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"Philip Badenhorst (1957 - ) is een van Suid Afrika se mees gevierde skilders wat binne die breë aanslag van ‘n Romantiese Ekspressionisme, kommentaar lewer op (veral sy persoonlike) eietydse bestaanskrisisse. Gedurende die vroeë negentigerjare is Badenhorst vergelyk met onder andere Penny Siopis, William Kentridge en Clive van den Berg met betrekking tot die enigmatiese figure in ruimtes wat hulle leen tot dubbelsinnige interpretasie.

Badenhorst se werk word gekenmerk deur die dramatiese gebruik van chiaroscuro, sterk kleurinhoud en ‘n prikkelende skilderkunstigheid. Sy werk ondersoek temas van eensaamheid, verlatenheid en vervreemding, so asof die glorie aan die vergaan is en verval reeds huiwer." (M. Martin 1989)

Philip Badenhorst is well known for his rich impasto, colourful and expressionistic oil paintings. He uses human figures, surrounded by flowers, foliage, bouquets, dark forests and water. Although the artist's work is not devoid of social realities, the viewer enters his inner-world with the leitmotif being the artist's own history, his own fears and life. The viewer is seduced by the surface of the paintings and discovers layers of content beyond the more obvious qualities, for example the disarming sense of vulnerability that creates an almost uneasy sense of voyeurism.

Badenhorst's career as a painter includes almost forty solo exhibitions and he has participated in nearly one hundred group exhibitions in South Africa and abroad since 1981.

Artist CV

Experience

Lecturer, Department of Fine Arts, Potchefstroom; 1985 - 1993

Appointed as lecturer in Painting at the University the year after completion of studies at the university.

"Acting Head" of Department, Department of Fine Arts, Potchefstroom; 1992-1993

Senior Lecturer, Department of Fine Arts, Pretoria; 1994 - to 2007

Accepted a position as Senior Lecturer that was offered to him by the University of Pretoria

Resigned 2007 – full-time artist to date working in Pretoria.

Education

University: Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education, Potchefstroom.

Degrees received:

  • 1984: BA (Fine Arts) majoring in painting and graphic design
  • 1990: MA (Fine Arts) with distinction

    Solo Exhibitions

    1983 - present: Almost forty solo exhibitions

    1983:

  • Iris Street, Potchefstroom.
  • Nedbank, Potchefstroom.

    1984:

  • Potchefstroom Museum.

    1985:

  • Department of History of Art, PU for CHE, Potchefstroom.

    1986:

  • Water colours exhibition “Tribute to Battiss”, PU for CHE.

    1987:

  • MA (FA) exhibition, PU for CHE, Potchefstroom.
  • South African Arts Association (NTvl), Pretoria.
  • Hout Bay Gallery, Cape Town.
  • Department of History of Art, PU for CHE, Potchefstroom.

    1989:

  • SAAA (NTvl), Pretoria.
  • Karen McKerron Gallery, Bryanston, Johannesburg.
  • Potchefstroom Museum.

    1990:

  • "Stories of a landscape", NSA Gallery, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Karen McKerron Gallery, Bryanston, Johannesburg.
  • SAAA (NTvl), Pretoria.

    1991:

  • Studio exhibition, Ben Pienaar Street, Potchefstroom.
  • Johannes Stegmann Gallery, Bloemfontein.

    1992:

  • Association of Visual Arts (Western Cape)(SAAA), Cape Town.
  • Art Gallery, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch.

    1993:

  • Karen McKerron Gallery, Bryanston, Johannesburg.
  • Studio exhibition, Ben Pienaar Street, Potchefstroom.

    1994:

  • Quid Novi Gallery, Heidelberg, Germany.
  • Guild Gallery, Pretoria.

    1995:

  • Karen McKerron Gallery, Bryanston, Johannesburg.

    1996:

  • Karen McKerron Gallery, Bryanston, Johannesburg.

    1998:

  • “Addicted to painting”, Open Window, Contemporary Art Gallery, Pretoria.

    1999:

  • Association of Visual Arts, Metropolitan Gallery, Cape Town.
  • Aardklopfees, Potchefstroom Museum.

    2000:

  • "Repainting 99", Open Window Art Academy Art, Gallery, Pretoria.

    2001:

  • Kahn Gallery, Naples, Floria, V.S.A.

    2003:

  • Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg.

    2005:

  • "The Missing Year", Fried Contemporary Gallery, Pretoria.

    2006:

  • "An-other beginning", South African Association of Arts, Pretoria.

