Swain Hoogervorst (born 1988) is based in Cape Town. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts from Vega (2010). He was selected as a top 100 finalist in the L’atelier Competition in both 2013 and 2015. Residencies include Schildersweek in the Netherlands (2013), Arteles Creative Centre in Finland (2015) and, most recently, Mas des Graviers in France (2019). Hoogervorst has participated in numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally. His first solo exhibition Inside Out was at the AVA Gallery in Cape Town (2014). Searching Eudaimonia (2017) marked his solo debut at the Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town, followed by In Between Spaces (2020), his second solo at gallery,  by whom he is represented in South Africa and London in the UK. His work can be found in private and public collections, including the Spier Arts Trust.


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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