Johannes Du Plessis 'Provenance' Exhibition - Western Cape , Paarl

Art - Western Cape - Paarl

Johannes Du Plessis 'Provenance' Exhibition

When: Saturday, 27 October 2012
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Where: Gallery88 , Paarl , Western Cape



Well-known South African artist, Johannes du Plessis, has been exhibiting locally and abroad since 1982 and will be showcasing his latest exhibition titled ‘Provenance’ from 27 October to 27 November 2012, at Gallery88 in Paarl.

Born and raised in the Eastern Cape, Du Plessis revealed his artistic talent at a young age. Upon completing his schooling at Piet Retief Technical high school in 1972, du Plessis went on to obtain a HND in Fine Arts: Paint and Sculpture at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth in 1979. Creating art on a daily basis, he works on large and small canvases as well as creating paper and bronze sculptures when commissioned.

With the exhibition at Gallery 88 focusing on numerous landscapes, Du Plessis explains where the inspiration for his works on exhibit originated: “If I recall my childhood, the Karoo where I grew up with its open spaces, wide vastness and rocky hills had a fundamental and conscious impact on my intuition.” Fortunately, as a South African artist, du Plessis has the privilege of living the experience that nature presents, paying attention to the finest details. Says Du Plessis: “Although I approach my landscapes in a more abstract and fragmented way, it’s still important for me to reproduce recognisable elements and forms. I accentuate some parts that describe the perspective, which depict forms of rocks and trees which fade away in the distance, in closer detail."

Du Plessis’ work has been described as impulsive, unplanned and spontaneous much like the Expressionism movement. “At first glance, my work appears to be marked out in parts, which is then applied on the canvas in one movement with a presumptuous and bold handling of a flat instrument,” adds Du Plessis. He notes that with his landscapes depicting the recreation of earth, as a dream world of fantasy in where he wants to find himself, his imagination takes him on a journey. “It’s like a prelude or overture to an opera full of mysteries and intrigues. The final ending is a symphony with a dramatic signature,” says Du Plessis.

Du Plessis has exhibited both locally and overseas in the last 30 years. Exhibitions include a group French painting competition in 1994 and again in 1995 where he was invited again to the competition. He also took part in a two-man exhibition in 1997 in Zurich and in the Netherlands in 2001. In between those, he also took part in a solo exhibition in Zurich in 1999 and again in 2002 in Meerbusch, Germany.

Johannes du Plessis’ upcoming solo exhibition at Gallery88, Paarl, is titled ‘Provenance’. It runs from 27 October to 27 November 2012. More information is available from Gallery88, Paarl, 021 863 3552 or visit


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