ABOUT NOELEEN

I am a full time artist living and working in Kommetjie, on a peninsula between the mountains and the ocean at the tip of Africa. Living in this environment provides great inspiration for visual expression and is the inspirational source of most of my artworks and ideas.  I devote my time to both teaching printmaking classes and workshops and to art-making for exhibition.

In 2013 I completed a degree in conceptual visual art and turned from a career in Graphic Design to being a full time artist.

Printmaking is my preferred medium, nourishing my intrigue for both mark-making and texture where I enjoy the excavation of an etching plate as much as the layering of tone and line on a monotype or drawing. As the image emerges from the plate, I find there is an ongoing balancing act between the artwork and the idea, and my sense of self as the artist.

As a South African artist, I am inspired by the land in both a geographical as well as a spiritual sense. Experiences and observations of land/scape and a sense of place, often underpin my artwork, with sometimes abstract and symbolic imagery giving a deeper sense of meaning to the work.

I engage with the landscape, through mapping and aerial perspectives alluding to liminal or in-between spaces, and offset these with more intricate imagery of flora and immediate environmental issues.

My intrinsic and enduring desire is to share my passion for the joy of art-making through the etching classes and printmaking workshops that I offer, as well as exhibiting my ideas and imagery in the artworks I create as an overflow of this gift.

Printmaking Artist

ARTIST CV

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020

Light from Dark, Spin Street Gallery, Cape Town

2019     

Kommetjie Open Studios, Noeleen Kleve Studio, Cape Town
Say Africa, White River Gallery, White River
Winter Life, Studio Gallery, Simonstown
RMB Turbine Art Fair, White River Gallery, Johannesburg
SA Fine Art Print Fair FAP19, Parktown, Johannesburg
NANO 1.3, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town
Paper Works, Gardens, Cape Town

2018     

Summer Salon, White River Gallery,
Printmakers of Venice, MOK Gallery, Stellenbosch
Flight, art.b, Bellville)
Turbine Art Fair, White River Gallery, Johannesburg
A Palette of Short Stories, White River Gallery, White River
Journey in Print, Whow Studios, Durbanville

2017     

SA Fine Art Print Fair FAP17, GIBS, Johannesburg
Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Annual Show, Venice
Buzzted, Art@Almenkerk, Elgin
Drought, Artvark, Kalk Bay
Clare, Theo, Johann & Friends, art.b, Bellville
Up My Sleeve, Mok Gallery, Stellenbosch
Fear & Loss: The Industrial Karoo, Khazimla, De Aar

2016      

Curated Collections 35, StateoftheArt, Online
20/20 Hindsite, Mullers Gallery, Cape Town
Fear & Loss: The Industrial Karoo, Jan Rupert Art Centre, Graaff Reinet

2015     

Two, Smith Gallery, Cape Town
outoftheCUBE at Fried Contemporary Gallery, Pretoria
Turbine Art Fair, Turbine Hall, Johannesburg
Red Data Pavilion, Public space, Venice, Italy
Fear & Loss: The Industrial Karoo, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria

2014

Fear&Loss, Oliewenhuis Kuns Museum, Bloemfontein
Music & Lyrics, Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville
Vernissage, Lookout Gallery, Plettenberg Bay
Parergons of the Divine Virgule, ARTEC, Port Elizabeth

2013

Misconstruction, outoftheCUBE, online
Storyline: exploring narrative in visual art prints, Lovell Gallery, Cape Town
I am an African, Grande Provence, Franschhoek

2012

Fear & Loss – 2052 Karoo, KKNK Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudsthoorn
2052 Karoo – Fear & Loss, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
Walk this Earth Alone, Grande Provence Gallery, Franschhoek
Dolerite – 2052 Karoo, Prince Albert Festival, Prince Albert
UNISA Graduate Exhibition, Lovell Gallery, Cape Town
Beautiful Print Making, Youngblood Gallery, Cape Town

2011

Berg, Athol Fugard Festival, Nieu Bethesda
Print, Rust-en-Vrede, Cape Town
Animals in law and society: perspectives from Africa and beyond, UNISA, Pretoria
Unisa 3rd Year Group Exhibition, art.b, Bellville

2010

[In]sight, Rust-en-Vrede, Cape Town
Print, These Four Walls, Cape Town

EDUCATION

2006 – 2013
Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours) – UNISA

2010 – 2011
Printmaking under Judy Woodborne (part-time)

1995
Photoshop, Freehand – MacTrain Computer Graphics College

1980 – 1983
Diploma in Graphic Design – Ruth Prowse School of Art

INTERNSHIPS

2014          
Warren Editions – printmaking
2012
Warren Editions – printmaking

RESIDENCIES

2017
Scuola di Grafica – Venice

2018
Kommetjie & Karoo, printmaking

AWARDS

2012
Sasol New Signatures, finalist
2013
Thami Mnyele, finalist
2019
Eclectica Print Award, finalist

ART TUITION & WORKSHOPS PRESENTED

2011 – 2012
Expression Sessions – LifeXchange Youth at Risk, Ocean View

2014 – 2020
Etching Classes – ongoing, my studio, Kommetjie

2016
Joy of the Journey – therapeutic art course, my studio, Kommetjie

2016 – 2017
Therapeutic art sessions – False Bay Hospital

2016 – 2018
Various printmaking workshops – WHOW Studios, Durbanville

2018
FLIGHT Soft ground workshop for art.b Gallery, my studio, Kommetjie

2015 – 2020
Various printmaking workshops at my own studio, Kommetjie

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