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The paintings and sculptures of South African-born artist Deon Venter is recognized and applauded both in his native country and internationally. His work questions common understandings about history and socio-political beliefs and examines the familiar in new mediums and terms. Much of his work addresses personal and universal issues of immigration and concepts of nationalism and belonging. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections internationally, including the National Art Museum of South Africa, the King George Art Museum of Port Elizabeth, the Canadian Department of External Affairs, and the Granite Club of Toronto.

Born in Despatch, Eastern Cape, South Africa, Venter immigrated to Vancouver, Canada in 1989 and much of his work in the 1990s addresses the issues surrounding this change. Even post-apartheid, Venter's work reflects the part of his life spent in an environment where freedom of expression and human rights were greatly suppressed.The result is art that is challenging and invites varied interpretations of meaning: Venter will not tell the viewer overtly what is happening. His work ranges from complex painting and sculpture installations to small representative paintings. Many of his paintings reflect his training in sculpture, and are constructed like sculptures built on canvas.

In 1986 Deon Venter received the Hans Marensky National Sculpture Award in recognition of his impressive body of work, both in South Africa and internationally. His most recent exhibitions include important retrospectives at French Laundry in Montreal, and Buschlen Mowatt Galleries in Vancouver.





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Deon Venter - Dolphins II - click for larger image

Dolphins II
58 x 78 Inches 
mixed media on canvas
$15,000
Deon Venter - Signs  - click for larger image

Signs
72 x 96 Inches 
mixed media on canvas
$18,000
Deon Venter - Signs II - click for larger image

Signs II
72 x 96 Inches 
mixed media on canvas
$18,000
Deon Venter - Landing II - click for larger image

Landing II
58 x 78 Inches 
mixed media on canvas
$15,000
Deon Venter - Landing III - click for larger image

Landing III
78 x 100 Inches 
mixed media on canvas
$22,000
Deon Venter - Olympia #8  - click for larger image

Olympia #8
24 x 54 Inches 
oil on linen
$10,000
Deon Venter - L.S. Flesh  - click for larger image

L.S. Flesh
30 x 60 Inches 
mixed media on canvas and sheet metal
$15,000
from The Order of Things series
Deon Venter - Court Room No.3 - click for larger image

Court Room No.3
73 x 39 Inches 
oil on linen
$14,000
from the Flight 182 series
Deon Venter - Missing No.8 - click for larger image

Missing No.8
56 x 44 Inches 
oil on linen
$12,000
Deon Venter - Lead - click for larger image

Lead
85 x 109 Inches 
tar, alkyd, enamel, kaolin, shellac, and glazes on canvas
$35,000
from the Order of Things series
Deon Venter - Flesh - click for larger image

Flesh
85 x 109 Inches 
tar, alkyd, enamel, kaolin, shellac, and glazes on canvas
$40,000
from the Order of Things series
Deon Venter - Court Room #2 - click for larger image

Court Room #2
73 x 65 Inches 
oil on linen
$25,000
Deon Venter - L.S. Bone  - click for larger image

L.S. Bone
30 x 60 Inches 
mixed media on canvas
$15,000
Deon Venter - Barcode Bone - click for larger image

Barcode Bone
36 x 102 Inches 
tar, alkyd, enamel, kaolin, shellac, and glazes on canvas
$20,000
from the Order of Things series
Deon Venter - B.C. Bone - click for larger image

B.C. Bone
30 x 60 Inches 
mixed media on canvas
$15,000
from The Order of Things series
Deon Venter - B.C. Flesh (Code 3 of 9) - click for larger image

B.C. Flesh (Code 3 of 9)
30 x 60 Inches 
mixed media on canvas
$15,000
from The Order of Things series
Deon Venter - Absentis Coral - click for larger image

Absentis Coral
58 x 96 Inches 
mixed media on canvas and sheet metal
$28,000
Deon Venter - Names - click for larger image

Names
87 x 73 Inches 
oil on canvas
$32,000
Deon Venter - Tapings No. 1 - click for larger image

Tapings No. 1
12 x 48 Inches 
oil & gesso on tape and canvas
$4,500
Deon Venter - Tapings No. 2 - click for larger image

