JOHANN LOUW

b. 1965, Bellville, South Africa

Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa

Johann Louw graduated with a Masters in Fine Art from Stellenbosch University in 1992, and has since exhibited to great critical acclaim both in South Africa and abroad. In 2007, the Sanlam Art Collection presented a mid-career retrospective as a tribute to Louw’s extensive output and distinguished career over the past two decades. This exhibition toured the country in 2008 and 2009, and was accompanied by a publication on the artist.

Most recently, Louw opened a solo presentation, entitled Lacrimosa, at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa which ran until 30 April 2019. Louw also exhibited work as part of the Stellenbosch University’s centenary exhibition, titled Forward? Forward! Forward… which also came to a close at the end of April 2019. In 2018, Louw participated in a group show, entitled Endless Horizons Gráfica Sudafricana, at the Mexican Art Expo in Mexico City, Mexico; and presented a solo booth with SMAC Gallery at Istanbul Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey.

In 2009, Louw was selected to form part of Linguaggi del Mondo: Languages of the World an official collateral exhibition to the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. In 2010 he exhibited in Environmental Concern and Human Existence at the 4th Beijing International Art Biennale, China, and Paralleli – the official exhibition of the Sabbionetta Biennale for Contemporary Art in Italy. Louw was awarded the Ampersand Fellowship in 2014. He was included in Home Truths, curated by Micheal Godby, that opened in late 2016, at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, and later at the Sanlam Art Gallery in Belville, South Africa. In the same year, the Association of Visual Art (AVA) Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa presented a solo exhibition of works by Johann Louw, entitled AVA Alumni: Johann Louw. The exhibition is the first in a series where a selection of established artists had the opportunity to showcase the history of their practice and their progression since originally showing with the AVA Gallery.

Solo exhibitions include: Lacrimosa at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa in 2019; Der Abschied at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2017; Loog at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2016; New Paintings at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2010; Terugkoms van Cythera (Return from Cythera) at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town in 2013; and Gestaltes, an exhibition of large scale works on paper at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa in 2014. The University of Johannesburg Art Gallery presented his Et in Arcadia Ego in 2013.

Louw recently participated in Stellenbosch University’s Centenary Exhibition entitled Forward? Forward! Forward …  The exhibition was a future-oriented centenary exhibition of 100 artworks depicting the future of Stellenbosch University and higher education in Africa. Forward? Forward! Forward… which opened on 5 December 2018 and ran until 30 April 2019.

Louw recently presented his solo exhibition, titled Lacrimosa,  at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town.

Wish You Were Here | SMAC Gallery | Cape Town, South Africa | 2018

Forward? Forward! Forward…, | Stellenbosch University Museum | Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2018

Endless Horizons | Taller Rufino Tamayo | Oaxaca, Mexico |2018

Impressions, Association of Arts Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa.2018

FNB Joburg Art Fair | Sandton Convention Centre | Johannesburg, South Africa | 2018

FNB Joburg Art Fair | Sandton Convention Centre (CTICC) | Johannesburg, South Africa | 2017

Cape Town Art Fair | Cape Town Convention Centre (CTICC) | Cape Town, South Africa | 2017

Home truths: Domestic Interiors in South African Collections | IZIKO South African National Gallery | Cape Town, South Africa | 2016

SUMMER SHOW ’16 | SMAC Gallery | Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2016

FNB Joburg Art Fair 2016 | Sandton Convention Centre | Johannesburg, South Africa | 2016

Upstart/Startup | SMAC Gallery | Johannesburg, South Africa |  2016

Cape Town Art Fair | Cape Town Convention Centre (CTICC) | Cape Town, South Africa | 2016

Cape Town Art Fair | Cape Town Convention Centre (CTICC) | Cape Town, South Africa | 2015

FNB Joburg Art Fair | Sandton Convention Centre | Johannesburg, South Africa | 2014

Paperwork: an exhibition of Contemporary South African works on paper | SMAC Gallery | Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2014

miart | Fieromilanocity | Milan, Italy | 2014 

Cape Town Art Fair | Cape Town Convention Centre (CTICC) | Cape Town, South Africa | 2014 

The Loom Of The Land | STEVENSON | Johannesburg, South Africa | 2013

The Xmas Show | SMAC Gallery | Cape Town, South Africa | 2013 

Cape Town Art Fair | Cape Town Convention Centre (CTICC) | Cape Town, South Africa | 2013

FNB Joburg Art Fair 2013  | Sandton Convention Centre | Johannesburg, South Africa | 2013

ARCOmadrid |IFEMA, Feira de Madrid | Madrid, Spain | 2013

PAINT I: Contemporary South African Painting 2002 – 2012 | SMAC Gallery | Cape Town, South Africa | 2012

COLLECTION 17 Modern and Contemporary South African Art: 1952 – 2012 | Aardklop Nasionale Kunstefees / National Arts Festival | Potchefstroom, South Africa | 2012

FNB Joburg Art Fair | Sandton Convention Centre | Johannesburg, South Africa | 2012

Index 40: Leading Works from the Sanlam Art Collection | SMAC Gallery | 2010

Divisions: Aspects of South African Art 1948 – 2010 | SMAC Gallery | Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2010

Johann Louw & Sanell Aggenbach: Portraits | Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2008

John McDonald | Sydney Morning Herald | A tale of two art fairs | 28 September 2018

Marco Enrico Giacomelli | Artribune | Contemporary Istanbul. La fiera sul Bosforo compie 13 anni | 20 September 2018 – PDF

Nicola Kritzinger | Business Day | Louw art: baboon in our psyches is there when we die | 20 December 2017 – PDF

Tim Liebbrandt | The Weekend Argus | Scraping Away to Essential Shape | March 2016 – PDF

Melvyn Minnaar | Die Burger | Aanslag op die Onderbewuste | December 2014 – PDF

Johan Myburg | Die Beeld | Dood Skuil in Louw se Arcadia | 21 August 2013 – PDF

Cobus van Bosch | Die Burger | Louw se Skilderye Spreek Kleurtaal | 14 January 2011 – PDF

Melvyn Minnaar | Art Times | SMAC Gallery sends 3 Artists to the Prestigious 53rd Venice Biennale | July 2009 – PDF

Melvyn Minnaar | Cape Times | SA Turns Heads in Venice | July 2009 – PDF