Roelof Rossouw

Roelof Rossouw in his studio 2021
“In the 1960s my grandparents lived on a small farm near Oshoek, Swaziland in a beautiful
place known as Steynsdorp.
The old farm house was very humble and we
used oil lamps and candles at night. I was a little boy and
sometimes spend
a week or two visiting there. A great
impression was made
and I still love and appreciate rural areas with their rustic and simple ways
Not so long ago I visited the villages of Suurbraak and De Rust. The rustic charm of the old cottages and small humble houses inspired me to paint them. I felt that I had to add figures in some of them, mainly children to tell a story. For example the two little girls visiting their grandmother on the old farm. COVID19 had forced us to stand still and think. It has made us value life and freedom more, to appreciate the simple pleasures of life more. I find potential inspiration and material in everyday situations. The subject matter doesn’t have to be grand or idyllic, quite the opposite. I can’t help but to observe the abstract shapes and exciting contrasts created by the sunlit and shadow areas of old buildings and walls, an old factory, a street scene, farm-lands, etc. These are the kind of visual statements that inspire me to capture them on canvas. The central theme of my paintings has something to do with mood, light and colour. I try and create a particular atmosphere and sense of time. By reducing unnecessary detail I focus the attention on the shapes and juxtaposition of colour”.

BACK TO SIMPLICITY EXHIBITION 16/5/21-17/6/21

WINTER SUNSET ON AN AFRICAN FARM
40x50cm. Oil on cotton duck canvas.
R19500
SUNDAY AFTERNOOON AT THE RIVER
61 x 76 cm. Oil on blocked canvas.
R29500
AFTER THE RAIN
66 X 91cm oil on cotton duck canvas 
R39000
THREE GIRLS AT THE FARM DAM   
50 x 60cm oil on  Blocked Canvas 
R24000
THE RIPPLE EFFECT   
71 x 89cm oil on cotton duck canvas 
R36000
THREE BOYS IN THE RIVER 
66 x 91cm oil on cotton duck canvas 
R39000
THREE BOYS IN THE RIVER II
60 x 76cm oil on Blocked Canvas 
R29000
VISITING GRANDMA  
76 x 102cm oil on Blocked Canvas 
R45000
ABANDONED FACTORY
50x70cm Acrylic and oil on cotton duck canvas
R25000
SUNSET ON OLD BARN 
61 x 76cm oil on  Blocked Canvas 
R29500
IRIS DES JARDIN, PARIS   
76 x 102cm oil on cotton duck canvas
R45000
THE CHURCH GARDEN, CHURCHHAVEN
50 x 70cm oil on Belgian canvas
R25000

“I was born in 1957, and grew up in Benoni, near Johannesburg. A painter of figures, city and landscapes, street scenes, boats and harbours, architecture, interiors, restaurant scenes and gardens. Works mainly in oils, but also in mixed media and collage

I have travelled widely visiting Europe, The British Isles, Middle East, USA, Singapore, Australia, Canada, Zanzibar and The Caribbean (Painting vacations in Italy, France, Ukraine and USA)”

PROFILE

1979-1981 Studied at the Johannesburg School of Art gaining a National Diploma in Art and Design

1982-1990 Employed by the Medical University of Southern Africa as graphic artist and medical illustrator

1992 Started painting seriously on a daily basis

1995 Successful full time artist

EXHIBITIONS

1988-2020 A total of 45 solo exhibitions at top galleries in Johannesburg,

Pretoria, Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Cheltenham UK

1999 Three-man exhibition at the Gatehouse Gallery, Glasgow

1991-2014 Numerous group exhibitions in South Africa, London, Cheltenham,

Glasgow, Jersey, Galway, Armagh (N. Ireland)

Montreal, Miami and at the Broadway Gallery, New York

REFERENCES

ART FAIRS INTERNATIONAL VOL 19 SUMMER 2012 pg. 25

PRETORIA Artist Impressions 1857-2001 by Eric Bolsman

THE ARTISTS OF THE WATERBERG by Sas Kloppers

AWARDS

First, second and third place in the American Art Awards 2014

In the category: HUMAN IMPRESSIONISM

First place tie in 2019 in the category: HUMAN IMPRESSIONISM

First place in 2020 in the category: STILL LIFE (interior)

Two second place tie awards in the category: HUMAN IMPRESSIONISM

OTHER ARWORKS FOR SALE:

Roelof Rossouw ‘ V&A Waterfront Scene Cape Town’
90×120 – excluding frame Oil on Marine Ply
R65000
Sorry, Temporarily closed 60x76cm Oil on canvas. ZAR 65000. 2nd place winner of the American Art Awards 2020 category IMPRESSIONISM: HUMAN
Crimson and White Irises 61 x 61 cm oil on canvas R 26500
Keukenhof Glory. Oil on Belgian canvas. 46x46cm. R15500