Artist Statement

Swain Hoogervorst  (1988) is an artist primarily concerned with oil painting. Using photography as well as film and other digital means to influence his painting Hoogervorst responds to specific questions regarding the image and its relationship to painting. How these two different ways of seeing ultimately effect one another in a greater conversation regarding created and found images. The reality of what we see and our interpretation of our immediate surroundings. With a particular focus on landscape as a recurring theme Hoogervorst seeks to develop, and at once question, his visual language while responding to speific themes in the environment around him.

Hoogervorst currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.



2015: 50% funded scholarshipfor Artist Residency at Arteles Creative Centre, Finland

2015: Top 100 Barclays AtelierCompetition

2013: Top 40 finalist Absa Atelier Competition

2013: Participating artist at Schildersweek, Domburg, The Netherlands

2008: Nominated for a LoerieAward in the student category

2006: 100% Matric designpractical - one of 12 in the country


2014: Inside Out, AVA Gallery,Cape Town


2015: Arteles Creative Centre,Finland


2016: Liminal Geographies, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2016: Line and Shadow, CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg

2016: Death of the old, Galleri Kalashnikov, Johannesburg

2016: Stars and Tracks, Theproject Room, Windhoek, Nambia

2016: For what its worth, No End Contemporary, Johannesburg

2016: Pastoral Abstraction, Everard Read, Cape Town

2015: Defining the Narrative, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town

2015: Homage, Everard Read,Cape Town

2014: Pool Party, Alma Martha Project Space, Cape Town

2014: Golden Haze, Saon 91,Cape Town

2014: /SCAPE, Salon 91, CapeTown

2013: One in a Million, Salon 91, Cape Town

2013: Absa Atelier Best 100 in the country Exhibition, Johannesburg

2013: Schildersweek, Domburg, The Netherlands

2012/2013: Summer Show, Salon91, Cape Town

2012: { Impression; Sunset } Salon91, Cape Town

2012: Shedding Skins, Everybody Loves Everybody Gallery, Cape Town

2011: Open Studios for Art Walk, Cape Town

2011: Salon Locale, CapeTown

2010: The Sketch Assembly,Michealis, Cape Town


2014 – present: Part time lecturer, Ruth Prowse School of Fine Art, Cape Town

2011 - present: Contributing artist to the Creative Block Initiative, Yellowwoods

2012: Assisted artist LizaGrobler, Cape Town

2010: The Sketch Assembly, in collaboration with Andrew Putter and more, Michaelis, Cape Town

2009: Intern at A Word ofArt, Cape Town

2009: BA Visual Communications Design in Brand Communications, Vega

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