    2007:

  • "A circle had closed, another had opened again", Absa Gallery, Johannesburg.

    2008:

  • Guest Artist, Aardklop, Potchefstroom Museum.

    2012:

  • "Black & White" (paintings and ceramics), Association of Arts Pretoria.

    2013:

  • "The Chequered Flag", Liebrecht Gallery, Somerset West.

    2014:

  • "I am me, nothing else", Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria.

    2015:

  • "We dream, and our dreams escape us", Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria.

    2016:

  • Ceramics Exhibition, Association of Arts Pretoria.

    2017:

  • "Living the Fruits of Life", Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria

    2018:

  • Solo Exhibition, Malan, Cornwall Hill

    2019:

  • "Cave Letters", Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria.

    Group Exhibitions

    1981-1984:

  • Participated in student art exhibitions, Department of Fine Arts, PU for CHE.

    1982:

  • National Fine Art Students Exhibition, Gertrude Posel Gallery, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

    1984:

  • SASOL New Signatures exhibition, SAAA (NTvl), Volkskas Centre, Pretoria.

    1985:

  • Impressions ’85 exhibition, Johannesburg Art Gallery.

    1986:

  • Grahamstown Art Festival exhibition.
  • Lecturers’ exhibition, SAAA Klerksdorp.

    1987:

  • Beuster-Skolimowski Gallery, Pretoria.
  • Corona del Mar Young Artists’ Award, Uvongo, KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Potchefstroom artists, Potchefstroom.
  • Works on paper, Etienne Rousseau Theatre, Sasolburg.
  • Retrospective Students’ exhibition, Total Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • Cadres d’Esprit, Cape Town.

    1988:

  • Lecturers’ exhibition, Annandale Gallery, SAAA, Lichtenburg.
  • Volkskas Atelier exhibition, SAAA (NTvl), Pretoria.
  • Atelier exhibition, Baxter Gallery, Cape Town.
  • Göhrde Galerie, Gienou, Germany.
  • “Focus on Humans”, Human Science Research, Council, Pretoria.

    1989:

  • Gallery 88, Sasolburg.
  • Lecturers’ exhibition, SAAA Klerkdorp.
  • Volkskas Atelier exhibition, SAAA, Pretoria.
  • Lavrington Hall, Cape Town.
  • Strydom Gallery, George, Western Cape.

    1990:

  • Volkskas Atelier exhibition, SAAA, Pretoria.
  • Atelier exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Rosebank, Johannesburg.
  • Gallery 88, Sasolburg.
  • Strydom Gallery, George, Western Cape.
  • SAAA (NTvl), Harward Art Works, Pretoria.
  • SAAA (NTvl), Thaba Monaté, Gauteng.

    1991:

  • Cape Town Triennial, Rembrandt Group.
  • Strydom Gallery, George, Western Cape.
  • Lecturers’ exhibition, Gallery 88, Sasolburg.

    1992:

  • "Paris the Catalyst",Alliance Francaise, NSA Gallery, Durban.
  • Strydom Gallery, George, Western Cape.
  • "With the Scent of Flowers:, S.A. Association of Arts (N.TVL), Pretoria.

    1993:

  • Momentum Art Competition, Pretoria Art Gallery.
  • Strydom Gallery, George, Western Cape.
  • Guild Gallery exhibition, Chile.

    1994:

  • "Trees and Angels", SAAA (NTvl), Pretoria.
  • ABSA Bank Gallery, ABSA Towers, Johannesburg.
  • Guild Gallery exhibition, Philadelphia, USA.
  • Strydom Gallery, George, Western Cape.
  • Lecturers' exhibition, Campus Gallery, Dept of Visual Arts and History of Art, University of Pretoria.
  • Lecturers' exhibition, Elizabeth Gordon Gallery, Durban.

    1995:

  • Artists from the Greater Pretoria Region, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • "Contemporary Views", Gallery 88, Sasolburg.
  • Trust Bank Pavarotti evening, Johannesburg Civic Theatre, Braamfontein.
  • Strydom Gallery, George, Western Cape.
  • Pretoria Artists, Unisa Gallery, Pretoria.
  • Fine Arts competition, Municipal Art Gallery, Kempton Park.
  • Stellenbosch Art Gallery, Van Reineveld Plaza, Stellenbosch.

    1996:

  • Gala opening, Open Window Art Academy, Pretoria.
  • Lecturers’ exhibition, Campus Gallery, University of Pretoria.
  • Collaborative exhibition with André Naudé, Campus Gallery, University of Pretoria.
  • World Environment Exhibition, SAAA (NTvl), Pretoria Art Museum.
  • Guild Gallery, Germany.
  • NSA Gallery, Durban.

