Jacques specialises in the relationship between man/animals & the physical condition..
Jacques van der Merwe Biography
Jacques van der Merwe was born in 1974 in London and grew up in South Africa. The artist moved to Australia in 2008 with his family. Currently he lives and works on Tamborine Mountain, Australia.
Jacques attended the school for art, drama, ballet and music – Pro Arte, Pretoria, South Africa. Here he obtained two distinctions in painting and sculpture. After art school, Jacques van der Merwe underwent an apprenticeship in sculpture for two years under sculptor Anton Smit. He participated in prominent group exhibitions in South Africa, including the launch of the new 5 series BMW in 1996. From 1997-2009 Jacques started and managed a factory, Dado Creations, in South Africa. During this time he participated in various group exhibitions.
The first time he participated in an exhibition in Australia was at Swell 2012, Currumbin, Gold Coast. In 2013 Jacques had two solo exhibitions, the first, “Foreign Landings”, at Marks and Gardner Gallery, and the other “New Arrivals” at the Beaudesert Art Centre. The portrait “Hamed Zwafa” was selected as a semi-finalist for the Doug Moran Price. In October 2014 Jacques exhibited “New Arrivals” at Logan Art Gallery.
Jacques participates in the 20/20 Group exhibition of Logan Art Gallery in January 2015. October 2015 Jacques participated in the Wyaralong Art Symposium. Jacques did a two-week Artist in Residency at Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre in June 2015. In 2015, Jacques was a finalist of the Lismore Hardwood Portrait Prize.
2016 started with the Boring drawing exhibition at the Lanark Art Project and in April Jacques exhibited the New Arrivals at Stanthorpe Regional Gallery. Michael Wardell published an article on the ‘New Arrivals’ in the July 2016 issue of the Portrait Magazine.
Jacques van der Merwe is in 2017 a finalist in the Lethbridge Small Scale Art Exhibition, exhibits New Arrivals at Charters Towers Regional Art Gallery in Queensland and participates in Festival a-part International, Les Baux-de-Provence in France.
In 2018 Jacques is accepted to study Masters Degree of Visual art at Queensland College of Art. His sculpture Pair Bond was included in the Tom Bass Finalist exhibition.
Jacques van der Merwe make artworks in bronze, white hydrocal, medical bandages, tablets, sound, ink on paper and oil on canvas. In his art, Jacques has been exploring the ‘human condition’ for the last few years; specialising in the personal relationship between man/animals and the physical conditioning.Jacques projects monochrome self-portraits onto three indexically distressed white busts almost in the same manner as one would with normal lighting in a gallery by manipulating contrast in the projected images. The work aims to subtly unsettle the audience through the slow-moving projected eyes, mouth, and tongue of the artist. The projected self-portraits are dialectically engaged with the plaster busts. These were sculpted from memory to address themes of memory, loss, and estrangement.