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Van der Merwe Eben

Van der Merwe Eben

Born: 1932 Bloemfontein

A self-taught painter of landscapes, portraits, figures, still life and abstract pictures. Works in oil, acrylic, pastel, Alkyd, gouache, pencil and Dalle-de-Verre.

Born: 1932 Bloemfontein

A self-taught painter of landscapes, portraits, figures, still life and abstract pictures. Works in oil, acrylic, pastel, Alkyd, gouache, pencil and Dalle-de-Verre.

Profile: Trained as a commercial artist and as a typographer. 1958 a founder member of the Bloemfontein Group. A designer and marker of stained glass windows. Moved to Johannesburg in 1961, where he worked as a typographer, a visualiser and a designer  in advertising agencies, and as an art director for the magazine section of the Argus group until 1970. 1972 – 76 a lecturer in painting and applied design at the University of Pretoria. Since 1976 a full-time artist, concentrating on painting and the design and construction of Dalle-de-Verre windows. 1966 traveled to the UK and Europe to study the design and construction of slab-glass windows. 1976 made a study tour of the UK and Europe. 

Exhibitions: He has participated in numerous group exhibitions from 1948 in SA, Venice and Sao Paulo; 1960 and 1964 Quadrennial Exhibitions; 1967 held his first solo exhibition at his home in Bloemfontein; 1973 Pretoria, joint exhibition with Mike Edwards; 1974 SAAA, Pretoria, solo exhibition, 1980 National Museum, Bloemfontein, solo exhibition; 1981 Republic Festival Exhibition; 1986 University of the Orange Free State, exhibition.

Represented: Hester Rupert Art Museum, Graaff-Reinet, National Museum, Bloemfontein, Pretoria Art Museum, SA National Gallery, Cape Town, University of the Orange Free State, University of Stellenbosch , War Museum of the Boer Republics, Bloemfontein, William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberly.

Public Commissions: 1966-69 designed the stained glass which covers the 12-storey west façade of the Orange Free State Provincial Administration Building, Bloemfontein, constructed by Michael Edwards, stained glass, Universitas Hospital Chapel, Bloemfontein, stained glass, Jan Smuts Airport, Johannesburg, stained glass, Post Office Tower, Hillbrow, Johannesburg, 1983 stained glass façade, New Library Building, University of the Orange Free State, Bloemfontein, also stained glass work for several Roman Catholic and Dutch Reformed churches in SA, four landscape paintings, Delville Wood Museum, France.