) and the West Coast (Western Cape).

2002: Evita’s Perron, Darling.

2004: Group miniature exhibition “30×30”, Rust & Vrede Gallery, Durbanville, Western Cape).

2005: The “Olivia” exhibition, Art Orchard, Riebeek Kasteel (Riebeek Valley Festival).

2005: Group exhibition “Valentyn”, at Die Ateljee, Piketberg, Western Cape.

2006: Group exhibition “55 Teapots”, at Johan Smith Art Gallery, Clarens, Free State.

2007: Group exhibition: “Mystery Miniatures” at Die Ateljee, Piketberg (Dec. 2007 to Jan. 2008).

2008: Group exhibition with Velddrif artists at Pelican Harbour (January).

2008: Group exhibition: The “Still” exhibition at Die Ateljee, Piketberg (March).

2008: FIVE group exhibitions with West Coast Art Guild at Paternoster Hotel (March); Farmhouse Hotel, Langebaan (April); Weskusplek, Jakobsbaai (April); Riviera Hotel, Velddrif (August); Longacres Wine Estate, Langebaan.

2008: FOUR group exhibitions with Velddrif Art Society at Pelican Harbour (Summer, Winter, Spring, and Summer).

2008: Group exhibition: “Celebrate Women” at Bay Gallery, Langebaan (July/August).

2008 Members’ exhibition with Stellenbosch Art Association.

2009: Summer exhibition (group) at Bay Gallery, Langebaan (Dec. 2008/Jan. 2009).

2009: Spring Exhibition (group) at Bay Gallery, Langebaan.

2010: Opening Exhibition, AntheA Delmotte Gallery, Piketberg.

2010: Historical Buildings of Piketberg, AntheA Delmotte Gallery, Piketberg.

2010:Painting from the heart, AntheA Delmotte Gallery, Piketberg.

2010: Verlorenvlei Exhibition, AntheA Delmotte Gallery, Piketberg.

2010: 16 Days of Activism, AntheA Delmotte Gallery, Piketberg.

2011: Generic Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, AntheA Delmotte Gallery, Piketberg.

2011: Solo Exhibition, AntheA Delmotte Gallery, Piketberg.

 

COMPETITIONS

2003: Winner of Riebeek Valley Olive Festival Art Competition in the Western Cape (South Africa) for label of “Olivia” festival wine.

2004: Winner of Riebeek Valley Olive Festival Art Competition for label of “Olivia” festival wine.



BOOKS ILLUSTRATED (for South African publishers)

2006: Paaltjies Spat!, by Licia Erasmus (Heinemann Publisher’s Lees is Maklik series).

2007: Die Krokkitor, by Licia Erasmus (published by the Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor Project, Porterville, Western Cape).

2007: Die Krokkitor Werkboekie, (published by the Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor Project, Porterville, Western Cape).

2009: Die Krokkitor II, by Licia Erasmus (published by the Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor Project, Porterville, Western Cape).

2009: Zombies in die mall, by Licia Erasmus (Heinemann’s Lees is Maklik series).

2009: Kabbo se ontdekking, by Beneta Bester (Heinemann’s Lees is Maklik series).

2009: 10 Stars Literacy Work Book, Grade 5 (published by Heinemann, co-illustrated).

2009: Alice (provisional title), to be published by Licia Erasmus.

2010: Linte vir ‘n Donkie, by Beneta Bester (Heinemann’s Lees is Maklik series).

2010: Afrikaans is Maklik Graad 10 Leerboek (Heinemann Publishers, co-illustrated).

2010: Grade 1 Spot On Lifeskills (Heinemann Publishers, co-illustrated).

2010: Sinothile Grade 1 Learner Book (Heinemann Publishers, co-illustrated).

2010: Sinothile Grade 4 Learner Book (Heinemann Publishers, co-illustrated).

2012: Thanya Grade 5 Learner Book (Heinemann Publishers, co-illustrated).

2012: KwaXhosa Grade 6 Learner Book (Heinemann Publishers).

2012: Keys to English Grade 5 Learner Book (Heinemann Publishers, co-illustrated).

2012: Jaws Series (seventeen titles) (Heinemann Publishers)

2012: KwaXhosa Grade 8 Learner Book (Heinemann Publishers).

2012: Sinothile Grade 8 Learner Book (Heinemann Publishers, co-illustrated.)

2013: Sepedi Core Reader Grade 8 (Heinemann Publishers)..



POSTER SETS

2012: Posters for Spot On English Teachers’ Guide, Grade 7.

2012: Posters for Spot On English Teachers’ Guide, Grade 8.

2012: Posters for Spot On English Teachers’ Guide, Grade 9.



BOOK COVER DESIGNS

2006: Paaltjies Spat!, by Licia Erasmus (Heinemann Publisher’s Lees is Maklik series).

2007: Die Krokkitor, by Licia Erasmus (published by the Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor Project, Porterville, Western Cape).

2009: Die Krokkitor II, by Licia Erasmus (published by the Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor Project, Porterville, Western Cape).

2009: Zombies in die mall, by Licia Erasmus (Heinemann’s Lees is Maklik series).

2009: Kabbo se ontdekking, by Beneta Bester (Heinemann’s Lees is Maklik series).

2010: Linte vir ‘n Donkie, by Beneta Bester (Heinemann’s Lees is Maklik series).

2013: Book cover for Umlisa Oxakile (Heinemann Publishers).

2013: Book cover for Kabbo Tooren (Heinemann Publishers).

 

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