Kirsten Beets

KIRSTEN BEETS paints our contemporary Eden. Her paintings inhabit a place somewhere been the real and imagined, a painted mythology that explores ethical realities. She is continually looking at the shifting relationship between people at leisure and the natural world. She isolates the moments of these interactions, sometimes as immersive images other times as curious objects suspended in the picture plane. Snapshots of our curious human interactions with natural environments are all rendered in delicate detail. Her exhibitions are complex collections of observations and imaginary musings made manifest in oil paint on paper, board and linen. Her carefully considered compositions tell a subtle story of serenity and loss, leisure and decay, stasis and transience.


 

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

30 October – 30 November, solo exhibition, Salon91, Cape Town; Sydney Contemporary Art Fair with Salon91, Sydney, Australia.


 

SELECTED PROJECTS & EXHIBITIONS

2019 - Investec Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91, Cape Town; ‘Regarding Winter’, group exhibition, Salon91, Cape Town; ‘The Distance from Afar’, group exhibition, Glen Carlou gallery, Paarl. 2018 – ‘Dreamland’, solo exhibition, Salon91, Cape Town; ‘Folklore’, an end-of-year group exhibition in aid of True North, Salon91, Cape Town; Investec Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91, Cape Town; FNB Joburg Art Fair with Salon91, Johannesburg; Turbine Art Fair with Salon91, Johannesburg. 2017 – ’Trees Make Forests’, end-of-year group exhibition, Salon91, Cape Town; ‘Field’, group exhibition, Salon91, Cape Town; FNB Joburg Art Fair with Salon91, Johannesburg; Artist Residency, Foundation OBRAS, Netherlands; ‘Mirage’, a solo exhibition at Salon91, Cape Town; Turbine Art Fair with Salon91, Johannesburg; Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91, Cape Town. 2016 – ‘Oracle’, year-end group exhibition, Salon91, Cape Town; ‘Paper Is You III’, group exhibition, Salon91, Cape Town; Turbine Art Fair with Salon91, Johannesburg; Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91, Cape Town. 2015 – ‘STELLAR’, year-end group exhibition, Salon91, Cape Town; ‘Everyday Eden’, solo exhibition, Salon91, Cape Town; Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91, Cape Town. 2014 – ‘Sunday’s Child’, solo exhibition, Salon91, Cape Town; Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. 2013 – ‘Possessed’, group show at Everard Read, Cape Town; National Arts Festival in Grahamstown; ‘Animal / Advance’ group exhibition, Ron Belling Gallery, Port Elizabeth; ‘Aurora’, all-female illustration group exhibition, Salon91, Cape Town; Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91, Cape Town; ‘For Play’, group exhibition, Underculture Contemporary Gallery, Port Elizabeth. 2012 - Scuola Internationale di Grafi in Venice, Italy. 2011 – ‘First Editions: an exhibition of visual narratives’, a group exhibition featuring the first editions of hand-bound illustrated books, Salon91, Cape Town.


 

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