About The Artist

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Artist Biography

Bevan de Wet (b.1985) is an independent artist and printmaker based in Johannesburg. He graduated with a BFA with distinction from Rhodes University in 2008. From 2011-2016, de Wet worked at the Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg as a professional print technician, collaborator, and academic facilitator. During this time, he worked with artists such as Gerhard Marx, William Kentridge, Norman Catherine, Doris Bloom and The Handspring Puppet Company. He simultaneously facilitated regular printmaking workshops at the Sharon Sampson studio.

 

De Wet currently practices as a full time artist and works primarily with paper, exploring mostly etching, relief printing, papermaking, painting and paper folding techniques. He has exhibited extensively, both locally and internationally, including Bevan de Wet, New Forms: A Study of Broken Parallels, Candice Berman Gallery (2017), Origins & Trajectories, Paris (2016); International Printmaking Alliance Exhibition, China (2016-17); Bevan de Wet: Vestige, NIROX Projects (2014). The artist’s work is held in a number of private and public collections including The Wits Art Museum, the South African Embassy in Washington DC, and the Ahmanson Foundation in Los Angeles.

 

In 2012, de Wet was awarded a fellowship from the Ampersand Foundation (New York 2013) and also received the Thami Mnyele Art on Paper Merit Award. In 2014 he was an ABSA L’Atelier Merit Award Winner with the Sylt Foundation, granting him a 2 month residency on the Island of Sylt (Germany 2015). He also received an ImpACT Award for Visual Art from the Arts and Culture Trust. In 2017, de Wet is currently working on 2 solo exhibitions and will travel to Ireland in August 2017 for the Cill Rialaig Artists Residency.

Artist Statement

"My artistic practice engages with symbolic, cultural and anthropological readings of the body. The use of hybridity and anthropomorphism becomes a tool for negotiating the dichotomy between the civilized self and the instinctive, untamed self. This forms the basis for narratives that attempt to deconstruct history and identity. There is an engagement with the skins surface as a boundary, receptive to patterning, mapping and fragmenting. Through this fracturing of imagery, I further investigate notions of displacement and belonging, to evoke a sense of unease and disconnectedness. This is of particular relevance to my own cultural history".

"Currently, I am interrogating the body more as a concept of space, working with landscape and exploring land itself as a body. The deconstructed elements that previously mapped out the surface of the body, almost topographically, now extend beyond it, to form extensive spatial platforms in themselves. In approaching the South African landscape from a collection of viewpoints and contexts, and largely from memory, I am defining and undefining, perpetually deconstructing and redefining this body and its context. The new rendering of these spaces allows for a more fluid and abstract working platform."

Artist CV

Education

2008:
Rhodes University, Grahamstown (2005 - 2008)
BFA (with distinction in Studio Practice)
Studio Practice: Professional art submission in the form of a final exhibition entitled Hybrid Identities
Art History and Visual Culture: Thesis: Tattoo: The Human Body as Art.

2003: Vega School of Brand Communications

2002:
Roosevelt High School (1998 - 2002)
Matric Senior Certificate with Endorsement
Diploma in Information Technology and End User Computing

Awards & Affiliations

2014:
ImpACT Award for Young Professionals, Visual Arts Winner, Arts and Culture Trust.
ABSA L'Atelier Merit Award Winner, Sylt Foundation Residency Germany 2015.
Visiting Artists Residency Program, Bag Factory.


2012:
Thami Mnyele Art on Paper Merit Award.
Ampersand Foundation Fellowship & Residency New York 2013.


2008: Deans List for Academic Merit, Rhodes University


1999:
Academic Achievement in Art
Academic Achievement in Technical Drawing

Primary Work Experience

2011 - 2016: Proshop Print technician, collaborator and Art Prac Facilitator at Artist Proof Studio, Newtown, JHB.

