exhibitions, events, and representation: 

  1. Pretoria Art Museum, Ubuntu Group Exhibition, running from November 24 '23 to February 26 '24, in Arcadia, Pretoria
  2. Sandton Auctioneers: South African and International Collectibles, 2023
  3. Spektra Art Gallery, Group Exhibition, Centurion, September 7–30, 2022.  
  4. The Centurion Art Association, Group Exhibition, Centurion, March 15–April 2, 2022
  5. Tina Skukan Gallery, Group Exhibition, Pretoria, 20 March–21 April 2021
  6. Portchie Gallery in Pretoria, from 2000–current
  7. Fellow artist and friend Portchie has presented her work at The Red Teapot Gallery, Stellenbosch, since 1998–current  
  8. Golden Goose Fine Art Galleries & Artistry in Southdowns, Centurion 2019- current
  9. Centurion Art Association and Centurion Gallery, City of Tshwane Metropolitan, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2022
  10. Standford Harvest Farm Kitchen & Art Gallery, Stanford, 2015-2017
  11. Brooklyn Theater Exhibition (Greenlyn, PTA) "A Thousand Thoughts." International cricket commentator Fanie de Villiers opened the exhibition at the Brooklyn Theatre (Brooklyn PTA), 13 August–3 September 2015
  12. The College Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands, announced the unveiling of the original painting for the book cover design, "Progress towards Understanding Anterior Knee Pain after Total Knee Arthroplasty." 
  13. White August Interior Design, Southdowns Shopping Centre-Centurion, 2013, 2014
  14. Irene Art Show Group Exhibition, Irene Village Hall, Irene-Centurion, 2012–2018
  15. Annual South African Arts Festival, Aardklop, Potchefstroom, 2012
  16. Gallery Cresta, Cresta Centre, Randburg-Johannesburg, 2000–2005
  17. Henry Taylor Gallery, Fourways Mall, Johannesburg, 2001 
  18. Magnolia Dal Art in the Park, Pretoria, 2002–2005
  19. Regal Gallery, Faerie Glen, Pretoria, 2005 
  20. Classic Art, Edenvale, Johannesburg, 2002–2005
  21. Impact Art Gallery, Pretoria, 2000-2004
  22. Sandton City Art & Frame Pat Redman Sandton City-Johannesburg, 2000–200
  23. Member of the Centurion Arts Association Society of Artists from 2015–to present. The association is affiliated with the SANAVA, - South African National Association of Visual Art. 

awards:

Her creative efforts have been recognized and have gained acclaim spanning painting, photography, and mixed media. Workpieces have been published, exhibited, and collected for investment purposes, notably at Rand Merchant Private Bank. Throughout her creations, her primary aim is to spread joy.


    1. Centurion Artist of the Year—Overall Winner Category Graphic Art, 2022—Centurion Art Association, affiliated with The South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA)
    2. Centurion  Artist of the Year: Overall Winner, Category Photography, 2022, affiliated with The South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA)
    3. Winner of Mixed Media Arts at the Centurion Artist of the Year Awards, Centurion Kunsvereniging, 2016.
    4. Merit Award for Painting, CAA, 2015. 
    5. AGFA & Stellenbosch University Photography Award, Top 100 Using a 35mm film SLR camera, "A Day in the Life of Stellenbosch" was captured as part of a competition in collaboration with AGFA and the University of Stellenbosch in 1998, later published in book form.

media coverage and publishing:

1. Breugem, L. (2019, September) "The canvas is never blank, but full of opportunity," DaltonVisie Tijdschrift/Magazine, Nederland.

2. Van der Linde, L. (2017, June) Laf of Lekker? Vrouekeur Magazine.

3. Book cover design for a Ph.D. publication by Breugem, S. (2014), "Progress towards Understanding Anterior Knee Pain after Total Knee Arthroplasty," Ede: Ponsen & Looijen, Vrije University Amsterdam.

4. Ferreira, C. (2011, May), Mooi van kroon tot toon," Leef Magazine.

5. Mostert, J. (2007, August), Kunstenaar in die holte van die Kaap," Centurion News.



Artist 86 year old Esther Mahlangu at Mthambothini village near Siyabuswa in Mpumalanga, photo taken by Louise.
Artist 86 year old Esther Mahlangu at Mthambothini village near Siyabuswa in Mpumalanga, photo taken by Louise.


Louise has developed a global mindset from an early age. She is on a journey to complete a Master's in the fields of art and education from a US-based university. A considerable part of her master's thesis is spent on cultural representation in art education. Exploring how cultural diversity is integrated and represented in art education curricula. She has a passion for fostering an inclusive society that values diversity. cultural exchange among other artists. Based in South Africa, which boasts remarkable cultural diversity and a rich mix of ethnicities, her eyes sparkle with boundless enthusiasm about her encounters with artists and artisans from around the world, having traveled to almost 50 countries. She believes art can unite and connect humans across the globe and values cultural exchange and intercultural understanding. A few epic experiences include learning Chinese brush painting from Buddhist monk Sim See San while in Malaysia. In Zambia, in the tiny ceramist studio of Jade Enright,  near the Congo border, she worked with clay found underneath a termite mound. Multicultural fabric art is deeply rooted in its history, and while exploring Java, she visited the birthplace of batik in Surakarta. Batik and wax prints found throughout the African continent share historic ties and have a long-standing relationship with the Netherlands and Indonesia. Moreover, witnessing Aboriginal artists paint sacred symbols in Australia was an incredible privilege.

