Kirsten Beets was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1983. She works predominantly with oil paint on paper. Her main subjects and themes are how people interact with nature in a recreational way, usually observing things from a high vantage point and neatly rendering them in minute detail. Observations of people, places and objects (and sometimes the imaginative thoughts that were produced by them) thus recorded, transfer a fleeting moment into a physical object; elevating their significance and making them touchstones of memory.

Kirsten completed a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Stellenbosch University in 2005 and subsequently went on to study 3D animation at The Animation School. She worked as a texture artist for a post-production company in Cape Town before pursuing further postgraduate education at Stellenbosch University. There she gained a BPhil in illustration. Kirsten has participated in several group shows in South Africa at: Salon91, Everard Read, Grahamstown National arts festival, Sasol art museum, University of Stellenbosch museum, Ron Belling Gallery and Underculture Contemporary Gallery. She was also selected for a residency at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice in 2012. She has exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2014 in London.

EXHIBITIONS:

2011

  • First Editions, A group exhibition of illustrated books and animations, Salon 91, SA

  • Handbound, A collection of illustrated bookworks, Sasol Art Museum, SA

  • Becomings, An exhibition of process works, US Art Gallery, SA

  • If You Let Yourself Love A Wild Thing, A mixed media group show in association with Greenpop, aimed at promoting environmental consciousness through fine arts, Salon 91, SA

2012

  • I’d Rather be Swimming, A mixed media group show in association with I AM WATER Ocean Concervation Trust , Salon 91. SA

2013

  • Aurora , Group show of all female illustrators , Salon91. CT

  • One in a Million, Group Show, Salon91. CT

  • Animal Advance, Group Show, CFI Gallery (Formerly the Ron Belling Gallery) in association with the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. PE

  • Possessed, Group Show, Everard Reed Gallery. CT

  • For Play, Group Show, Underculture Contemporary Gallery. PE

  • Modern Miniatures, Group Show, ART Gallery in association with the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. PE

  • ART4U, Affordable Art Fair Cape Town, Salon91. CT

  • Home Is Whenever I’m With You, Group Show in aid of the Ithemba Labantwana Children’s Home, salon 91. CT

2014

  • Cape Town Art Fair , Represented by Salon91, CT

  • Cape Town Design Indaba, selected as an Emerging Creative. CT

  • Sundays child , Solo show, Salon91. CT

  • The Winter Exhibition, Group Show, Everard Reed Gallery. CT

  • The Summer Season, Group Show, Everard Reed Gallery. CT

  • The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Show, RA . London

  • Golden haze, Group Show in aid of the Sunflower Fund for cancer research, Salon91. CT

2015

  • Cape Town Art Fair , Represented by Salon91, CT

  • Fine print,Group Show, Underculture Contemporary Gallery in association with the National Arts Festival Fringe Programme. PE

  • Everyday Eden, Solo show , salon91, CT

  • The Turbine Art Fair , Johannesburg , South Africa

  • Stellar, Group Show , Salon91, CT

2016

  • Cape Town Art Fair , Cape Town

  • Paper Is You II , Group Show Salon 91, CT

  • The Turbine Art Fair , Johannesburg , South Africa

RESIDENCIES:

2012

  • 1 month artist’s residency at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy (September)

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