Welcome to this art collection, a mix of old and new pieces. Take a stroll through my virtual gallery, where every stroke tells a story and every piece whispers its own unique tale.
Feel free to get in touch with inquiries or commissions.
Latest news & upcoming exhibitions:
Pretoria Art Museum, Ubuntu Group Exhibition, from November 2023 to February 26, 2024, Arcadia.
My Path .........
Born in the Netherlands I spent most of my childhood growing up in South Africa. My creative journey was shaped by the warm spirit of the Cape Winelands in the Paarl and Stellenbosch valleys, where I earned a bachelor's degree in visual arts and education from Stellenbosch University.
My work spans multiple mediums, but my passion and focus remain in painting. At the core of my creations is the richness of my life experiences, the wellspring from which I draw my inspiration. I follow a spark of energy, infusing the canvas with emotions and thoughts that flow from within. My goal is to capture a vibrant sense of light, and movement in each piece, serving as a unique and deeply personal reflection. Sometimes the process is messy. Sometimes it's raw. Sometimes it's calm and transformative.
My late father was a floriculturist, nurturing colorful flowers and plants on our farm. I have a deep connection to nature, and I paint florals using expressive gestural mark-making techniques that burst forth from within. The ever-present flow and cycles of nature, the movement, rhythms, light, and patterns, serve as a constant source of inspiration for my work. I'm drawn to outdoor adventures that include water and the ocean. There's something about the wild, chaotic beauty combined with a peaceful order that just captivates me. You'll often find me paddling on my kayak, absorbing the sights of Rietvlei Dam, within the world's largest urban nature reserve, where animals and hippos roam freely. Whether I'm by the shore or strolling along a nature trail, I enjoy soaking up every bit of beauty around me.
I feel honored that my work has received recognition and awards for painting, photography, and mixed media art. With over 2,000 pieces finding new homes, it's been a heartwarming adventure. My work has been published and collected locally and abroad, even finding its way in the esteemed investment art collection of Rand Merchant Private Bank.
After marrying Johan-Paul, we settled in Irene, Gauteng. Initially,the plan was to stay for a few years, but life had other plans. Fast forward 24 years, and after raising our five amazing boys and a bunch of chickens—you guessed it—we're still here. While my passion lies in art, I am able to bring my knowledge and experience to teaching, working at an international school as a visual and digital media arts teacher.To stay true to my identity as a lifelong learner, I'm currently enrolled in a master's program in the field of the arts at a US-based university.
Find out more about Louise Breugem- exhibitions, awards, and representation.