About The Artist
Helena Fourie was born on January 23, 1965 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She obtained a BA Degree in Visual Arts at the University of Pretoria in 1987 majoring in painting. Since 1994 she has been working as a professional artist. Her early work is characterized by realism and a specialty in portrait painting.
Inspired by her absolute passion for nature she has been devoting herself to the painting of
wildlife, redefining this genre, and applying it in an individual and idiosyncratic style.
Fourie painted extensively for clients throughout South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and the
United States of America. She was commissioned to paint a mural and several paintings for
the official residence of the State President in Pretoria. Her work includes many commissions
for murals and tromp-loei'l in Safari lodges, guesthouses, casinos and restaurants throughout
South Africa and Zimbabwe. In 2006 she designed the CD cover for singer Karin Hougaard's "Heart Issues". Fourie partakes in group exhibitions and held her first solo
exhibition in September 2000, titled African Bestiary, at the Tina Skukan Gallery in Pretoria.
In January 2001, one of her paintings was auctioned at the annual Hunters Convention in Houston
Texas, for nature conservation.
Fourie works in a variety of media, including oil, color pencil, and mix media. Her work is a
journey of hidden discoveries; this is wildlife art with a difference.
1987: Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Pretoria
2001: Guest Lecturer from October to December at Crawford College Pretoria
1998: Performance art member of Fopspeen Live Arts
1994: Partook in 'Garden of earthly Delights' Art performance by Performance Art Group - TOM Geselskap
1990-1993: Cabin Attendant, South African Airways
1990: Freelance artist, Peter Vaughan Film Company
1989: Performance at Klein Karoo Art Festival: 'Trane'- written by Piet Grobler and directed by Diek Grobler
1989: Performance at Klein Karoo Art Festival: 'Sewe Dae In Babel' written and directed by Diek Grobler
1988-1989: Head of art department, André Engelbrecht Architects
2013: Solo Exhibition at Uijlenbroek and Partners, Joure, The Netherlands
2012: Group Exhibition, 'Art Super' at Witte Kerk, Hemrik, The Netherlands
2011: Group Exhibition, ’Klein Maar Fijn' at Landgoed Zofier, The Netherlands
2011: Group Exhibition at La Lanka Beeldetuin en Galerie, The Netherlands
2010: Group Exhibition at La Lanka Beeldentuin en Galerie, The Netherlands
2009: Solo Exhibition, 'Lief Beest’, Zuid Afrika Huis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2009: Group Exhibition, ‘Tineke De Nooij Presents: Van Veraf En Dichtbij’ with Helena Fourie, Henk Ijkelenstam and Ron De Nooij at Palm Court Galleries, Baarn, The Netherlands
2008: Group Exhibition, Art En Zo, Beetsterzwaag, The Netherlands
2006: Group Exhibition, Natural Living Gallery, Clydesdale, Pretoria SA
2005: Group Exhibition, Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria SA
2004: Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa, 'Bush Telegraph'
2003: Group Exhibitions, Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria SA
2003: Painting for Santa Maria exhibition and show by Nataniël
2003: Solo exhibition at Black Mamba Gallery
2002: Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa, 'Between Scylla and Charybdis'
2001: Solo Exhibition at the Black Mamba Art Gallery SA
2001: Painting auctioned for nature conservation at the 2001 HSC Convention in Houston Texas
2001: MG Design Box, Pretoria, South Africa,'B O S'
2000: Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa, 'African Bestiary'
2010: Commissioned portrait of Vivian Boelen, The Netherlands
2006: CD cover design for Karin Hougaard, 'Hartstukke'
2001: Book illustration for Mongwawane Private Game Reserve
1999: Mural and three paintings for The Presidential Residence, Pretoria SA
1994-2000: Commissioned for murals and paintings at Safari Lodges, Guest Houses, Restaurants
1994: Mural for Sandton Oncology Centre SA
1994: Portrait Painting for private clients