HERMIEN VAN DER MERWE
Hermien van der Merwe explores through her art, the interaction between fire and rain on Cape Fynbos.
Hermien works in a wide range of arts mediums and Fynbos forms the golden thread through her art. She lives in Oranjezicht in Cape Town, where she walks regularly on the mountain paths in the Table Mountain Nature reserve for inspiration for her work. She studies Fynbos plants in their natural environment and observes the impact of the climate: the drought and fires, as well as the recent rains. She then draws parallels between human beings, spirituality, and the Fynbos that she loves.
Through her theme and application, she raises awareness of the Fynbos Biosphere to preserve Fynbos for future generations - preferably as a living, adaptable Biome but also immortalized in art.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
1992 – 1995 B.Prim.Ed.Art University of Stellenbosch
2011 Advanced painting course Ruth Prowse School of Art
2011-present Full-time artist
2005-2007: Annual Solo exhibition: KKNK, Oudtshoorn
2008-2009: Annual Group Exhibition: The Mill, Philadelphia, Cape Town
2012: Group exhibition: Rust-and-Vrede art gallery, Durbanville, Cape Town
2013: Zivaglo Light show, Woordfest, Stellenbosch
2013: New Signatures Art Exhibition: Alice Art Gallery, Johannesburg
2013-2014: Annual Group Exhibition: Rust-en-Vrede Art Gallery, Durbanville, Cape Town
2014 Solo exhibition, "Flower where you are planted" Rust-and-Vrede art gallery,
Durbanville, Cape Town
2015: Group exhibition, "Homer Sapiens", ANPA Gallery, Franschhoek
2017: Solo Exhibition: “Composing Art”, Welgemeend, Cape Town
2018: Solo Exhibition: ‘Come Fire, Come Rain’, Welgemeend, Cape Town
2018: Strauss & Co. group exhibition: "Boundaries" South African women artists over the
past 100 years; Welgemeend, Cape Town
2018: Group exhibition: “What we need is here”, Welgemeend, Cape Town
2019: Solo exhibition: "Let it rain", The Old Agricultural Hall, Stellenbosch
Blauwdruk Gallery, Stellenbosch
A series of lino prints are exhibited at Table Mountain in Cape Town in ‘The Shop at the Top’, where
two of my artworks have also been enlarged on wallpaper.
Die Kunshuis gallery, Clanwilliam
Art @ 39Long, Great Brak River
Artvark Gallery, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Gallery One11, Cape Town
iKKat Gallery, Seapoint, Cape Town