April 3, 2014 - Comments Off on INSIDE OUT: A SOLO EXHIBITION OF NEW PAINTING BY SWAIN HOOGERVORST 15 April – 8 May 2014
Swain Hoogervorst is one of a new generation of South African painters who are reinvigorating the technical meticulousness of classical oil painting in their explorations of the contemporary. Inside Out, an exhibition of Hoogervorst’s new work, uses the artist’s own photographs and found material to explore specific questions he has about painting.
Hoogervorst writes that: “Painting is a place of comfort, yet all the time uncomfortable. It can be completely liberating or extremely fearful. The studio is a retreat, a safe place of peace and quiet that does not require explanations; it can even be an excuse. At the same time it can become isolating, overwhelming, depressing and even be a cause for anti-social or 'abnormal' behaviour. Within this retreat I paint more retreats of my own. Places that I am drawn to, be it by their colour or the questions that brought me there; by the forms created through the interplay of light and shadow or even just the overall beauty of the image itself. I paint because this is the one way I know how to communicate my feelings about what I see and what I encounter.”
Swain Hoogervorst holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts from Vega (2010), and has previously worked with Andrew Putter’s The Sketch Assembly (2010). He currently works from Eastside Studios in Cape Town. In 2013 Hoogervorst was a finalist in the Absa Atelier Competition, and a participating artist at Schildersweek in Domburg, The Netherlands. His work has been shown in numerous group exhibitions nationally and internationally.