Rene Johansen is an artist living and working in Cape Town, South Africa. Her frequent travels to The United Kingdom influence her search into landscapes
‘My paintings seek to explore the essence of land, place and belonging. Their dreamlike qualities reference a place one cant quite put their finger on but inherently know. It speaks to the connection that we as humans hold with the landscape.
Our relationship to the natural world is often strained in society, keeping and developing networks is vital to my process.
The process often starts with an intense searching for scenes within a landscape. This takes place in everyday life, collecting visual imagery as I go. I then go back to my studio and work largely from memory of these scenes. This give me the chance to reinterpret the landscape, focussing on the areas genius loci or the spirit of the place.
The hazy paintings allows one to lose themselves in a mental reverie. Like a daydream they are open to individual interpretation.’
2011-2017 Bachelor in Visual Arts, University of South Africa
2007- 2009 Higher National Diploma in Multi Media Journalism, Edexcel
Whow Studios, Curiosities of Wandering 2017, 4th year Unisa work, Durbanville
ArtB Gallery, UNISA 3rd and 4th level Visual Arts Show 2015, Bellville
Association of Arts Pretoria, Sasol New Signatures 2016, Pretoria
AVA Gallery, UNISA Graduate Show 2016, Cape Town
Whow Studios, Traces 2017, Durbanville
AVA Gallery, Cape Town Salon 2017, Cape Town
State of the Art, August 2018, Cape Town
Sasol New Signatures finalist 2016