JUSTIN SOUTHEY

BIOGRAPHY

JUSTIN SOUTHEY

(b. 1985 South Africa)

 

Justin Southey graduated cum laude from Stellenbosch Academy of Graphic design and Photography (2007) with a BA in Applied Design. Justin Southey's practice explores notions of landscapes and fantastical worlds that serve as metaphors for more unquantifiable emotional and spiritual spaces.

Acting like ephemeral mirages, Southey’s paintings explore and capture the intertwining and transcendent quality of the unseen. Capturing momentary feelings in a visual form, these investigations are both deeply personal and also often made in response to his immediate environment

With playful bold swathes of colour, texture and exuberant mark making, there is a push and pull the viewer experiences, directing the eye and stimulating the senses.

These ‘landscapes’ reveal melodious harmony and an overall narrative, and upon closer inspection investigating smaller worlds unfold, that invite the viewer to dream and imagine the atmosphere of physical space.

 

  

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

 

2020   STILL, group show Everard Read, online exhibition

2019   Do not go gentle into that good night, solo show, Cavalli Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa

2018   Sublimis, group show, M Contemporary, Sydney, Australia

             In the Forests of the Night, group show, Everard Read, Johannesburg, South Africa

2017   Bathyal, solo show, Cubicle Series, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa

2016   Winter Collection, group show, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa

Kingdom, group show, Cavalli Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa

             Pastoral Abstraction, group show, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa

2013   Memphis/ African Totemism, group show, Design Indaba, Cape Town, South Africa (curated by Li Edelkoort)

Back in 5 mins, group show, Salon91, Cape Town, South Africa 

2012   Wild Things, group show, Salon91, Cape Town, South Africa

2011   Something New, Side Street Studios, Cape Town, South Africa            

Vast, group show, Searle Street Post, Cape Town, South Africa 

BFF, group show, Woodstock Industrial, Cape Town, South Africa 

2010   Ark, Group Show, Bamboo Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa (curated by Damon Gustang)

2009   No Strange Land, Group show, Salon91, Cape Town, South Africa