“Painterly marks not only make up subjects but are subjects in themselves.” Heidi Fourie is constantly rethinking the notion of ‘the painting.’ She is very much inspired by the nature of the medium, embracing painting’s inherent language of mark-making to explore the balance of order and chaos, control and uncontrollability, figuration and its negation in the picture plane. She also interrogates the various genres of painting with the result that her works are often fragmentary rather than monumental. Fourie completed her BA Fine Arts (cum laude) in 2012 at the University of Pretoria. She has participated in a number of group exhibitions in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Antwerp. She has also been a finalist in Sasol New Signatures (2011, 2013), ABSA l’Atelier (2013, 2014), Thami Mnyele Fine Art Awards (2012, 2013) and Sanlam Portrait Awards (2013, 2015). Her subject matter is selected from the well-travelled path of the daily encounter with environments or existing media such as film and virtual spaces. She has recently started exploring the internet as an alternative and somewhat distorted means of travel and exploration.
Upcoming Shows: February 2017, See Art, curated by Derek Zietsman, Gallery 2, Johannesburg; Growth, curated by Banele Khoza, Woordfees; July 2017, Turbine Art Fair with Salon91; July 2017, solo exhibition, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria. Selected Projects & Exhibitions: 2016 – Oracle, an end-of-year group exhibition, Salon91; Borrowed Scenery, a solo exhibition at Salon91; Turbine Art Fair with Salon91; Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91; Skerwe Verbeeld/Fragments Imagined, two-man show with Allen Laing, KKNK, Oudtshoorn. 2015 – STELLAR, group show at Salon91; Paint it Black, a group show of young painters at Salon91; Islands at Lizamore & Associates Gallery, Johannesburg (solo); Last night I had the strangest dream at Twilsharp studios, Johannesburg. 2014 – Visual Encounters, University of Pretoria staff exhibition, Rautenbach Hall, Pretoria; ABSA L.Atelier finalist exhibition, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg; Post Colonial Africa curated by Paul Bayliss ABSA KKNK, Oudtshoorn; Nomad Bodies, curated by Prof. Elfriede Dreyer, Wintertuin Gallery, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Artesis University College, Antwerp. 2013 – SPI Portrait Awards finalist (top 40) exhibition, Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville. 2012 – Thami Mnyele Finalist Exhibition, Ekhuruleni.