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Fynbos Overflow; Leucadendrons; Low Res
2019_ Monotype_ Plentiful II_
2019_ Monotype_ Connection 430 x 320mm.j
2020; Overflow III; 1100 x 1100mm; Oil.j

Artist Hermien van der Merwe is fascinated by Cape fynbos plants.
Living at the foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, Hermien is embraced by inspiration for her work. She regularly walks along the nearby mountain paths in the Table Mountain Nature Reserve, absorbing her surroundings with all her senses.
“I see buds appear, flowers open and seeds form as the seasons change. I smell the foliageand feel the mountain air against my skin. I pause at interesting leaves and cones – feelingtheir textures,” says Hermien.

It is in this walking, seeing, touching, breathing in... that Hermien observes the interaction between fire, drought, and rain on Cape fynbos. She is constantly exploring the parallel between the physical and the spiritual, as she engages with nature as creation.
Hermien hopes to raise awareness for fynbos and preserve it for future generations – preferably as a living, adaptable biome but also immortalized in art.


Artist’s Statement
For this exhibition, I include prints of my new fynbos artworks in oil paint - all done during
and after lockdown in 2020. The theme that I worked with is ‘Abundace’ and ‘Overflow’ in
contrast to the restrictions that we all had to live with. These paintings were made to bring
pleasure, colour and freedom into our lives in this tense time.
I used fynbos plants as my inspiration but deviated from the original colours and shapes early
in my creative process, as I wanted to portray freedom in my mark making with vibrant
colours and strong contrasts. The creative process of layering lights over darks, connects
perfectly with the exhibition theme: Subsurface Scattering.


1992 – 1995: B.Prim.Ed.Art at the University of Stellenbosch

1996 – 1998: Art Teacher at De Kuilen Primary School

1998 – 2001: Travel in Europe and Canada

2001 – 2010: Artist; Art Teacher

2011: Completed an advanced art course at the Ruth Prowse School of Art in Cape Town

2011 – Present: Full time artist in Durbanville, Cape Town



2005: Solo exhibition: KKNK, Oudtshoorn

2006: Solo exhibition: KKNK, Oudtshoorn

2007: Solo exhibition: KKNK, Oudtshoorn

2008: Group exhibition: The Meul, Philadelphia, Cape Town

2009: Group exhibition: The Meul, Philadelphia, Cape Town

2010: Group exhibition: The Meul, Philadelphia, Cape Town

2012: Group exhibition: Durbanville Arts and Cultural Society

2013: Zivaglo Light Show, Woordfest, Stellenbosch

2013: New Signatures exhibition: Alice Art Gallery, Johannesburg

2013: Group Exhibition: Durbanville Arts and Cultural Society

2014: Group Exhibition: Rust and Vrede Gallery, Durbanville, "The Grand"

2014: Solo Exhibition, Rust and Vrede Gallery, Durbanville: "Blom waar jy geplant is" (Flower where you are sown)

2015: Group Exhibition, ANPA Galery, Franschhoek: "Homer Sapiens"

2015: Solo Exhibition, Hermien van der Merwe Gallery, Durbanville

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

 2019: Group exhibition: “Fynbos en die emmer obsessie’, Welgemeend, Cape Town

2019:  Group exhibition: “Natura: Botanica Terrarum”, Gallery One11, Cape Town


2019_ Throw_ 'New Life'_ 2640x1460mm_edi

'New Life'.
Throw/tablecloth: Fynbos artwork printed on natural linen.
  2640x1460mm. Edition 1/10.
R6 520

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