Cell: +2784 750 9988
Email: bevaneleven@gmail.com

“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.”

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.