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.

Selected Projects & Exhibitions:  2018 – ‘Dreamland’ solo exhibition, Salon91; Cape Town Art Fair, Salon91 Booth. 2017 – ‘Trees Make Forests,’ end-of-year group exhibition, Salon91; ‘Field,’ group exhibition, Salon91; FNB Joburg Art Fair with Salon91; Artist Residency, Foundation OBRAS, Netherlands; ‘Mirage,’ a solo exhibition at Salon91; July 2017, Turbine Art Fair with Salon91; Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91. 2016 – ‘Oracle,’ an end-of-year group exhibition, Salon91; ‘Paper Is You III,’ a group exhibition at Salon91; Turbine Art Fair with Salon91; Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91. 2015 – ‘STELLAR,’ group show at Salon91; ‘Everyday Eden,’ solo show at Salon91; Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91. 2014 – ‘Sunday’s Child,’ solo exhibition at Salon91; 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’ at Salon91; Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91; ‘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.


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