Swain Hoogervorst (born in 1988) is a South African artist based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Hoogervorst studied Design and Advertising at the Vega School of Brand Communications in Cape Town (2010) before starting painting at the end of 2010. His debut exhibition was in 2012 at Salon 91 in Cape Town, and shortly after he participated in Schildersweek, a one-week painting residency in Domburg in the Netherlands. In 2014 his solo exhibition Inside Out opened at the AVA Gallery in Cape Town. In 2015 he completed a residency in Finland at Arteles Creative Centre, followed by a solo exhibition with the Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town in 2017 (Searching Eudaimonia). 2018 included a presentation, Making Pictures, in the Cubicle Series at Everard Read CIRCA in Cape Town, followed by a residency in the South of France at Mas des Graviers (2019). Between Spaces opened mid-2020 at Everard Read in Cape Town. Hoogervorst is currently working towards exhibiting in London and expanding his presence to an international market. He is represented by the Everard Read Galleries in South Africa and in London. 

Artist Statement

At present my painting practice can be divided in two parts: intimate still life studies and my greater studio practice, the former revolving around responsive en plein air-style work (making paintings from life).

These typically small still life paintings have become a precursor to making larger and more abstracted works, the ambition of which is to put together a series of moments that excite me. I am realising that a painting does not have to be based on a singular vantage point or one particular reference. Rather, my practice has evolved into creating surfaces that act as repositories, pictures indicative of my ability to choose freely or change my mind.

References are no longer limited to personal photographs but include found materials, objects in the studio, screen grabs from films or Instagram and personal views snapped on my iPhone, all of which integrate organically onto a singular canvas to create something new. A painting of something that doesn’t exist, but which draws on the real to create something beyond it.

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