    1997:

  • Open Window Contemporary Art Gallery, Pretoria.
  • "A Little Big Thing", Thompson Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • Pretoria Artists, Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria.
  • Gallery 88, Sasolburg.
  • Strydom Gallery, George, Western Cape.
  • Gala Summer exhibition, Stellenbosch Art Gallery, Stellenbosch.
  • Landscape Art, ABSA Group Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • Millenium Gallery, Pretoria.

    1998:

  • Absolut Secret 3, Metropolitan Gallery, Cape Town.
  • Strydom Gallery, George, Western Cape.
  • Stellenbosch Art Gallery, Stellenbosch.
  • Gallery 88, Sasolburg.
  • "The Spirit and Images of Africa", Association of Arts, Pretoria.
  • "Buttons", Civic Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • New works, Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria.
  • "Landscape: Unity and Diversity", KKNK, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape.

    1999:

  • State Theatre Gallery, Pretoria.
  • FNB Vitá Awards/Winsor & Newton, Sandton Civic Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • Equus Art Gallery, Hatfield, Pretoria.
  • Leonardo Posted, Association of Arts, Pretoria.
  • Art Alive 99, Ruddell Theatre, WHPS, Pretoria.
  • Strydom Gallery, George, Western Cape.

    2000:

  • "Pretoria Select", Old Arts Building, University of Pretoria, Pretoria.
  • South African Art, Strydom Gallery, George.
  • Contemporary South Africa Painters, Galway-Parkview Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • Spring exhibition, Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria.
  • "Pretoria Select", Oliewenhuis Gallery, Bloemfontein.

    2001:

  • "Equise", Association of Arts, Pretoria.
  • "Equise", Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch.
  • "Unframed", Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria.
  • Lecturer exhibition, Old Arts Gallery, University of Pretoria.
  • Cats Exhibition, Art Scape Theatre Centre, Cape Town.

    2002:

  • “Fine South African Art”, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • “Inside Out”, Carol Lee, Upstairs@Bamboo, Johannesburg.

    2005:

  • “Art from two Metrpolis”, opening exhibition: Fried Contemporary Art Gallery, Pretoria.
  • "Badenhorst | Vermeulen | Roos", Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria.

    2006:

  • "Celebrating Rembrandt" Association of Arts, Pretoria.
  • "Physical self", Gallery 88, Sasolburg.
  • Strydom Gallery, George.
  • Art Alive 2006, Waterkloof Prep School, Brooklyn, Pretoria.
  • Aardklop, Snowflake Gallery, Potchefstroom.

    2007:

  • "4 x 4" (with Annelise Bowker, Nola Strauss and Zuanda Badenhorst), North West University, Potchefstroom.

    2008:

  • Exhibition (with Rina Stutzer and Helen Vaughan), Grande Provance, Franschhoek.
  • "Cancer - A Second Chance", Cansa Exhibition (with Diek Grobler, Guy du Toit, Lynette ten Krooden, Michele Nigrini, etc.), Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria.

    2009:

  • Art Exhibition, Curated by Cecile Loedolff (with Willem Boshoff, Norman Catherine, Marco Cianfanelli, Guy du Toit, Stephan Erasmus, Sandra Hanekom, Walter Oltmann, Diane Victor, etc.), Arcadia Street, Pretoria.

    2010:

  • "20.06.2010" (with Francois Jonker, Lizl Roos, Gustav Vermeulen, Francois Visser), Association of Arts Pretoria, Pretoria.
  • Group exhibition, Oude Libertas Gallery, Stellenbosch.
  • "The Landscape: Unity and Diversity" an exhibition of selected South African artists, SANAVA to Hyderabad, India.
  • "Art Alive", Waterkloof Preparatory School, Brooklyn, Pretoria.

    2011:

  • "Kaleidoscope" (Drawings by Johannes Meintjies and Chris Diedericks, Lynette te Krooden, Pieter Janse van Rensburg), Alette Wessels Kunskamer, Maroelana Centre, Pretoria.
  • "Rendezvous" Art Project (with 63 South African artists). Touring Programme: Clover Aardklop National Arts Festival, Potchefstroom; Michaelis Galleries, University of Cape Town; Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein; University of Johannesburg Gallery, Johannesburg.

    2012:

  • "World Art Day" - Engage: 2D and 3D Collaborations, Association of Arts Pretoria in collaboration with SANAVA.
  • Opening of Cape Town Creative Academy (CTCA), Old Biscuit Mill, Cape Town.
  • "Facing the Future"/"Portraits of Africa" (55 painters), Liebrecht Gallery, Somerset West.

