Marlene von Dürckheim was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1945. She received a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, as well as a Bachelor Honours degree in Fine Arts and a Masters degree in Classical Culture both at the University of Stellenbosch. She worked as a Professional Assistant at the Johannesburg Art Gallery, taught art at art schools in Johannesburg and was a lecturer in Art at the University of Stellenbosch. She has been working as a full-time artist since 1992.
Her work is represented in corporate and public collections in South Africa as well as in private collections in South Africa, the United States of America and Europe.
She has exhibited in galleries in Berlin, Germany, The Hague, The Netherlands, and South Africa where she still takes part in solo and group exhibitions.
Marlene about her Work
My oeuvre mostly consists of stillife painting, but I also diverge into land- and seascape painting and figure compositions. I work in oil on canvas, because for me the oil medium has so much potential and is very well suited to my temperament. My technique is painting layer upon layer to create depth and also paring away the paint to expose previous layers. For me this emulates memory which I rely on to do my painting. I approach my work geometrically, by continuously simplifying forms and overlapping the shapes.
I aim to express an overall feeling of harmony, purity and beauty in my work so that it communicates a feeling of tranquillity free from depressing and alarming subject matter. I want the overall composition in my work to invite closer inspection, the forms, the colours, the textures should be like a Persian carpet where every knot counts. My work is a form of meditation and so I wish it to be for the beholder. I believe the world needs good and beautiful art.
Mobile Phone: +27 (0)83 290 5986
Born: December 7, 1945 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Address: P. O Box 3222, Matieland, 7602, South Africa
M.A. in Classical Culture at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa 2003
BA Honnours (Fine Arts) at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa 1989
BA (Fine Arts) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa 1969
Full-time Artist since 1992
Part-time Art Lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch
Art Teacher at two Johannesburg art schools
Graphic Artist at Perskor Publishers, Johannesburg
Professional Assistant, Johannesburg Art Gallery
2018 Praelexis, Technopark, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
2016 “Tides of Time” Exhibition, IS Art Gallery, Franschhoek, South Africa.
2015 Stellenbosch Art Galery, Stellenbosch, South Africa
2010 Smelik & Stokking Gallery, The Hague, The Netherlands
2008 Smelik & Stokking Gallery, The Hague, Amsterdam and Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1998 South African Arts Association, Worcester, South Africa
1998 South African Arts Association, Bellville (Cape Town), South Africa
1995 Sembach Gallery, Hout Bay, South Africa.
1993 Gallery, Stellenbosch, Dorp Street South Africa.
1992 University of Stellenbosch Art Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
2018 Group Exhibition, Die Kunskamer, Cape Town
2018 Group Exhibition, ISArt, Franschhoek
2018 Group Exhibition, Stellenbosch Art Gallery, Stellenbosch
2018 Group Exhibition Arts Association of Stellenbosch
2017 Guest Artist at Group Exhibition Arts Association Stellenbosch at Stellenbosch
2016 Group Exhibition “Masterpiece” Johans Borman Galery, 16 Kildare Road, Newlands, Cape Town
2016 Group Exhibition “Aspects of Abstraction II” Johans Borman Gallery, 16 Kildare Road, Newlands, Cape Town
1992 - 2016 Permanent group exhibitions at: Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery, In Fin Art Building, Upper Buitengracht Street/ 16 Kildare Road, Newlands, Cape Town, Ebony Design Cape Town and Franschhoek, IS Art Franschhoek, Johann Bloem Gallery, Jeffreys Bay
2015 Group Exhibition Cape Town Art Fair
2015 Group Exhibition SAADA Antiques Fair & Design Expo, Cape Town
2014 Group Exhbition “Black & White” Johans Borman Gallery, 16 Kildare Road, Newlands, Cape Town
2014 Group Exhibition “Still” Johans Borman Gallery, 16 Kildare Road, Newlands, Cape Town
2014 Group Exhibition 50th SAADA Antiques Fair, Cape Town
2014 Group Exhibition Cape Town Art Fair
2012 Group Exhibition, IS Art, Franschhoek, December 2012
2009 40th Jubilee Exhibition, Smelik & Stokking Galeries, The Hague, Rotterdam, Amsterdam
2009 “Art that inspires” Group Exhibition, Johans Borman Gallery, Upper Buitengracht Street, Cape Town
2006 - 2008 Group exhibition, Grand Provence, Franschhoek.
2006 – 2008 Group exhibition Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch.
2004 - 2005 With Manfred Mueller Preuss, Galerie Petra Lange, Berlin, Germany.
2002 Exhibition of Contemporary South African Art, Chelsea, Londen, England
2001 With Kaffie Pretorius, Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch
1993 With Leon de Bliquy, Botega Gallery, Oudtshoorn, South Africa
1990 With Hannatjie de Kock, Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch
“Marlene Gräfin von Dürckheim” in: The Collector’s Guide to Art and Artists in South Africa: A Visual Journey into the Thoughts, Emotions and Minds of 558 Artists. Cape Town: South African Institute of Artists & Designers, 1998, p. 186.
“Marlene Gräfin von Dürckheim” in: A Directory of South African Contemporary Art vol 1 Painting. Cape Town: Contemporary Arts Publishers, 1997, p. 80.
Corporate and Public Collections
Represented in the following collections:
• University of Stellenbosch,
• Sun International, Cape Town,
• ABSA Bank.
• Old Mutual
• Graduate Business School, University of Pretoria
• Vergelegen Wine Estate, Somerset West
Also represented in private collections in South Africa, England, United States of America, Germany and Switzerland.