About The Artist
Alet Swarts is a Pretoria based artist.
Her artworks deal with the moments when one becomes aware or conscious of something, the satisfying moment when incongruous ideas are juxtaposed in one’s mind in order to make sense of an idea. The works are filled with metaphorical images, textures and patterns, sometimes out of context, to suggest ambiguity. They are painted in great detail, with meditative precision and intensity, as a contradiction to the lightness and fleetingness of the moments they represent.
1963: Born on 12th October in Johannesburg.
1981: Matriculate ( Afrikaans Hoër Meisiesskool, Pretoria.)
1982: Study Fine Arts at L’Academie des Beaux Arts de Meuron in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, working and traveling through Europe.
1983-1986: Study BA (Fine Arts) Information Design at the University of Pretoria.
1983: New Signatures Merit Award for Painting.
1985: Award for “Best Third Year Information Design Student”, Department of Visual Arts, University of Pretoria.
1986: Join Graphicor (Design Consultancy in Johannesburg) as Junior Designer.
1987: Promoted to Senior Designer & Art Director at Graphicor.
1988: Finalist for the CNA Book Design Award for the design of Obie Oberholzer’s book: “Ariesfontein to Zuurfontein”.
1989: Start own business: “The Creative Crescent” (a Graphic Design Consultancy) and become involved in lecturing Information Design (part-time) at the University of Pretoria.
1995-1999: Start to focus on illustration and painting, while still lecturing as well as acting as coordinator for the 1st Year Information Design Course at the University of Pretoria.
2000: Designed the “International Year of Peace” stamp and first-day envelope, commissioned by the Philatic Services of the South African Post Office, issued on 19th September 2000.
2000 until today: Painting full time, working towards perfecting various techniques in acrylics as well as studying the oil painting techniques of the Old Masters under the guidance of Elizabeth Riding. Guest lecturer in Illustration and Information Design at the University of Pretoria, until 2003.
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