Bevan de Wet
Bevan de Wet (b.1985) is an independent artist and printmaker based in Johannesburg. He graduated with a BFA with distinction from Rhodes University in 2008. From 2011-2016, de Wet worked at the Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg as a professional print technician, collaborator, and academic facilitator. He also ran regular workshops at the Sharon Sampson studio. He currently works from his own print studio called Eleven Editions.
His practice centres around our increased sense of alienation from the natural environment and the spaces we inhabit, by exploring the loss of cultural identity and the breakdown of spiritual and moral values. De Wet draws attention to the fragmented nature of our engagement with the world. His concerns around global and environmental future sustainability has lead him to explore themes which range from surface and the subnormal network to the formalist structures we impose on the landscape.
Traversing the tensions between the organic and the constructed world, de Wet’s work is realised through etching, relief printing, papermaking, drawing and painting. He works primarily with paper, engaging its materiality and pushing the boundaries of the surface.
De Wet has exhibited extensively, both locally and internationally, including The Other Landscape (solo, Lizamore Gallery, 2019), Drawing on Entropy (solo, Hazard Gallery, 2018), New Forms: A Study of Broken Parallels (solo, Candice Berman Gallery, 2017), Origins & Trajectories (Paris, 2016); International Printmaking Alliance Exhibition (China 2016-17).
The artist’s work is held in a number of private and public collections including The Wits Art Museum, Nirox Foundation, the South African Embassy in Washington DC, Art Bank Collection South Africa, MOAD Museum of African Design, and the Ahmanson Foundation in Los Angeles.
De Wet’s awards include: the Ampersand Foundation Fellowship (New York residency 2013), the Thami Mnyele Art on Paper award 2013, the ABSA L’Atelier Merit Award 2014 (Sylt Foundation residency, Germany), and an ImpAct Award for Visual Art from the Arts and Culture Trust 2014. De Wet also attended the Cill Rialaig Artists Residency in Ireland 2017.
Awards & Affiliations
2014 ImpACT Award for Young Professionals, Visual Arts Winner, Arts and Culture Trust (JHB)
2014 ABSA L’Atelier Merit Award Winner, Sylt Foundation Residency 2015 (Germany)
2013 Ampersand Foundation Fellowship & Residency (New York)
2012 Thami Mnyele Art on Paper Merit Award (JHB)
2017 Cill Rialaig Arts Residency (Ireland)
2015 Sylt Foundation Residency (Germany)
2014 Bag Factory Artist Residency (Johannesburg)
2013 Ampersand Fellowship Residency (New York)
2019 The Other Landscape, Lizamore & Associates Gallery (JHB)
2018 Drawing on Entropy, Hazard Gallery (JHB)
2017 New Forms: A Study of Broken Parallels, Candice Berman Gallery (JHB)
2017 Bevan de Wet, solo booth, South African Fine Art Print Fair, GIBS (JHB)
2016 Drawing Rooms, with City Soiree (JHB)
2014 Vestige, NIROX Projects (JHB)
2013 Masquerade, Montserrat College of Art (Massachusetts, USA)
2013 Bevan de Wet, Gordon Gallery, Boston Arts Academy (Boston, USA)
2008 Hybrid Identities, Observatory Museum (Grahamstown, South Africa)
Wits Art Museum (JHB); Nirox Foundation (JHB); National Art Bank (SA); Arts & Culture Trust (SA); EXXARO (SA); South African Embassy (Washington DC); Ahmanson Foundation (LA); Museum of African Design (MOAD, JHB).