The fluid and turbulent nature of painting is Heidi Fourie’s inspiration. She is constantly rethinking the notion of ‘the painting’ and embraces 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 is fascinated by how the flow of paint shifts and reshapes organic forms in a landscape and continually aims to discover new ways of applying material to surface. Her subject matter is selected from the well-travelled path or daily encounter with environments and existing media such as film and virtual spaces. Painterly marks not only make up her subjects but are subjects in themselves. She has recently started exploring the internet as an alternative and somewhat distorted means of travel and exploration. 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).
Selected Projects & Exhibitions: 2017 – Masses, solo exhibition, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria; Turbine Art Fair with Salon91; Growth, curated by Banele Khoza, Woordfees; See Art, curated by Derek Zietsman, Gallery 2, Johannesburg. 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 exhibition 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.