2011 - 2016: Printmaking Workshop Facilitator, Sharon Sampson Studio, Illovo, JHB.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018: Drawing on Entropy, Hazard Gallery, JHB
  • 2017: New Forms: A Study of Broken Parallels, Candice Berman Gallery, JHB
  • 2016: Drawing Rooms, with City Soiree, JHB
  • 2014: Vestige, NIROX Projects, JHB
  • 2013: Masquerade, Montserrat College of Art, Massachusetts USA
  • 2013: Bevan de Wet, Gordon Gallery, Boston Arts Academy, Boston USA
  • 2008: Hybrid Identities, Observatory Museum, Grahamstown, South Africa

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017:

  • Turbine Art Fair, Turbine Hall, JHB (booths include Candice Berman Gallery, The Art Room, Artist Proof Studio)
  • One Colour at a Time, Contemporary Screenprints, WITS Art Museum, JHB
  • International Printmaking Alliance Exhibition, (touring) Nanjing Jinling Art Museum; Tianjin Art Museum; Shijiazhuang Art Museum; Shenzen Guanlan Original Printmaking Exhibition, China

2016:

  • Fierce.Now, Afrovibes Festival, Compagnie Theater, Amsterdam.
  • International Printmaking Alliance Exhibition, Taimiao Art Gallery, The Imperial Ancestral Temple, Beijing
  • FNB Joburg Art Fair, APS Gallery Stand, Sandton Convention Centre, JHB
  • The Forgotten, Lizamore & Associates, JHB
  • WakaWaka, AGOG, JHB
  • I Objekt, Art It Is gallery, JHB
  • Korean Contemporary Printmakers Association Biennial, International Printmedia Festival, Seoul.
  • Passage, Southern Hemisphere International Printmaking Exhibition, The Jincheon Print Museum, Jincheon, Korea.
  • Turbine Art Fair, Turbine Hall, JHB (booths include Guns&Rain, The Art Room, LL Editions).
  • Origins & Trajectories, PIASA, Paris
  • Interlude, No End Contemporary, JHB.
  • Performing Wo/Man, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein.
  • Travel, Fourthwall Books, JHB & That Art Fair, Cape Town
  • Fetish, Priest, JHB

2015:

  • Bleeding Edge, Afrovibes Festival, Campagnietheater, Amsterdam
  • FNB Joburg Art Fair, APS Gallery Stand, Sandton Convention Centre, JHB
  • Sasol Signatures 2015, finalist, Pretoria Art Museum, PTA
  • We see (in) the Dark, Life Collection, MOAD, JHB
  • Turbine Art Fair, Turbine Hall, JHB (booths include Guns&Rain, Candice Berman Gallery, Dead Bunny Society, and Artist Proof Studio).
  • Last Night I had the Strangest Dream, TwilSharp Studios, JHB
  • Fetish: Traversing the Occupied Body, ArtEC, Port Elizabeth & Albany Museum, Grahamstown.
  • The Collaborative Spirit, No Man's Art Gallery, Amsterdam
  • Progeny, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria
  • The Macabre, Underculture Contemporary, Port Elizabeth
  • My Land, My Land, ABSA KKNK, Oudshoorn
  • Love Thy Neighbour, Twilsharp Studios, JHB
  • A Journey of Reconciliation, Laband Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2014:

  • Pulling Roots, Bosheuvel Country Estate, JHB
  • Altered Terrain, Exchange Rates - Bushwick International Art Expo, Brooklyn, NY
  • Jan Royce Gallery Launch Exhibition, Cape Town
  • Bevan de Wet Vestige, NIROX Projects, JHB
  • Degrees of Separation, ABSA Gallery, JHB
  • Reprinted, Bayliss Gallery, JHB
  • Performing Wo/Man, UJ Art Gallery, JHB
  • TWENTY: Contemporary Art from South Africa, Turchin Center for Visual Arts, North Carolina.
  • Sylt Foundation Stand, Turbine Art Fair, JHB
  • ABSA L'Atelier Art competition exhibition finals, Top 10, ABSA Towers, JHB
  • Showcase One, Bayliss Gallery, JHB
  • MixTape, An exhibition of Work by the Master Printers, Artist Proof Studio, JHB
  • Animal, Collaborative work in a solo show by Johan Thom, NIROX Projects, JHB
  • Kunsuitstalling, Artspace Annual Exhibition, Jan Celliers School, JHB
  • South African Voices: A New Generation of Printmakers, Washington Printmakers Gallery, Washington DC

2013:

