ira van der merwe

ennetbaden, ag / 1980*

African fauna and a silly Swiss cow.
What makes Ira’s charcoal drawings so fascinating is the fact that she omits all background and context. In other words if there is a blade of grass in front of the wildebeest or a tree trunk obscures part of the leopard lazing in a tree, she simply leaves it white. This makes for intriguing compositions that has you take another look.
Upon that second take, you get drawn into the unbelievable detail. Mark-making that makes you extend your hand to touch the paper to check if it is not perhaps an edited photograph.
Ira draws the weird and wonderful animals and unique flowers from her beloved country South Africa, to cope with being uprooted again and again after many years of living abroad.
However, she has recently embarked on a series, falling in love with what is in her new home here in Switzerland. Exploring the beauty of local Swiss animals, from the humble cow to the powerful Hirsch and Steinbock.


Schweizer Kuh IIII 2013 Charcoal 0.7 X 1m
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Schweizer Kuh III 2013 Charcoal 0.7 X 1m
Schweizer Kuh VI 2014 Charcoal 1 X 0.7m

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BA KA (Arts Education – Spec. Visual Art), University of Pretoria
PGCE (Post Graduate Cert. in Education – Spec. Visual Art), University of Pretoria
BA Hons. Art History (Hons. Thesis Cum Laude), University of South Africa

auswahl gruppen- / einzelausstellungen:

2016
Gallerie Loeffel, Solo Exhibition, Basel, Switzerland
KunstAusleih, Group Exhibition, Zug, Switzerland
Galerie Patries van Dorst, Group Exhibition, The Hague, The Netherlands
Art333, Group Exhibition, Switzerland
Junction, Group Exhibition, Zurich, Switzerland

2015
Gallerie, Loeffel, Solo Exhibition, Basel, Switzerland
KunstAusleih, Group Exhibition, Zollikon, Switzerland
KunstAusleih, Group Exhibition, Zug, Switzerland

2014
KunstAusleih, Group Exhibition, Zollikon, Switzerland
Galleria Scalia, Solo Exhibition, Baden, Switzerland
KunstAusleih, Group Exhibition, Zug, Switzerland

2010
S!NG Exhibition, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Shofar Creativity Expo, Durbanville Hills Wine Estate, Cape Town, South Africa

2008
Shofar Creativity Expo, University of Pretoria, South Africa

2002
UP Annual Student Exhibition, Pretoria, South Africa

2001
UP Annual Student Exhibition, Pretoria, South Africa

2000
UP Annual Student Exhibition, Pretoria, South Africa

1999
Inscape Design Collage Annual Student Exhibition, South Africa

 


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