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About The Artist

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1945 Born in Kroonstad, South Africa.

1962 Matriculated from The Kroonstad Technical College, South Africa in Art and Design.

1963-65 Studied at The Johannesburg Art School, South Africa.

1966 Worked as a Graphic Designer and Fashion Illustrator in Johannesburg until 1977.

1967 Got married.

1968 Daughter born.

1971 Son born.

1972 Studied Dress Design at The Madeleine Minich D'Erney Academy, Johannesburg.

1977 After a trip to Europe and America, started working seriously as a painter. Studied the figure and painting at The George Boys Studio, South Africa.

1978 First exhibited as part of a group exhibition at The George Boys Studio. Later that year exhibited in a group show at The Association of Art Gallery,Pretoria.

1980 Egon's Atelier'77, Johannesburg, South Africa. Invitational, solo exhibition under married name, Lewis

1981

  • The Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg, South Africa. Solo exhibition with two purchases for permanent collection.
  • Purchase by The Bloemfontein National Gallery for permanent collection.
  • The Association of Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa. Invitational, solo exhibition.
  • Represented South Africa at "Interart'81", The Equitable Gallery, New York.
  • Emigrated to America.
  • Started keeping journals and writing poetry in Afrikaans.

    1982 Separated from husband.

    1983 Continued working with the figure from life. Resumed use of maiden name, Bredell

    1984 Began printmaking with George Nama at The National Academy Printmaking Workshop, New York.

    1985 Purchase by The Mobil Corporation, Cape Town for permanent collection.

    1986 "Monotypes" at The National Academy Museum of Art, New York. Invitational, group exhibition.

    1987 Started teaching Drawing at Pratt Institute, and working as Graphic Designer for Pharmaceutical Advertising.

    1988 Divorce finalized.

    1989

  • Writing poetry in Afrikaans with own English translations.
  • "Figures in attendance" at The Ombondi Gallery, New York. Invitational, solo exhibition.

    1990 Began writing Mother Passage (Moederdeur).

    1993

    • Started Southern Cross Press (Suiderkruis Pers) with the publication of Mother Passage (Moederdeur) written in both Afrikaans and English. Limited edition Artist's book of twenty bilingual poems and twenty softground etchings.
    • "Contemporary South African Artists", The South African Consulate, New York. Invitational.

    1994

    • "Contemporary South African Artists", The National Arts Club, New York.
    • Became an American citizen.

    1995 Started work and writing on Song of the Spinners (Lied van die Spinners) and Time's Sentinels (Tyds Bewakers).

    1996

    • Song of the Spinners (Lied van die Spinners). Limited edition Artist's book of an epic poem in both English and Afrikaans with eight woodcuts, Southern Cross Press (Suiderkruis Pers).
    • Time's Sentinels (Tyds Bewakers). Limited edition Artist's book of an epic poem in both English and Afrikaans with eight woodcuts, Southern Cross Press (Suiderkruis Pers).
    • Started wall-sized drawings from life for "Post Christian Alter Images".
    • "Artists' books in the Ginsberg Collection" at The Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa. Invitational.

    1997 "Artists from the National Academy Workshop" at The Pakistani Embassy, New York. Invitational.

    1998

    • Received a Grant from The Faculty Development Fund, Pratt Institute.
    • "Artists from the National Academy Workshop" at The Pakistani Embassy, New York.
    • "Post-Christian Alter Images". Suite of softground etchings.

    1999

    • Began research for writing and illustrating Sacred Scars.
    • "CONVERSATIONS: Printmaking and the Artist's Book" at The Abrons Arts Center, New York. Invitational.
    • The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers State University, New Jersey, permanent collection.

    2000

    • "Print" at the Atlantic Gallery, New York. Invitational.
    • "Naked in Soho" at the Atlantic Gallery, New York. Invitational.
    • Completed illustrated manuscript for Sacred Scars: Why the gender of God has done injury to women's bodies and sense of self, a treatise on how the historic exclusion by monotheism of one half of the human race from the divine image created female deficit which translates into women's torturous relationships with our bodies. (Unpublished)

    2001

    • Pratt Manhattan Gallery, AOS Faculty exhibition.
    • Promoted to Adjunct Associate Professor at Pratt Institute.

    2002

    • Mother died.
    • Resigned from full time art directing. Studies book binding at The Center for Book Arts, New York
    • Father died.

    2003 Continued working from life on "Post-Christian Alter Images", a visual thesis.

    2004 Returned to my homeland, South Africa, to the house where my parents lived. Built a studio.

    2006

    • Started teaching at studio in Kampersrus.
    • “Seremonial Gestures” Suite of transfer monoprints commisioned by The Stone House in Magaliesburg.

