Eileen van der Merwe

Eileen is a South African born artist, but has lived in 5 different countries in the last 20 years.  Her rather unusual life experiences and travels have influenced her style and choice of subject matter. The rich desert colours, the vibrancy of the tropical flowers, all her paintings communicates her connection to the land and nature. Each place she has lived came with its own struggles and adjustments, sights, sounds, smells, textures, peoples and culture. Painting is Eileen’s way of getting to know her new environment. Her ability to communicate all of this through granular sculptural textures, three dimensional application of paint and striking use of colour makes her work bold and engaging. Her work clearly establishes her credibility as an observer. The Arabian Gulf, mountains of Oman, and vast expanses of desert are current themes in her work. 

Juxtaposed to dramatic landscapes shimmering with the heat of the Middle East, Eileen finds relief painting close-ups of flowers, bursting with colour and life. Often resorting to large formats for flower studies, a single petal could take her many hours to paint. Except for taking art as a subject through high school, Eileen is self taught. As a result you will find her work exuberant, free of convention and full of honesty.

Eileen van der Merwe

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