Tapings No. 2
49 x 60 Inches 
oil & gesso on tape and canvas
Sold
Deon Venter - Tapings No. 3 - click for larger image

Tapings No. 3
12 x 48 Inches 
oil & gesso on tape and canvas
$4,500
Deon Venter - Tapings No. 14 - click for larger image

Tapings No. 14
oil & gesso on tape and canvas
Deon Venter - Tapings No. 17 - click for larger image

Tapings No. 17
12 x 48 Inches 
oil & gesso on tape and canvas
$4,500
Deon Venter - Tapings No. 12 - click for larger image

Tapings No. 12
12 x 48 Inches 
oil & gesso on tape and canvas
$4,500
Deon Venter - Tapings No. 15 - click for larger image

Tapings No. 15
12 x 48 Inches 
oil & gesso on tape and canvas
$4,500
Please email the gallery to view more works by Deon Venter.


Biography
1953    Born South Africa - Eastern Cape.
1989    Immigrated - Canada.
Lives and works on Saltspring Island, B.C.


Education
1976    Fine Arts Diploma Hon. - Port Elizabeth School of Art and Design


Solo Exhibitions
2010    Missing III, Simon Fraser University inaugural exhibition Fine Art Campus
2010    Missing/Flight 182, Galerie Orange, Montreal
2009    Missing II, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery Vancouver
2008    Missing / Flight 182, Toronto International Art Fair
2008    Missing / Flight 182, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery Vancouver
2007    The Order of Things, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery
2007    Sarcophagi , William Traver Gallery, Seattle
2006    New Work, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
2006    New Work, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver
2005    Last Supper, Headlines, Evidence, Parisian Laundry, Montreal
2005    New Work, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Palm Desert
2004    New Work, Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
2004    Headlines, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver
2003    New Work, Ballard Lederer Gallery, Vancouver
2003    Founder Series, Vortex Gallery, Saltspring Island - Founders Series
2002    Ballard Lederer Gallery, Vancouver
2002    Evidence Series, Vortex Gallery, Saltspring Island
2001    Wound, Scab, Scar, Ballard Lederer Gallery, Vancouver  
2000    Altars, Offerings and Sacrifices, Vortex Gallery, Saltspring Island  
1999    Under the Volcano, Vortex Gallery, Saltspring Island
1998    Bosnian Still Life, Vortex Gallery, Saltspring Island  
1997    Riders, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver
1996    New Work, Vortex Gallery, Saltspring Island
1995    Extra Ecclesium Nulla Salus, Latitude 53 Gallery, Edmonton
1994    Extra Ecclesium Nulla Salus, Vortex Gallery, Saltspring Island
1993    Shadow, Port Angeles Fine Art Center, WA.
1992    New Work, Vortex Gallery, Saltspring Island
1991    Requiem, Vortex Gallery, Saltlspring Island
1990    New Work, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver
1989    Requiem, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver
1988    New Work, Gallery International, Cape Town
1988    New Work, University of Fort Hare, Republic of the Ciskei, South Africa
1987    Blue Object, Gallery International, Cape Town, South Africa
1986    Extract, University of Pretoria, South Africa
1986    New Work Gallery, International, Cape Town, South Africa
1985    New Work Gallery, International, Cape Town, South Africa
1985    Port Elizabeth School of Art and Design, South Africa
1984    Beuster Skolomowski Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
1983    Beuster Skolomowski Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
1982    Y-U-Vooz, Port Elizabeth Fine Arts Gallery, South Africa
1981    Y-U-Vooz, Port Elizabeth Fine Arts Gallery, South Africa
1980    Y-U-Vooz, Port Elizabeth Fine Arts Gallery, South Africa



Collections
Department of External Affairs, Ottawa, Canada.
Granite Club, Toronto, Canada.
Harbor Green One, Vancouver.
Aldo Collection, Montreal.
Jacob Collection, Montreal.
Michael Kedar/Eva Seidner collection, Toronto
John Le Febvre collection, Malibu.
Robin Relph collection, London, U.K.
National Gallery ,Cape Town, South Africa.
South African National Museum, Pretoria, South Africa.
King George V Art Museum, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
University of Fort Hare, Ciskei, South Africa
Port Elizabeth School of Art and Design, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Hans Marensky Sculpture Award, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
Numerous private and corporate collections in Canada, South Africa, U.K. and U.S.A.



