Nellien Brewer
Nellien Brewer

Nellien Brewer was born in Greytown, KwaZulu-Natal, in 1961. She qualified as a Landscape Architect from the University of Pretoria in 1982, and spent the next 20 years in this profession, however, Fine Arts always remained her first love, and she enrolled for the BVA degree at UNISA which she completed in 2011.

In 2008 she was one of the ‘Top 15’ artists at the Ekurhuleni National Fine Arts Awards. The following year she received the ‘Art on Paper’ merit award at the 2009 Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards.

Since then, she has participated in a number of juried group exhibitions both nationally and internationally.

She employs a variety of media in her art making, and she started working extensively with text during 2007. Her work deals primarily with human worldviews and philosophies juxtaposed against natural complexity. For this reason, her work became increasingly computer-based, as this allows a level of detail impossible to achieve by hand. More recently she has started to explore traditional printmaking methods, and her work often consists of a combination of digital and traditional printing.

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

2019

  • Print like a Girl Collaboration – Gallery 2, Turbine Art Fair
  • #PRINTLIKEAGIRL – The Art Room, Parkhurst
  • A Sense of Place – Museum, NAF, Grahamstown
  • Conceptual Animal– Art Well Gallery
  • Living Depth, Comprehension – Dyman Gallery, Stellenbosch
  • New Broom – Art Well Gallery
  • Fine Art Print Fair Pop-Up Show and Online exhibition
  • TPG exhibition – Trent Gallery, Pretoria

2018

  • Indestructible – Trent Gallery, Pretoria
  • Art meets Africa – Re-Art Halle, Ihlienworth, Hamburg, Germany
  • Moments before Death – Artbox Gallery, Pretoria
  • Home – NAF Grahamstown
  • Step into their shoes – Johan van Heerden Art Gallery, Pretoria

2017      

  • Let there be Light – Artbox Gallery, Pretoria
  • Bruidskat/ Trousseau – Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria
  • Joburg Fringe 2017 – The Yards, Lorentzville, Johannesburg
  • Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards 2017, Ekurhuleni
  • Through a Lens – Group exhibition, Trent Gallery, Pretoria
  • From Classical to Modern Painters – Group exhibition, Brooklyn Gallery, Pretoria
  • Indigenous Diversity – Group exhibition, Artbox Gallery, Pretoria
  • SA Fine Art Print Fair – Group exhibition, Illovo, Johannesburg               

2016      

  • Plek/Place – Aardklop Festival, Potchefstroom
  • Joburg Fringe 2016 – Arts on Main, Johannesburg
  • Vision: An Artist’s Perspective, Kaleid Gallery, San Jose, USA – Judges Special Recognition
  • Search for Meaning Book Fair 2016 Art Exhibition, Seattle University, Seattle, USA
  • Aeipathy – Group exhibition, Equus Gallery, Cavalli Estate, Somerset West        

2015      

  • Search for Meaning Book Fair 2015 Art Exhibition, Seattle University, Seattle, USA
  • SASOL New Signatures Art Competition finalist, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria
  • Joburg Fringe 2015, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg
  • Altered Realities – Group exhibition, Association of Arts, Pretoria
  • Vera World Fine Art Festival, Lisbon, Portugal

2014      

  • Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards 2014, Ekurhuleni
  • SASOL New Signatures Art Competition finalist, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria
  • Joburg Fringe 2014 – Arts on Main, Johannesburg
  • Fresh Produce – Group exhibition by Assemblage, Turbine Art Fair
  • Revealing Light – Light Revealed – Group exhibition, Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria
  • Shards – Multimedia goup exhibition, Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria

2013      

  • Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards 2013, Ekurhuleni  – Top 15 Artist
  • SASOL New Signatures Art Competition finalist, Pretoria Art Museum  
  • Diptych – Group Exhibition by Assemblage, Braamfontein
  • Digi Re-engineering – Group Exhibition Unisa Art Gallery
  • Me . Ek – Group Exhibition KKNK, Oudtshoorn
  • Artspace Jan Celliers Exhibition, Johannesburg
  • Ricochet: The space between – Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria

2012      

  • Me3 – Group Exhibition at Fried Contemporary Art Gallery, Pretoria
  • Freedom Exhibition , The table is laid – Group Exhibition at Snowflake Building, Potchefstroom during Aardklop Arts Festival

2011      

  • CIVA Biennial Conference Juried Exhibition, Biola University, Los Angeles, USA

2010      

  • SASOL New Signatures Art Competition finalist, Pretoria Art Museum – 2 works selected
  • Oppitafel – Group Exhibition, Artspace Warehouse, Johannesburg

2009      

  • Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Award 2009, Ekurhuleni – Art on Paper Merit Award      

 2008     

  • Ekurhuleni National Fine Arts Award 2008 – Top 15 Artist
  • Intervention – Group Exhibition, Unisa Gallery, Pretoria

 

COLLECTIONS:

  • Unisa Permanent Collection
  • Ambassador of Argentina 2015
  • Ambassador of Israel 2014
  • World without Borders Foundation
  • Private collections – local and international

-Nellien Brewer-

Weaver – Tugela

35 × 50 cm
R1,500.00

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2830 DA Collessie

65.5 × 89 cm
R5,500.00

-Nellien Brewer-

Nest – Pretoria

100 × 70 cm
R7,000.00

-Nellien Brewer-

Al sou die vyeboom nie bot nie

65.5 × 89 cm
R3,500.00

-Nellien Brewer-

2830 DB Qudeni

65.5 × 89 cm
R5,500.00

-Nellien Brewer-

Shell

21 × 15 cm
R1,500.00

-Nellien Brewer-

Skull

35 × 50 cm
R2,000.00

-Nellien Brewer-

Nest – Pretoria: Drypoint

39 × 27 cm
R1,000.00

-Nellien Brewer-

Olive Thrush

35 × 25 cm
R1,500.00

-Nellien Brewer-

Swallow

35 × 25 cm
R1,500.00