Opening Reception: Fri, July 5, 5-8 pm
Artist’s talk: Sat, July 13, 11-12:30 pm
On Display: July 5-30, 2019
Andries Fourie’s mixed-media prints/paintings are motivated by his need to explore the importance of place and to feel a sense of belonging in the landscape where he lives. As an immigrant, he finds himself constantly comparing the place of his birth (The Eastern Cape Province of South Africa) with the place where he lives now (Central Oregon). This comparison between the geography of memory and the geography of the present helps him understand where he comes from and where he lives now. He is particularly interested in the way our identities are shaped by the landscape and the natural world.
His work is guided by his fascination with the patterns he observes in the landscape, in different ecosystems, and in animal behavior, migration and movement. His artwork often includes an element of cataloging and mapping: of the physical features of a landscape, the fauna and flora, and the web of relationships between humans and the species that inhabit a specific ecosystem. Andries’ goal is to develop depictions of specific places that are informed by interdisciplinary exploration and transcends the purely optical mode of representation that characterizes traditional landscape painting.
Andries Fourie is a South African-born curator, artist and educator. He has a Masters in Art from California State University, Sacramento, and a Masters of Fine Art from The University of California, Davis. He has taught, lectured, exhibited and conducted art workshops in South Africa, Canada, Namibia, Kenya, and the United States. Andries was Associate Professor of Art at Willamette University from 2006 to 2017, where he also served as faculty curator of the Roger W. Rogers Gallery. He was the Curator of Art and Community Engagement at the High Desert Museum in Bend from 2017 to 2019.