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"Louis Jansen van Vuuren: Solo Exhibition"
2003-01-09 until 2003-02-01
Association for Visual Arts
Cape Town, , ZA South Africa

The Association For Visual Arts (AVA), 35 Church Street, Cape Town, is hosting a solo exhibition of new works by South African artist, Louis Jansen van Vuuren, now living in France. During the course of his renowned career as an artist, Louis Jansen van Vuuren began exhibiting in the mid-1960s and he has held more than eighty exhibitions throughout South Africa and abroad. In 1998 he was invited to hold a solo exhibition at Galerie Akka in Paris, followed by a second solo there in 2000. During 2002 he held two successful solo exhibitions in Monte Carlo and in Paris.

His work is represented in most major public and corporate art collections locally, including those of SANG, the Universities of Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Stellenbosch and the Western Cape; First National Bank; Rand Merchant Bank; Investec; Boland Bank; SASOL; Vodacom; Santam and Engen, as well as in countless private collections, both nationally and internationally.

Jansen van Vuuren has been working on several new series of work in his studio in the Chateau la Creusette in the Limousin region of France, where he now lives. Some of the themes that he explores are directly influenced by his new environment. The seasons, the landscape and the richness and style of typical French gardens are all interpreted in his characteristic manner. His passion for roses and irises is reflected in their depiction in a new series of vibrantly coloured, sensual pastel drawings.

The South African landscape, particularly the region around the Cape that the artist knows intimately, is developed into an object of desire in the series entitled, "My heart Longs for the Boland". Other themes include a homage to Henri Matisse and to Claude Monet, in which Jansen van Vuuren renders the classic Matisse colouring, while playfully reinterpreting the composition of his well-known masterpieces.


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