Schalk van der Merwe

Schalk van der Merwe

Cape Town, South Africa

About Schalk van der Merwe

Schalk van der Merwe’s visceral portraits have a directness about them,yet are underpinned with a tangible fragility. Ambiguous features can morph from immense beauty into utter despair, with hints of the eyes breaking the surface beneath layers
of paint, charcoal, turpentine, expressive brush strokes and often the physical DNA form the artists’s fingertips.

Schalk’s work explores the concept of taking the mind out of the creative process to allow for a more honest expression. His art captures a vast range of emotions and often provokes a strong reaction from the viewer.

“My work is not reliant on a cognitive process. I believe over thinking can destroy originality. My portraits aren’t about realism, perfection, gender or race. They explore and attempt to capture those qualities and emotions often hidden from view.” says
van der Merwe of his work.

Schalk’s work is arresting, intriguing and oddly attractive. Each portrait has a delicate, melancholic expression with a coarse and visceral application of paint. Each face offers some deeply personal recognition of the subject even though the features are blurred to the point of anonymity.

Events

2014 | Disrupt & Disturb. Live art performance | Artmode | Young Blood Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Exhibitions

Exhibitions:

2013:
Release, Catherine Christie Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Selected works, The Ghuba Gallery, Hout Bay, South Africa

2014:
This Human Condition: A Portrait Study in Primaries, Kim Donaldson Gallery, Franschhoek, South Africa

This Human Condition: A Portrait Study in Primaries & The Guardians, Young Blood Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Selected works, The Ghuba Gallery, Hout Bay, South Africa

Selected works, Gill Alderman Collection, South Africa

Disrupt & Disturb, Young Blood Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2015:
Selected works from the series Visceral, Hout Bay Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Selected works from the series Visceral, African Transformation & The Slow Disintegration of Sanity, Art Eye Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Solo Exhibitions:

2013:
This Human Condition: A Portrait Study in Primaries, Bright Creative Space, Cape Town, South Africa

Works in Private Collections:

Seven – Private Collection, Atlantic Beach, Cape Town, South Africa
Amnesia – Private Collection, Kenya
Arcadia - Private Collection, Cape Town, South Africa
A Kind of Blue - Private Collection, Cape Town, South Africa
A Hopeful Tomorrow- Private Collection, Northern Ireland
The Guardian - Private Collection, Hout Bay, South Africa
Judas - Private Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa
Gainsburgh - Private Collection, Cape Town, South Africa
Awaken - Private Collection, Llandudno South Africa
Duality - Private Collection, Austria
The Slow Disintegration of Sanity #12 - Private Collection, Hout Bay, South Africa
Dictator - Private Collection, Bantry Bay, South Africa
The Slow Disintegration of Sanity #17 - Private Collection, Cape Town, South Africa
The Slow Disintegration of Sanity #14 - Private Collection, Cape Town, South Africa
Centurion - Private Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa
The Slow Disintegration of Sanity #3 - Private Collection, Cape Town, South Africa
Black Meriah - Private Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa
The Slow Disintegration of Sanity #8 - Private Collection, Denmark
The Slow Disintegration of Sanity #26 - Private Collection, Cape Town, South Africa
Just watching the Sky - Private Collection, Bantry Bay, South Africa
The Slow Disintegration of Sanity #27 - Private Collection, Cape Town, South Africa
The Slow Disintegration of Sanity #28 - Private Collection, Rondebosch, South Africa
Visceral #2 - Ghuba Gallery, Private Collection
RUHAPPYNOW#2 - Private Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa
Banyana - Private Collection, Maryland, USA
The Slow Disintegration of Sanity #23 - Private Collection, Pretoria, South Africa
Happiness - Private Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa
Golden Dawn - Private Collection, Pretoria, South Africa
The Slow Disintegration of Sanity #26 - Private Collection, Pretoria, South Africa
The Slow Disintegration of Sanity #4 - Private Collection, Maryland, USA
Mystic - Private Collection, Cape Town, South Africa
The Slow Disintegration of Sanity #2 - Private Collection, Cape Town, South Africa