Pieter Swanepoel is a South African-born artist who completed his undergraduate studies in Fine Arts at the University of Pretoria and received his Master in Visual Arts cum laude from the University of South Africa.
He worked as a journalist, art critic, photographer and creative director before turning to a career in education in 1994 when he founded the then Roodepoort College Department of Art.
As an educator within the Visual Arts he subsequently taught at Aurora College, Grantley College, Midrand Graduate Institute, the University of South Africa, Greenside Design Center, City Varsity, Vaal University of Technology, and the University of Pretoria.
His teaching included a wide variety of subjects, ranging from graphic design to performance art to painting, as well as art history and theory of fine arts. At these academic institutions he chaired and sat on a number of boards and committees, peer reviewed papers and art exhibitions.
He served as an external examiner for many other tertiary institutions of learning, adjudicated numerous national art competitions, delivered papers at conferences, and published articles in peer reviewed journals and chapters in books.
He regularly participated in art exhibitions while curating and writing catalogues for others. Since emigrating to New Zealand in 2015 his focus has been on his own art practice. He paints in oils, acrylics as well as in watercolour.
“I spend a lot of time contemplating spontaneity and I hope to reflect this in my practice as a painter”.
“If anything, these artworks represent the act of painting; they invite the spectator to imagine what it must have been like to create the paintings”.
“While I paint I am each moment in the act of painting; at the same time I allow myself to realize that the moment is inside me”.
“I often repeat myself, but never twice in the same way. Which is why I find it infinitely difficult to copy things; I cannot even copy myself properly”.
For me to let go, I sometimes have to hold back.
I reflect, I contemplate, I act. Painting is my act”.