Louise recently explored the legacy of a disappearing art form in South Africa. She spent an overnight hosted by internationally acclaimed South African artist Esher Mahlangu in Mthambothini, a remote village near Siyabuswa in Mpumalanga. An African fireplace lit "Mama Esther's" decoratively painted home, and interesting conversations lasted deep into the night. Ndebele women are traditionally painted on whitewashed murals employing natural color pigments and chicken feathers to express an emotional connection and cultural resistance. The historical role of traditional painting and beadwork originated in the aftermath of the defeat during the War of 1883. It became an essential means of expressing the community and communicating ethnic identity. In addition to the shifting sociopolitical situation in South Africa, modern economic markets also affect the production and functioning of Ndebele art. She is grateful for the Ndebele women, particularly Esther Mahlangu and Fransina Ndimande, who opened their homes to share their gift for painting vibrant traditional geometric designs.

The hands of Esther Mahlangu.
The hands of Esther Mahlangu.

An instructional painting class offered, brought Louise closer to Ndebele traditions- passed down from Mahlangu's mother and grandmother. The intent was not to paint on behalf of someone else's culture but to understand the skill and techniques used in cultural preservation. In 1991, Mahlangu became the first lady and African to participate in the BMW Art Car Collection alongside other notables of Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, and Frank Stella. 

As a self-proclaimed shutterbug, Louise, at age 10, came across a National Geographic magazine featuring pictures taken by photographer Steve McCurry in Agra, "Taj and Train." His images blew her away. Observing his work prompted a lot of emotion, leading her on a visual journey to obtain a glimpse of street life in India. She's longed to go there ever since. Her desire became a reality when she traveled to the colorful state of Rajasthan with her husband in 2010, searching for the mystique, vibrancy, and patterns of everyday life via her camera lens.

I am able to bring my knowledge and experience to teaching, working at an international school as a visual and digital media arts teacher. My journey as a teaching artist means translating my enthusiasm, skills, and knowledge into the classroom. To keep my artistic spirit alive, I either dive into my studio or grab my camera to welcome those spontaneous bursts of creative energy warmly. It's all about finding a balance between expressing my creative love at work and pursuing my artistic passions with fluidity and joy! Recently, I have embraced a new shift to reevaluate both the content and technical aspects of painting while searching for new directions and possibilities of expression. The intuitive process of painting is an art-based mindfulness practice that brings you into the flow state and makes you feel wildly alive. It's like free-flowing lines and expressive mark-making techniques.


Decorative painted mural in a traditional Ndebele design
Decorative painted mural in a traditional Ndebele design
In Penang, Malaysia, she and her sister participated in a Batik workshop, learning the art of wax-resist dyeing on fabric, a technique originating from the island of Java, Indonesia.
In Penang, Malaysia, she and her sister participated in a Batik workshop, learning the art of wax-resist dyeing on fabric, a technique originating from the island of Java, Indonesia.
Learning batik in Surakarta- Java
Learning batik in Surakarta- Java
Louise and artist Esther Mahlangu in Mabhoko village in Mpumalanga, South Africa  (April 2021)
Louise and artist Esther Mahlangu in Mabhoko village in Mpumalanga, South Africa (April 2021)
Painting with a chicken feathers with precision.
Painting with a chicken feathers with precision.
 A moment of laughter as Louise and Esther compare their anklets
A moment of laughter as Louise and Esther compare their anklets
Initially, the Ndebele women painted with a mixture of clay and cow dung. This natural pigment is limited to yellow, white, ocher, black, and red hues.
Initially, the Ndebele women painted with a mixture of clay and cow dung. This natural pigment is limited to yellow, white, ocher, black, and red hues.
Claes Oldenburg Pop Art outdoor sculpture — a giant paintbrush — outside the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, USA.
Claes Oldenburg Pop Art outdoor sculpture — a giant paintbrush — outside the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, USA.
Photo taken by Louise, 2022. Zebra's sunset scene, Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa
Photo taken by Louise, 2022. Zebra's sunset scene, Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa

past art shows and exhibitions

At the opening of our group exhibition @ Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria, March 2021 .                                 Photo credit: Media24
At the opening of our group exhibition @ Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria, March 2021 . Photo credit: Media24
At the opening of our group exhibition @ Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria, March 2021 - Photo credit: Media24
At the opening of our group exhibition @ Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria, March 2021 - Photo credit: Media24
White August Interior Design, Southdowns, Gauteng, has her art on exhibit.
White August Interior Design, Southdowns, Gauteng, has her art on exhibit.
Bird in flight - a painting of Louise's garden.
Bird in flight - a painting of Louise's garden.
Studio work in progress.
Studio work in progress.
At the opening of our group exhibition @ Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria, March 2021
At the opening of our group exhibition @ Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria, March 2021
With Elzette Ann Botes, at the Golden Goose Gallery, Southdowns, Centurion.
With Elzette Ann Botes, at the Golden Goose Gallery, Southdowns, Centurion.