    2007

    • “Flesh!” at KKNK (Klein Karroo Nationale Kunsfees), South Africa. Group show.
    • “2 DECADES +” at Fried Contemporary in Pretoria, South Africa. Solo exhibition with catalogue.

    2008

    • Developed suite of etchings, “Black Madonna”, at The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York.
    • Participated in www.trans-end.org.za

    2009

    • “ALTER IMAGES I” at The Association of Art Gallery in Pretoria, South Africa. Solo exhibition.
    • “ALTER IMAGES II” at The University of Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa. Solo exhibition with catalogue, “2 EXHIBITIONS”.

    2010

    • “Bodies in Transition” at Fried Contemporary, Pretoria. Group Show.
    • “Every Secret Thing” at Polokwane Art Museum. Group Show with catalogue.
    • “L'origine du monde-This is not a porn song-” at Aardklop. Group Show.
    • Research and beginning “Roll Call”, a 20 metre long scroll dedicated to the men and women who were tortured and executed during the centuries-long European witch hunts.

    2011

    • "Stations of the Cross" at The Association of Art Gallery in Pretoria. Invitational Group Show.
    • "ALTER IMAGES" at the Polokwane Art Museum. Solo Exhibition.
    • "Rendezvous Focus Painting" travelling exhibitions starting at Aardklop. Invitational Group Show.

    2012

    • “Make! Make!” White River Art Gallery. Invitational Group Show.

    2013

    • “ROLL CALL” Solo traveling exhibition with catalogue. Opening at University of Johannesburg Art Gallery in March, the Association of Arts, Pretoria in May, and the White River Gallery in August.
    • “ADVOCACY for Human Rights”, Group invitational exhibition at the White River Gallery.
    • “Redefining Erotica”, group exhibition at the Longstreet Art Lovers, Pretoria.
    • “South African Women Artists”, Group invitational exhibition at the National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek.
    • Double mastectomy for breast cancer.

    2014

    • “Deconstructing Dogma”, Group invitational exhibition curated by Karen von Veh, with catalogue, at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery.

    2015

    • “TERRA”, Group invitational exhibition with catalogue curated by Elfriede Dreyer at Oliewenhuis Gallery, Bloemfontein.
    • “ALTER IMAGES” at the White River Gallery. Solo exhibition with 2009 catalogue “2 Exhibitions”.
    • “INNIBOS” Arts Festival, Nelspruit. Invitational, fringe.

    2016

    • CODEX MAGDALENE & MONUMENTS”. Towards a new iconography and re-imaging the mythology and legends of Mary Magdalene. Solo traveling exhibition with catalogue. The Association of Arts, Pretoria in May and at University of Johannesburg Art Gallery in August.

    2017

    • "BOOKNESSES: TAKING STOCK OF THE BOOK ARTS IN SOUTH AFRICA" at the University of Johannesburg, Department of Visual Arts in association with Jack Ginsberg.
    • "A VISUAL REQUIEM FOR JUDITH MASON". Group invitational traveling exhibition curated by Jan Barend Wolmarans with digital catalogue.
    • "CAT & CROW” at the Association of Art, Pretoria. Group invitational exhibition.
    • “THE ONE BOOK IN THE WORLD THAT NO ONE CAN READ" at the Stuart Trent Gallery, Pretoria. Group invitational exhibition.
    • Published SACRED SCARS: Why the gender of God has done injury to women’s bodies and sense of self.
    • "MY XXX" group invitational exhibition with catalogue curated by John-Anthony Boerma at Innibos Arts Festival, Nelspruit.
    • "CODEX MAGDALENE & MONUMENTS" at the White River Gallery. This exhibition is dedicated to the memory and spirit of Judith Mason who passed away in December 2016.
    • "WHICH WITCH?" Group exhibition at The Polokwane Art Museum that includes the scroll “ROLL CALL”. An investigation into the effects and practices of sorcery and other mystery arts.

    Selected Artist’s Books:

    All books are self-published by Suiderkruis Pers / Southern Cross Press, New York / Hoedspruit.

    • Mother Passage / Moederdeur written in both Afrikaans and English. Limited edition Artist’s book of twenty bilingual poems and twenty softground etchings. 1993.
    • Song of the Spinners / Lied van die Spinners. Limited edition Artist’s book of an epic poem in both English and Afrikaans with eight woodcuts, 1996.
    • Time’s Sentinels / Tyds Bewakers. Limited edition Artist’s book of an epic poem in both English and Afrikaans with ten woodcuts, 1996.

    Prayer Books:

    • Blue Book I: Interstice / Tussenruimte. 2007
    • Blue Book II: Call / Roep. 2008
    • Blue Book III: Birth / Geboorte. 2009
    • Red Book I: Symmetry / Simmetrie. 2007
    • Red Book II: Earth / Aarde. 2009
    • Red Book III: Origin / Herkoms. 2009



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