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Hannetjie de Clercq’s unique style attracted much attention in the South African art sphere with her first exhibition at the age of eighteen. She had just matriculated from Pietersburg with a Distinction in Art having won the Santam prize for art in 1973.
Hannetjie de Clercq’s work shows a juxtaposition of emotions, of things ancient and modern, strongly sensual, sometimes light-hearted and often tinged with a sense of sadness. Her fascination for the purity of medieval iconography, interconnected with 20th century technology, social realities and the ambiguity of surrealism is obvious.

The preferred media that she works in is tempera and oil on canvas and her inspiration for the special technique she uses in painting comes from frescoes and icons from the middle ages, especially Giotto’s work. She feels that an over- explanation of her work would render it impotent and therefore does not title her paintings. For her, the beauty of art is in the interaction between the viewers with their subjective personal view and a specific painting, allowing specific meaning to be found in the imagery.

Hannetjie de Clercq has been acknowledged as one of South Africa’s top artists by SASOL, resulting in her work forming part of the impressive SASOL art collection. She shares this honour with iconic South African artists like Walter Battis, Maggie Laubser, J H Pierneef, Alexander Rose-Innes and Irma Stern, amongst others.

Hannetjie de Clercq

Title: Lady with Cat
Size: 62 x 45 cm
Media: Mixed Media
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