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Van Heerden uses elements of nature as metaphors of consciousness, often creating a tension between abstraction and reality. Dynamical systems in transition and constantly shifting horisons particularly fascinate her. Examples of this process are storm clouds gathering and being spent; waves forming and dissipating; water undergoing change to become ice, or melting back to water again; or wind and water shaping and dissolving sand formations to create new landscapes constantly. Her ART THEME tells more. Van Heerden's favourite media include mixed media, oils on canvas, as well as chalk pastels and charcoal on paper. Her work is held in private collections both nationally as well as internationally.

EXHIBITIONS

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2010 : ‘Fluid horizons’, La Scala Gallery, McGregor, Western Cape
  • 2004 : The Dynamical: surf, Pretoria Art Museum
  • 2003 : ‘turbulence & transience’, Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria
  • 1989 : Ariana van Heerden, Potchefstroom Museum of Art
  • 1983 : Ariana van Heerden, Beuster- Skolimowski Gallery, Pretoria

    Joint Exhibitions

  • 2018 : 4 Friends, Ariana v Heerden, Andre Naude, Ingrid Stevens, Andre Cronje, Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria
  • 2012 : ‘Ltd.’, Ariana van Heerden, Ingrid Stevens, Carl Jeppe, Association of Art Pretoria
  • 2012 : ‘3s’, Ariana van Heerden, Ingrid Stevens, Susan Sellschop, Tina Skukan Gallery
  • 2010 : 'Passages', Ariana van Heerden & Carl Jeppe, David Brown Fine Art, Johannesburg
  • 1996 : Ariana van Heerden & Andre Cronje, Pretoria Art Museum, East Gallery

    Group Exhibitions

  • 2019 : Tribute, KKNK, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape
  • 2018 : Wings, Association of Arts Christmas Show, Pretoria,
  • 2018 : In the public domain, Art Lecturers of University of Pretoria, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria
  • 2018 : XTANT XTUT, Retired Fine Arts Lecturers’ Exhibition, ArtBox Gallery, Pretoria
  • 2018 : Pandora’s Box, ArtBox Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
  • 2017 : Association of Arts Christmas Show, Pretoria
  • 2017 : Art(ed), Tshwane University of Technology Lecturing Staff Show, Pretoria Art Museum
  • 2017 : Members Only, Association of Arts, Pretoria
  • 2016 : G&W Tellus Sculptura, Association of Arts, Pretoria
  • 2016 : Cool Capital, Modern Art Projects, Pretoria
  • 2016 : Awesome Women, Association of Arts, Pretoria
  • 2014 : Autumn Art Fair, Fried Contemporary Art Gallery & Studio, Pretoria
  • 2014 : Art Alive, Waterkloof House Preparatory School, Pretoria
  • 2013 : Art Alive, Waterkloof House Preparatory School, Pretoria
  • 2012 : Kites and summer colours, Art Lovers 1932, Long Street, Pretoria
    TUT Alumni Exhibition, Arts Faculty, Pretoria
    Art Alive, Waterkloof House Preparatory School, Pretoria
  • 2010 : ‘Phive’, Platform on 18th, Pretoria
    ‘Poet-tree’, La Scala Gallery, McGregor, Western Cape
    artcafe@thehub, Centurion, Pretoria
  • 2009 : 'Art Alive’, Waterkloof House Preparatory School, Pretoria
  • 2007 : 16 artists, Karoo Art House, Pretoria
  • 2005 : 'Especial XXXI Aniversario', Galeria Sala Barna, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2003 : ‘Art Alive’, Waterkloof House Preparatory School, Pretoria
  • 2002 : 'Art Alive’, Waterkloof House Preparatory School, Pretoria
  • 2000 : Group Show, Kresge Art Center, Michigan State University, Lansig, USA
  • 1999 : ’Leonardo Posted’, Arts Association, Pretoria
    ‘Leonardo Posted’, ABSA Bank Gallery, Johannesburg
    ‘Art Alive’, Waterkloof House Preparatory School, Pretoria
  • 1998 : ‘Art Show’ Faculty Exhibition, African Window, Pretoria
  • 1996 : ‘Art Alive’, Waterkloof House Preparatory School, Pretoria
  • 1995 : ‘Art Alive’, Waterkloof House Preparatory School, Pretoria
    ‘Art Technikon Pretoria’, Schweikerdt Art Gallery, Pretoria
    Arts Faculty Group Show, Pietersburg City Council
  • 1994 : Fine Arts Awards/Exhibition, Kempton Park City Council
    ‘Art Alive’, Waterkloof House Preparatory School, Pretoria
    ‘8 Artists’, Pretoria Art Museum East Gallery
  • 1993 : ‘Art Alive’, Waterkloof House Preparatory School, Pretoria
    Botanical Institute Exhibition, Welchich House, Botanical Gardens, Pretoria
  • 1992 : UNISA student Exhibition, Pretoria
    ‘Art Alive’, Waterkloof House Preparatory School, Pretoria
  • 1987 : Retrospective Lecturers’ Exhibition, Museum of Art, Pretoria
  • 1978 : 25th Anniversary Exhibition Ex-students, Technikon Pretoria
  • 1977 : UNISA student exhibition, University of South Africa, Pretoria
  • 1975 : Student Exhibition, Pretoria College for Advanced Technical Education