  • ZOO, NIROX Projects, JHB
  • Youngblood, Beautiful Life Building, Cape Town
  • Multiplied Art Fair, Christies Auction House, London
  • Alice in Wonderland, 150 year anniversary, Longstreet Art Lovers 1932, Pretoria
  • FNB Joburg Art Fair, APS Gallery Stand, Sandton Convention Centre, JHB
  • David Brown Printmaking Exhibition, Old Sandton Gallery, JHB
  • Joburg Art Fair Fringe, Sandton Shopping Centre, JHB
  • Ogilvy & Mather Art Appreciation Evening, Bryanston, JHB
  • Thami Mnyele Fine Art Awards, Top 15, Coen Scholtz Rec Centre, Kempton Park
  • Diptych Group Exhibition, Assemblage, Liberty Building, JHB
  • LvA Art Auction, Stephan Welz & Co, JHB
  • Turbine Art Fair, Newtown, JHB
  • Printers Show @ Kalashnikovv Gallery, Braamfontein, JHB
  • Antiques and Decorative Arts Fair, Sandton Convention Centre, JHB
  • The Garden @ Tokara Wine Farm, Stellenbosch
  • Making Connections, Southern Graphics Conference International, Milwaukee, USA
  • Kunsuitstalling, Annual Exhibition, Jan Celliers School, JHB

2012:

  • 3 man show at Trent-Art Gallery, Pretoria
  • Annual Group Show, Sharon Sampson Print Studio, JHB
  • FNB Joburg Art Fair, APS Gallery Stand, Sandton Convention Centre, JHB
  • David Brown Printmaking Exhibition, Old Sandton Gallery, JHB
  • Thami Mnyele Fine Art Awards, Coen Scholtz Rec Centre, Kempton Park
  • Group show at The Discovery Invest Leadership Summit, Sandton Convention Centre, JHB
  • Coming of Age: 21 years of Artist Proof Studio, Johannesburg Art Gallery, JHB
  • ABSA L'Atelier Art competition exhibition, Top 100 Finalist, ABSA Towers, JHB
  • Circles, Cycles and Seasons, Strydom Gallery, George
  • Kunsuitstalling, Annual Exhibition, Jan Celliers School, JHB

2011:

  • Annual Group Show, Sharon Sampson Print Studio, JHB
  • Art on Paper, Casa Labia Galleria, Muizenberg, Cape Town
  • Artist Proof Studio and Blue Door Studio group show, Sandton Gallery, JHB
  • Assemblage Group Show @ The Fringe, Braamfontein, JHB
  • Roommates - The Mute Opera, with Paul Boulitreau, UJ Gallery, JHB
  • Out of the Wood, Strydom Gallery, George
  • Kunsuitstalling, Annual Exhibition, Jan Celliers School, JHB.

2010:

  • L'Origine du Monde - This is not a porn song, Snowflake Group Show, Aardklop
  • National Art festival, North West University, Potchefstroom.
  • Artist Proof Studio showcasing of prints for the Fifa World Cup at the ABSA Art Gallery, ABSA Towers North, JHB
  • Bevan de Wet at The Art Room, Melville, JHB
  • FNB Joburg Art Fair, APS Gallery stand, Sandton Convention Centre, JHB

2009:

  • A Sign of the Times - Wayfinding, Impact VI Print Conference, Bristol, UK
  • 6 sides 2 every story, Western Nevada College, Carson City, USA
  • FNB Joburg Art Fair, APS Gallery stand, Sandton Convention Centre, JHB
  • Sasol New Signatures Competition Exhibition, Top 100, JHB
  • Printing Money, The South African Print Gallery, Woodstock, Cape Town
  • Fetish Object, Gordart Gallery, Parkwood, JHB

2007: ABSA L'Atelier Art competition exhibition, Top 100 Finalist, ABSA Towers, JHB

Residencies

2017: Cill Rialaig Arts Residency, Ireland

2015: Sylt Foundation Residency, Germany

2014: Bag Factory Artist Residency, Johannesburg

2013: Ampersand Fellowship Residency, New York

Press/Publications

2017: Etching a Legacy: Bevan de Wet, Skyways Magazine, July 2017.

2016: Origines & Trajectoires, Art Contemporain Africain et de la Diaspora. June 2016.

2015:
Tracing the Historical. Published by Classic Feel Magazine, South Africa, August 2015.
This is True Africa. Published by African Travel Market Magazine, South Africa, May 2015.
Art as an Investment. Published by Nedbank Private Wealth Magazine, South Africa, April 2015.
Opening a Window on Art From Africa. Published by Oxford Development Matters Magazine, UK, 2015.
Images featured in Seasons of Life Magazine, Russia, 2015.


2014:
The Collector's Guide to Art & Artists in South Africa, 3rd edition. Published by The South African Institute of Artists & Designers, November 2014.
Hyperallergic: Exhibition Review: Exchange Rates, Brooklyn, NYC.

2013: Bevan de Wet: Creating his own Mythology. Published by ONE SMALL SEED Magazine, South Africa, September 30, 2013.