Pieter van der Westhuizen

Pieter van der Westhuizen

1931-2008 – His work comprises mainly landscapes, portraits, still life, genre, figures and abstract pictures and he works in pastel, oil, watercolour, ink, pencil, charcoal and in various graphic media. He has for the past three years been engaged in completing works of outstanding quality and beauty which have been especially chosen for this important event. The diversity of the works and his ability to evoke new emotions and vistas from his familiar landscapes and portraits and his ability to explore new subjects are testimony to the creative talents of this true master of his craft

Pieter van der Westhuizen was born in Pretoria in 1931. He studied art at Unisa under Sakkie Eloff, Leo Theron, Robert Hodgins and others. In 1960 he worked under Alfred Krentz and in 1971 under Erik Laubscher. During 1979-80 he attended the National Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunst at the Royal Academy of Arts in Belgium. In 1982 and 1985 he continued his studies at the Stedelijke Akademie in Ghent and the Ryks Centrum voor Grafiek in Belgium.

During 1983 and 1985 he studied wood-block printing in Japan. Born, as he puts it, “between the great drought and the Second World War” Pieter discovered at a very young age that “the world I found myself in was not a comfortable one… At around the age of four I decided that this life was not for me. I began creating another world for myself – in pictures.”

Pieter has had many one-man and group exhibitions in 1988. In 1989 he exhibited with inter alia Marc Chagall, Yaacov Agam, and Ben Avram. He works in pastel, watercolour, oil, ink, pencil, charcoal, and other graphic media. Today, Pieter’s works are found in private and state collections in South Africa, Brittian, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, China, Japan, and Israel. Pieter van der Westhuizen is widely regarded as one of the most popular artists in South Africa today.

Pieter discovered at a very young age that “the world I found myself in was not a comfortable one… At around the age of four I decided that this life was not for me. I began creating another world for myself – in pictures.”

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