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LEON DE BLIQUY
 
A Gathering of Jester: View info and exhibition opening photos

Leon de Bliquy makes poetry visible, drawing luminous imagery from the deep recesses of his introspective mind. In the past and continuous present he has been inspired by the celebrated poets D.J.Opperman and the Spanish poet Lorca. He references the animated folklore of the Koi San sharing their elemental capacity to metamorphose their surroundings into tales of magical shamanic import. He is a powerful image maker who recognizes the edge of reality in his horizon line, that division between the conscious and unconscious mind.

In the context of this exhibition, "Icons for a past Life", he reflects on significant exhibitions since 1968. Working on a perspective series he returns the 'Icon for Opperman' the first painting he made after the traumatic series of eye operations. This painting was made 'close up'; an assemblage of photographic images. The essential visual images Opperman reflects on in 'Klipwerk' are used in a personal context.

Leon paints in tempera using raw pigments, egg and dammar varnish. Grounds are prepared with French chalk, Titanium Oxide, Gelatine and Boiled Linseed oil.

Compiled by Gail Dörje

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS
National Printers Diploma
National Diploma in Fine Art
National Masters Diploma
B.A. Fine Art
Master of Fine Art

EMPLOYMENT
1963-1969
Graphic Designer

1973- 1986
Lecturer in Fine Art

AWARDS
1967
Painting Prize "Cape Art"

1971& 1975
Cultural Exchange
Scholarships to Belgium

1981
Purchase Award
Rockford International
Printmaking Biennial

1982
H.S.R.C. Award

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
Impressions, group exhibition at The Cape Gallery

2015
Along the way, group exhibition at The Cape Gallery

2014
Threshold, annual Winter Solstice exhibition, Cape Gallery, Cape Town

2012
Turn Around Time, annual Winter Solstice exhibition, Cape Gallery, Cape Town

2011
"Continuum", Cape Gallery, Cape Town

1998
"Angels still exhist", Kemmel Belgium

1998
"Lorca '98", Ypres Belgium

1996
"200 Years Lithography", Ypres Belgium

1996
"Casa de Flandes", Villarobledo Spain

1995
" The Boat in Art", Bredene Belgium

1995
"Casa de Flandes", Gent Belgium

1991
"Grafica International", Victoria Venezuela

1990
16th Biennial Graphic Art, Kanagawa Japan

1989
15th Biennial Graphic Art, Kanagawa Japan

1985
Biennial for Graphic Art, Taipei Rep. China

1981
Biennial for Graphic Art, Rockford Illinois U S A

1979
14th Biennial Exhibition, Monte Carlo Monaco

1978
BP Centre Cape Town, Biennial Graphic Art

1972
"Lithography Art and Technique", Sterckxhof Museum , Antwerp Belgium

COMMISSIONS
- University of O.F.S.Stainless Steel Sculpture

- President Hotel Bloemfontein Mural "Intoxicated Birds"

-Anglo American Corporation Paintings for "H.F.O." Book for H. Openheimer's retirement

- J C I Murals Consolidated Building. Johannesburg

- LTA 2 Paintings "Wilderness Viaduct"

- Pniel Town Square Stainless Steel Fountain Sculpture

- Sint Josephs Retirement Centre Ypres Belgium 6 Murals

- "The Song of Hiawatha" Edition of insert Lithographs publication Guido Gezelle year.

-“Four Festive Seasons” 6 Festive Landscapes. De Beyard, Nieuwkerke, Belgium.

-“Coranation of the Sea Devil” Bredene Town Council.