    CATALOGUES

  • 2018: Ancestry/ Afstamming, Andreas Schönfeldt, Modern Art Projects South Africa
  • 2017: Voorvaderlike Kastyding: Ancestral Flagellation, The work of Andreas Schönfeldt, Fried Contemporary Gallery, Pretoria
  • 2017: chaosdivine, The work of Eric Duplan, Fried Contemporary Gallery, Pretoria

    AWARDS

  • 1994 : Certificate of Merit, Fine Arts Awards/Exhibition, Kempton Park City Council.
  • 1981 : J.P.van der Walt Award for outstanding book illustrations.

    ARTICLES IN NEWSPAPERS/ TELEVISION/ RADIO INTERVIEWS

  • Webb-Joubert, C. 2018. "RSG Kuns", radio interview about exhibition ‘ XTANT XTUT’, July
  • Stevens, I. 2017." An art critical interpretation: The pool of the psyche – water in the works of Ariana van Heerden and Kevin Roberts", Inaugural Lecture, Faculty of the Arts, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, 26 October.
  • Stevens, I. 2013. "The pool of the psyche: water in the work of Ariana van Heerden and Kevin Roberts", South African Journal of Art History, 28(2):217-234.
  • Webb-Joubert, C. 2012. "RSG Kuns", radio interview about exhibition '3s', 12 June.
  • Badenhorst, R. 2004. Kunskafee: Kyknet TV documentary, 29 & 31 August & 1 September
  • Staden-Garbett, M. 2004. "Deep thoughts afloat deep waters". Pretoria News, 7 September
  • Coulson, M. 2003. ‘Art’. Financial Mail, 21 March
  • Grobler. D. 2003. “Van Heerden skep Zentuin vir die oog”. Beeld, 20 March
  • De Kok, L. 2003 “turbulence & transience”, Radio Jacaranda, 12 March
  • Staden-Garbett, M. 2003. “In search of paradise”. Pretoria News, 11 March
  • Ndlovu, L. 2000. “It’s your business”. Summit TV, October
  • Anonymous, 1989. “Tekstielontwerper stal op Potch uit”. Potchefstroom Herald/Herout, 14 April
  • De Beer, D. 1988. “Sisters with a flair for fashion, fabric and design”, Pretoria News, March 30
  • Phillips, F. 1983. “Kwaliteit red die werk”, Beeld, 6 April
  • Roelofse,E. 1983. “Syskermwerk by Beuster te sien”. Die Transvaler, 28 Maart
  • Van Rooyen, J. 1983. “Subtelty, humour and depth in silkscreens”. Pretoria News, March 30
  • Le Roux, L. 1981. “Vir haar brood en botter bly sy tuis”. Oggendblad, 28 Augustus.


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