Publications
Numerous publications, reviews and interviews amongst others:

Essay by John K. Grande - Missing Series
Article - Vie des Arts - John Grande
Art Allsorts - John Grande
Art Allsorts II - John K. Grande
Global TV interview
Catalogue - Headlines - Parisian Laundry
Catalogue - Last Supper - Parisian Laundry
Catalogue - Headlines - Buschlen Mowatt Gallery
Globe and Mail - Gary Michael Dault
Vancouver Sun
CBC radio Quebec, Canada.
South African Broadcasting Corporation
Sgraffiti Magazine
Panarama Magazine
Dictionary of South African Artists
Sotheby’s Catalogue
Pretoria News
Oosterlig
Eastern Province Herald
Die Burger
Evening Post
Sunday Times
Die Beeld
Latitude 53 Magazine
Times Colonist



Teaching
1983 - 1986    Lecturer Port Elizabeth School of Art and Design - Head of Ceramics.
1986 - 1989    Lecturer University of Fort Hare - Head of Sculpture Department.



Selected Group Exhibitions
2008    Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver
2007    Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Palm Desert
2006    Parisian Laundry, Montreal
2006    Toronto International Art Fair,Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
2006    Palm Beach III, Miami International Art Fair, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery.
2005    Cologne International Art Fair, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery.
2005    The Armory Show, New York, Mira Godard Gallery.
2004    Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
2004    The Armory Show, New York, Mira Godard Gallery.
2004    Toronto International Art Fair, Mira Godard Gallery, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery
2004    Western Perspectives, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver
2003    Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
2003    Toronto International Art Fair, Mira Godard Gallery
2003    Ballard Lederer Gallery, Vancouver
2002    Ballard Lederer Gallery, Vancouver
2002    Vortex Gallery, Saltspring Island
2001    Ballard Lederer Gallery, Vancouver
2000 - 1992  Vortex Gallery, Saltspring Island
1995    Out of Canada Displaced, Latitude 53 Gallery, Edmonton
1991    Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver
1990    Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver
1989    Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver
1989    Los Angeles International Art Fair, Diane Farris Gallery
1988    University of Fort Hare, Ciskei, South Africa
1988    Ecca, Gallery International, Cape Town, South Africa
1988    Ecca, Grahamstown Art Festival, South Africa
1988    Operation Hunger, National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
1987    Gallery International, Cape Town, South Africa
1987    Five Artists from Ciskei, Anne Bryant Gallery, East London, South Africa
1987    G.A.P. exhibition, Port Elizabeth Town Hall, South Africa
1986    G.A.P. exhibition, Grahamstown Settlers’ Monument, South Africa
1986    Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
1986    Gallery International, Cape Town, South Africa.
1986    Ecca, University of Fort Hare, Ciskei, South Africa
1986    Port Elizabeth School of Art and Design - Staff Exhibition
1985    Gallery International, Cape Town, South Africa
1985    University of Orange Free State, South Africa
1985    Beuster Skolomowski Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
1985    University of Pretoria, South Africa - Hans Marensky Award
1985    Port Elizabeth School of Art and Design, South Africa - Staff Exhibition
1984    G.A.P. exhibition, City Hall, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
1984    Gallery International, Cape Town, South Africa.
1984    Port Elizabeth School of Art and Design, South Africa - Staff Exhibition
1984    Beuster Skolomowski Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
1984    National Gallery of South Africa, Cape Town
1983    Port Elizabeth School of Art and Design, South Africa - Staff Exhibition
1982    King George V Art Museum, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
1981    King George V Art Museum, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
1980    Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
1979    King George V Art Museum, Port Elizabeth, South Africa - Centennial Exhibition
1978    King George V Art Museum, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
1977    Port Elizabeth School of Art and Design, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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