“I PAINT WHAT I FEEL AND WHAT I WANT!” His artistic talent was never a secret, even at the age of four. He grew up on a farm in the
Johannes du Plessis
Franschhoek Western Cape South Africa
To paint is a passion. By being honest towards my mind experiences and heart is how I attempt to find a new level in artistic realization.
Painting is a process of getting to know myself better, a way of finding new inspiration and
understanding of life in various forms.
In the end, it is an introduction to self-enlightenment.
I prefer to call my paintings emotional statements. My wish is that the audience could feel these statements deep within themselves.
Hofmeyr district, Eastern Cape.
He was born with a creative talent. Also in music, but he had to make a difficult choice. Visual
arts as a career were the path he would follow.
At the age of 14 he got private sculptural lessons in the small town Adelaide in the Eastern Cape.
From there his life as an artist took shape. Sculpture was always his passion. Growing up in the
Karoo (Eastern Cape S.A.) with its rocky hills and mountains, influenced him in his sculptural
forms. The title of his thesis was “The relation between art and nature”.
1974 - He studied at Potchefstroom University, then commenced his studies further at the Nelson
Metropolitan University of Art & Design, 1979 - gaining a higher National Diploma with distinction
in Fine arts (sculpture and drawing).
Johannes has held over 40 successful exhibitions since 1982.
He staged many solo, two man and attended group exhibitions, locally and internationally. He
participated in international exhibitions: France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany and UK -
London between 1994 and 2007.
Apart from private commissions in painting and sculpture, collectors invested in his unique
versatile style of work around the globe, Canada, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Switzerland, USA,
Germany, France, Scotland, Ireland, Australia and South Africa.
Johannes uses a distinct abstract expressionistic cubist style in acrylics on canvas to express his
love of form inspired by nature. Johannes uses cubism as a vehicle to arrive at a statement.
As Jackson Pollock said “…. it does not make much difference how the paint is applied, as long as
something has been said. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.”
An artist must possess Nature. He must identify himself with her rhythm, by efforts that will
prepare the mastery, which will later enable him to express himself in his own language.
The observation of nature is part of an artist’s life. It enlarges his form knowledge, keeps him
fresh and from working only by formula, and feeds inspiration.
Johannes reveals in his artworks, not only the artistic value of the visible but also of what
remains beyond that.
I ANALYZE THE REALISTIC HUMAN FORM INTO AN ABSTRACT FORM,
RELATING IT WITH ABSTRACT FORMS IN NATURE.
“I PAINT WHAT I FEEL AND WHAT I WANT!”
His artistic talent was never a secret, even at the age of four. He grew up on a farm in the