Heidi Fourie

Heidi Fourie (b-24.08.1990) was born and raised in Pretoria. She completed her BA Fine Arts (cum laude) in 2012 at the University of Pretoria, specialising in painting, where she received the Bettie Cilliers Barnard bursary for Fine Arts. She has participated in a number of group exhibitions in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Antwerp. She has also been a finalist in Sasol New Signatures (2011, 2013), ABSA l’Atelier (2013 (top 10), 2014), Thami Mnyele Fine Art Awards (2012, 2013) and SPI Portrait Awards (2013, 2015). She is currently working as a full time fine artist and had her first solo exhibition, Islands, in 2015 at Lizamore & Associates Gallery in Johannesburg under the mentorship of Frikkie Eksteen. She exhibited alongside Allen Laing in a duo exhibition titled Fragments Imagined at the 2016 KKNK. She had her second large solo exhibition, Borrowed Scenery in August 2016 at Salon91 Gallery in Cape Town and is currently preparing for her third which will take place at Fried Contemporary Art Gallery in Pretoria in 2017.

“I am curious to uncover the countless mark-making and representational possibilities of pigment, binder and solvent solutions and applications. I believe paint can reveal meaning in the seemingly meaningless, and value in the seemingly valueless. It demands a prolonged gaze and suspension of disbelief, transporting the viewer to an alternate reality. To me, painterly marks not only makeup subjects but are subjects in themselves.”