Night Pools III

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Gina Heyer

Medium:

Oil on Board, 2017

Dimensions:

30cm x 30cm

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ABOUT GINA HEYER

 Gina Heyer was born in Natal, South Africa. In 2006 she obtained a BA Fine Arts degree at Stellenbosch University and in 2011 a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts (Cum Laude) specializing in photorealistic painting. Heyer taught drawing and painting part time at Stellenbosch University for 9 years. She has had two solo shows, ‘Threshold’ and ‘Order + Division’, and has participated in numerous group shows, mostly in Cape Town. Currently she paints full time from her Stellenbosch home where she lives with her husband and two daughters

In Gina Heyer’s most recent paintings of night swimming pools and moonlit courtyards, a moment of calm is distilled in paint, but that silence and stillness balances precariously on the edge of something more ominous. These spaces emerge as recurrent dreams where familiar scenes are revisited but each time something is altered. As spaces of transition and passage they urge the viewer to pass through, a reminder that one’s stay is temporary, and yet there is an urge to linger. The viewer’s gaze stalks the night and probes the dark spaces in search of something. Perhaps that something is just a feeling or an absorbing of a fully present visual moment; an observation of light interacting with solids and liquids, like visual alchemy. The paintings purposefully bring the seamless illusion of space and depth into tension with their flatness as almost paper-thin veneers on flat and floating boards. Mundane and familiar spaces become beautiful and strange when stilled and eternally fixed through the slow and painstaking layering of paint.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012    ‘ORDER AND DIVISION’, BRUNDYN + GONSALVES (CAT), CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
2010    ‘THRESHOLD’, IART GALLERY, CAPE TOWN (CAT), SOUTH AFRICA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019    ‘A SMALLER SCALE’, EBONY/CURATED, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2017     20 YEAR BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION, KNYSNA FINE ART, KNYSNA, SOUTH AFRICA

2017    ‘FLUID: PERSPECTIVES IN PAINT’, BARNARD GALLERY, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2016    CLARE, THEO, JOHANN & FRIENDS, ART.B GALLERY, BELVILLE, SOUTH AFRICA

2016    ‘NANO’, BARNARD GALLERY, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2016    MONO/LINO: THEO, JONO, CLARE AND FRIENDS, ART.B GALLERY, BELVILLE, SOUTH AFRICA

2016    ‘HOME TRUTH: DOMESTIC INTERIORS IN SOUTH AFRICA’, IZIKO SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL GALLERY, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2015-16    ‘DEFINING THE NARRATIVE’, GALLERY MOMO, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2015    JAMESTOWN ART EXHIBITION, RYNSE KERK, STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA

2015    ‘HOWEVER, WORKS ON PAPER BY SOUTH AFRICAN ARTISTS’. ART HUB GALLERY, LONDON, UK

2015    ‘IMAGO MUNDI’ – LUCIANO BENETTON COLLECTION, MAP OF THE NEW ART, VENEZIA – FONDAZIONNE, ITALY

2015    GRAFEN GRAVEN: US VISUAL ARTS DEPARTMENT STAFF EXHIBITION, GUS, STELLENBOSCH

2014-15    IMAGO MUNDI – LUCIANO BENETTON COLLECTION, THE ART WORLD, MUSEO BILOTTI, ROME, ITALY  CINI, ISOLA DI SAN GIORGIO MAGGIORE, VENICE, ITALY

2014    IMAGO MUNDI – LUCIANO BENETTON COLLECTION, CA’ DEI CARRARESI, TREVISO, ITALY

2014    ‘BRAVE NEW WORLD’ 20 YEARS OF DEMOCRACY, IZIKO SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL GALLERY, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2013    PAINT+ EXPERIMENTAL VENTURES INTO EXPANDED PAINTING, BRUNDYN+GONSALVES, NIROX PROJECTS, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

2012-13    MATERIAL / REPRESENTATION, BRUNDYN+GONSALVES, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2011    JO-BURG ART FAIR, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

2009    PROPOSITIONS: MAX MASTERS IN VISUAL ARTS STUDENTS EXHIBITION. US ART GALLERY, STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA

2006    PORTRAIT EXHIBITION, AVA, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2006    ABSA L’ATELIERAWARDS (CAT), PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA

2006    GRADUATE EXHIBITION, SASOL ART MUSEUM, STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA

AWARDS

2006    PUBLIC VOTE FAVOURITE ARTWORK. AVA PORTRAIT EXHIBITION, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2006    2ND PRIZE; KUKO ART COMPETITION

2005    1ST PRIZE IN TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE; PPC CEMENT YOUNG SCULPTORS AWARD, PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA

COLLECTIONS

LUCIANO BENETTON COLLECTION
SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL GALLERY
UNIVERSITY OF STELLENBOSCH SASOL ART MUSEUM
SANLAM COLLECTION

TEACHING

2008-2015       LECTURER IN DRAWING AND PAINTING (PART-TIME) AT STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY VISUAL ARTS   DEPARTMENT