Stellenbosch, South Africa



Marlene von D├╝rckheim was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1945. She received a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, as well as a Bachelor Honours degree in Fine Arts and a Masters degree in Classical Culture both at the University of Stellenbosch. She worked as a Professional Assistant at the Johannesburg Art Gallery, taught art at art schools in Johannesburg and was a lecturer in Art at the University of Stellenbosch. She has been working as a full-time artist since 1992.


Her work is represented in corporate and public collections in South Africa as well as in private collections in South Africa, the United States of America and Europe.

She has exhibited in galleries in Berlin, Germany, The Hague, The Netherlands, and South Africa where she still takes part in solo and group exhibitions.


Artist Statement

My oeuvre mostly consists of stillife painting, but I also diverge into land- and seascape painting and figure compositions. I work in oil on canvas, because for me the oil medium has so much potential and is very well suited to my temperament. My technique is painting layer upon layer to create depth and also paring away the paint to expose previous layers. For me this emulates memory which I rely on to do my painting. I approach my work geometrically, by continuously simplifying forms and overlapping the shapes.

I aim to express an overall feeling of harmony, purity and beauty in my work so that it communicates a feeling of tranquillity free from depressing and alarming subject matter. I want the overall composition in my work to invite closer inspection, the forms, the colours, the textures should be like a Persian carpet where every knot counts. My work is a form of meditation and so I wish it to be for the spectator. I believe the world needs good and beautiful art.

Elevator Pitch

My paintings are contemplative journeys inviting the beholder to participate in a voyage of reflection and discovery.



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