WALTER VOIGT

BIOGRAPHY

WALTER VOIGT

(b. 1971 Johannesburg, South Africa)

 

BIOGRAPHY AND WORK

 

Born in Johannesburg in 1971, Walter Voigt grew up in the mountaneous Lowveld Escarpment region near Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, South Africa. He was educated at Uplands Primary School, St Alban’s College and Lowveld High School. In 1992, he began a three-year course in Graphic Design at The Witwatersrand Technikon in Johannesburg, majoring and specialising in illustration. 

 

Walter Voigt’s technical ability, combined with a passion for the sky and landscape, allow him to capture the elements of light, space, air and movement. He is a full-time artist specializing in oil paintings and exhibits his work at the Everard Read Gallery in Johannesburg, Cape Town and London. He also gives workshops at his Studio in Mpumalanga. 

 

There is a passionate love affair between earth and sky in Walter Voigt’s work. His paintings are atmospheric spaces designed for contemplation. They are visual and sensual meditations on colour, light and form.

 

Voigt’s moody landscapes involve broad, energetic strokes, followed by lighter, more sensitive touches. There is a vigorous, scratchy, linear construction to his work, including other media such as the palette knife and oil bar, which Voigt says is easier to control than working with a brush. These techniques also give variety and expression to the mark-making process.

 

Voigt celebrates the African landscape as viewed through the European conventions of the sublime and expressionist. As he states, “The Turneresque views project a very emotive content upon the landscape. The quality of light and the juxtaposition with dark becomes a metaphor for broader, more ethereal concepts.”

 

His celebration of the landscape is clearly structured in the very physical nature of the paint, where the manipulations skillfully depict a deep love and reverence for nature. Voigt adds, The works become a pantheistic representation, almost having a spiritual residue encapsulating the place. This is not an attempt to record the landscape but rather an effort to allow the viewer to experience the particular light that is unique to the southern parts of Africa.”

 

CV

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 

2015              

“Bushveld Landscapes”, Everard Read, JohannesburgBushveld

 

2014              

“Landscapes”, White River Gallery, Mpumalanga

 

2008              

“Mali”, Everard Read, Johannesburg          

 

2008                          

“Wild Horizons” Everard Read, Johannesburg                

 

2004              

Everard Read, Johannesburg

 

2003              

Everard Read, Johannesburg

 

Selected Group Shows

 

2014              

Winter Group, Everard Read, Cape Town

 

2013              

Everard Read Centenary Exhibition

 

2012              

Winter Group, Everard Read, Johannesburg

 

2011              

Shift  Exhibition, Everard Read

 

2010             

A View from the South, Everard Read Johannesburg

 

2007              

Group exhibition at Everard Read “Southern Views – SA Landscapes”

 

2005              

New Everard Read Exhibition

 

2002              

Oil Piantings, Everard Read

1999                          

Everard Read Millennium Exhibition

    

1997                                      

International Wildlife and Natural History Paintings & Sculpture, Everard      

Read Gallery

 

COMMISSIONS

 

1997

W.W.F.  Campaign, 2000

 

2001                                                  

Commissioned by the Gauteng Government through Palaeo anthroplogist Prof Lee Berger to illustrate a book on the World Heritage Site at Sterkfontein.

 

2006

Landscape for private residence

 

2007

Mixed media collage The Outpost Lodge, Kruger National Park.

 

2008

Landscape for private residence

 

2009                                      

Landscape for private residence

 

2012                                      

Landscape for private residence  

 

2015                                      

Landscape for private residence

 

2016                                      

Landscape for private residence