COLLECTIONS
Iziko National Gallery
Pretoria Art Museum
Bloemfontein Art Museum
Kimberley Art Museum
Port Elizabeth Art Museum
Durban Art Museum
Rembrandt Art Foundation
Sanlam
SASOL
Shell South Africa
Anglo American Corporation
JCI
LTA (Construction Company)
President Hotel Bloemfontein
BMW South Africa
Nedbank
Midland Bank
Unidata
Rand Bank
Bank Brussels Lambert Belgium
Cape of Good Hope Bank
University of Stellenbosch
University of Cape Town
University of Louvain Belgium
University of the O.F.S. South Africa

blue boat
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Artist: LEON DE BLIQUY
Title: Blue Boat on the bank of the Ganges
Size: 45 x 75 cm
Media: Oil and Tempera on Canvas
Price: R 15 000 Unframed


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012
Solo Exhibition at The Cape Gallery ‘A Gathering of Jesters'

2011
Solo Exhibition at The Cape Gallery 'Dehra Dun, Raga for North India.'
Solo Exhibition at Grande Provence ‘ Metanoia’ opened on 27th March

2010
Solo Exhibition at the U S Gallery, Stellenbosch ‘Verrassing – Surprise’ opened on 8th July

2008
"Banghoek Saga" on Mount Joy Farm hosted by Gavin and Kristin Woodland which provided a nest egg to facilitate the definite move to S.A.
Solo Exhibition at The Cape Gallery ‘Icons for a Past Life’

2007
Galerie Coremans, Knokke-Heist Belgium.

2006
Galerie De Peperbusse, Ostend, Belgium.

2005
International School, Waterloo, Belgium.

2004
Ode to Madiba, André Demedtshuis Wielsbeke, Belgium.

2003
Galerie De Peperbusse, Ostend, Belgium.

2002
Jean Weltz – Hugo Nadé Art Museum, Worcester, South Afrika

2001
Straffe Hendrik Gallery Bruges, Belgium.


2000
“Wind San & Stars” Stellenbosch University S.A.
Gallery 88 Sasolburg S.A.

1999
“Lorca & Elytis” Oliewenhuis Art Museum Bloemfontein S.A.
The Dorp Street Gallery Stellenbosch S. A.
Pretoria Association of Arts South Africa
Bank Brussels Lamber, Bruges Market Square, Belgium.

1996
VLEKHO ( College for Economic Studies) Brussels, Belgium
Gallery Huis Hellemans Edegem, Belgium


1995
KULAK (University of Louvain Campus Kortrijk)
Gallery Van Langenhoven Gent   
Gallery Groot Begijnhof Mechelen

1994
" Introduction to Flanders" City Hall Ypres
Bank Brussels Lambert Aalst Belgium
Town Hall Gavere Belgium
Gallerry "Labyrint" Kemmel

1992
"Cape Landscapes" The Chelsea Gallery Wynberg Cape Town

1991
"Return to the Cape" Stellenbosch University


1990
" The Odyssey a Sequel " Bellville Association of Arts

1989
"African Odyssey" S.A. Association of Arts Cape Town

1988
"Homage to Light" Stegman Gallery U.O.F.S.
"Journey to the Heart of Darkness" S.A. Association of Arts Pretoria

1987
Wenniger Graphics Boston U.S.A.

1986
Everard Read Gallery Johannesburg S.A.

1985
"Genesis" King George VI, Art Museum , Port Elizabeth.

1980
" Thamar and Amnon" Gallery International C.T.

1979
"Homage to Lorca" University O.F.S.
"Hommage to Elytis" National Museum Bloemfontein

1978
"Myths and Poems" Goodman Walman Gallery Cape Town

1977
"Myths of the Rain" University O.F.S.

1976
"African Quest" Emile Verharen Museum Sint Amands Belgium

1975
"European Fantasy" N ational Museum, Bloemfontein

1974
"Flemish Bride" Cape Town S.A. Association of Arts

1972
"Flight over Africa" Association of Arts C.T.

1971
"Figures and Fruit" Pretoria Association of Arts

1970
"Winter Landscapes" Natal Association of Arts

1969
"Reflections" Dorp Street Studio Cape Town

1968
"Interiors" Artists Gallery, Cape Town

1967
"Cape Scapes" Adler Fielding Gallery Jhb.

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