COBUS VAN BOSCH

 

Artist’s Statement

The human condition in southern Africa, past and present, has been the focus of Cobus van Bosch’s painting investigations in the last decade. Where Shakespeare emphasized the world as a stage, and men and women merely as players, Van Bosch’s portraits, and even landscapes, focus on the players, who, in Steve Toltz’s words, “carry suffering on their faces, and also bitterness if there’s room”. Van Bosch paints mainly in oils, but his investigations into people and their experiences of events in southern African history also include wood carving, casts in metal and other conceptual projects.

 

Curriculum Vitae

Academic

1997 – BA Fine Art – University of South Africa

1984 – BA Honnours (Journalism) – University of Stellenbosch

1983 – BA (Psychology, Philosophy) – University of Stellenbosch

 

Writing

Arts writing for Die Burger newspaper since 1993, and since 1995 full-time visual arts writer for Die Burger and the Media24 group. Assistant arts editor of Die Burger from 2001 to 2004. Since 1998 contributing to various newspapers, national magazines and art periodicals in South Africa. Full time artist and freelance arts writer since 2004.

 

Art

Solo exhibitions

2015 – The Problem of Memory (October, extended), at the Anglo-Boer War Museum, Bloemfontein

2015 – Die probleem van Geheue (March, new work), at the 2015 US Woordfees, Stellenbosch

2014 – The Trouble with Memory at the William Humphreys Art Gallery (Kimberley, September), the North West University (Potchefstroom, October) and the Prince Albert Art Gallery (December)

2013 – Vergete Verledes (March, Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn), awarded with the festival’s Kanna Prize for best visual arts exhibition.

2011 – Paintings from the series Oil and City (March, William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley)

2011 Forgotten Freedom Fighters (February, Johans Borman Gallery, Cape Town)

2010Bastard (March, Word Festival, Stellenbosch)

2008 City (March, 34Long, Cape Town)

2007March (March, 34Long, Cape Town)

2004 Memorial (March, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town)

2002Monument (February, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town)

2000Slag (March, Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet, Cape Town)

1998Cover (September, Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet, Cape Town)

 

Group exhibitions (from 2013)

2015Remnants of Place, at the D-Street Gallery, Stellenbosch (October)

2015 Silence – Chenshia, Cape Town, (April)

2015Die Burger – 100 Jaar, Artscape, Cape Town (April)

2015Portretteer, at the 2015 US Woordfees, Stellenbosch (March)

2015Toorwoorde roep my, at the 2015 US Woordfees, Stellenbosch

2015Die Alfabeter (March), at the 2015 US Woordfees, Stellenbosch

2014Freakin’ Flammable, group exhibition at PArt 14 (Prince Albert Visual Arts Festival, September)

2014 Still, group exhibition at the Johans Borman Gallery, Newlands (May)

2014Psige/Siel, group exhibition at the D-Street Gallery, Stellenbosch (May)

2014From the Heart, group exhibition at the Christopher Moller Gallery, Cape Town (April)

2014Magicus, group exhibition at the US Woordfees, D-Street Gallery, Stellenbosch (March)

2013 – Two person exhibition (Route series) with Nel Erasmus at Dawid Ras Gallery, Sandton

2013Panorama, group exhibition (landscapes) at the D-Street Gallery, Stellenbosch

2013Geskenke uit die grond, group exhibition, Breytenbach Centre, Wellington

2013Prototype, group exhibition, D-Street Gallery, Stellenbosch

2013Vanitas – Memento Mori – group exhibition at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (Oudtshoorn), D-Street Gallery (Stellenbosch), Port Elizabeth (Ron Belling Gallery), Sandton (Dawid Ras Gallery) and the Association for Visual Arts (Cape Town).

2013Hangklip Art Week (HAWK), Betty’s Bay (March)

 

Residencies

2005 – Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France (July, August)

 

Awards

2013Kanna Prize for best visual arts exhibition at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival for Vergete Verledes.

 

Works in collections and museums

Didata, Sanlam, Sasol, Rand Merchant Bank, Nando’s UK, McMillan Insurance, University of the North West, University of the Witwatersrand, William Humphreys Art Gallery, Anglo-Boer War Museum.