    2014:

  • "Dialogues 2014", an exhibition of 38 selected South African that were presented in the Orangerie du Sénat, Paris and at the Association of Arts, Pretoria.
  • ♂ Exhibition of 8 works by 4 male artists (with Andre Naude, Andre Prinsloo and Kobus Walker), Association of Arts Pretoria.
  • "Vakansiebriewe" / Sonette deur Avril Gardiner (with Alida Bothma, Wendy Gaybba, Anthea Delmotte), Liebrecht Gallery, Somerset West.

    2015:

  • Gala Summer Exhibition, Stellenbosch Art Gallery, Stellenbosch.
  • "Grounded", an exhibition by former colleagues of the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Pretoria (with Frikkie Eksteen, Maragaret Gradwell, Angus Taylor, Lynette ten Krooden, Diane Victor, Berco Wilsenach), Oude Libertas Art Gallery, Stellenbosch.

    Awards

    1983: Winner, painting division, Kuesta National Arts Festival, Potchefstroom

    1983/1984: Gregoire Boonzaaier Painting Bursary, PU for CHE

    1984: Runner up (Painting) SASOL New Signatures exhibition, SAAA (NTvl), Pretoria

    1985: Merit Award, “Impressions “85”, Johannesburg Art Gallery

    1986: Human Science Research Council Award for MA (FA) degree

    1990: Foundation for the Creative Arts Award for research at the Cité Internationale des Artes, Paris, France (1991)

    Major Art Competitions

    1984: Sasol New Signatures Exhibition, SAAA (NTvL) Pretoria

    1985: Impressions “85” Exhibition, Johannesburg Art Gallery & Grahamstown Art Festival

    1988 – 1990: Volkskas Atelier Exhibitions

    1991: Cape Town Triennial, Rembrandt Group

    1993: Momentum Art Competition, Pretoria Art Gallery

    2002: Brett Kebble Art Awards, Cape Town

    Collections

    • National Art Gallery, Cape Town
    • Johannesburg Art Gallery
    • Pretoria Art Museum
    • Durban Art Gallery
    • University of Stellenbosch
    • University of Pretoria
    • Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (North West University)
    • SASOL
    • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
    • Human Science Research Council (HSRC)
    • SA Reserve Bank
    • Volkskas Bank
    • ABSA Bank
    • Standard Bank
    • Merchant Bank
    • First National Bank (FNB)
    • South African Broadcasting Corporation
    • Department of National Education
    • Constitutional Court, Johannesburg (Artists for Human Right Trust)
    • BMW South Africa
    • Technikon Pretoria
    • Department of Visual Arts, University of Pretoria
    • SA Art Collection, Klerksdorp
    • Municipal Art Collection, Potchefstroom
    • Municipal Art Collection, Edenval (Commission)
    • Telkom South Africa
    • African Rainbow Minerals, Sandton

    Commissions

    1987: 10 Artillery Brigade, Potchefstroom

    1990: North West Command, SANDF, Potchefstroom

    1993: Municipal commission, Edenvale

    1999: ABSA, North Towers, Johannesburg

    Charity Auctions (By invitation)

    1990: Harvard 50, Air Force Museum Fund, SAAA (NTvl), Pretoria

    1991: Child Welfare, Potchefstroom

    1995: Trust Bank Pavarotti evening, Civic Theater, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

    1998: Absolut Secret event (for AVA's Artreach Fund), House and Leisure / Association of Visual Arts (AVA), Cape Town.

    2005: Cats Pals Art Auction, Association of Arts, Pretoria

    2006: Stephan Weltz & Co. in Association with Sotheby’s: U.P Alumni Bursary Fund, Johannesburg

    2009: Strauss & Co: U.P. Alumni Bursary Fund, Johannesburg

    2011: Strauss & Co: U.P. Alumni Bursary Fund, Johannesburg

    2011: Lions "Support the Blind", Potchefstroom

    Selected work might be available at:

  • Stellenbosch Art Gallery, Rynveld Plaza, Stellenbosch.
  • Pretoria Kunskamer, 63 George Storrar Drive, Groenkloof, Pretoria.
  • Association of Arts, Mackie Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria.
  • Tina Skukan Gallery, Koedoeberg Road, Faerie Glen, Pretoria.
  • Liebrecht Gallery, Oudehuis Street, Somerset West.
  • The artist's studio, Lynnwood Glen, Pretoria.


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