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Sunday, September 9, 2018


(Susan Bloemhof)

earth's sweet being is the title of a solo exhibition by Susan Bloemhof which is due to open on September 16 at the Imbizo Gallery in Ballito.

The artist’s statement is as follows:

“Never underestimate the power of creative intuition.

I have a keen interest in creating a deeper understanding of the human experience through Art making, specifically portraiture and female vulnerability and their interaction with their surroundings - often in a mystical or surreal setting. When you work on a piece for a long time, you become part of the story. This is when the beauty is created. I derive inspiration from artists such as Anders Zorn, Andrew Wyeth and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. I work mainly in Oils and Water­colour. Thank you for appreciating my passion.”

As the daughter of an artist mother and quantity surveyor father, Bloemhof was brought up in both an artistic and academic home. She knew from an early age that art and design would play important roles in her life, as she spent many hours each day painting or creating ceramics in the home studio. She was home schooled in Art and Art History by her mother, West Coast artist and mentor Marie Theron (when her parents realised that Art Studies did not form part of the conventional school curriculum). Bloemhof finished among the top 50 Art students in KwaZulu-Natal.

After enrolling for Fine Arts studies at Durban University of Technology, she decided after a year that designing and doing layout of beautiful books would ultimately be her career and switched over to a course in Graphic Design. After nearly three decades in the publishing industry, she’s come ‘full circle’ and has decided to return to her first love, Fine Arts. She also has a very keen interest in Art History, History and Psychology.

earth's sweet being opens at Imbizo Gallery on September 16, 2018, from 11h00 to 16h00. Theresa Ratray from Loaf will present a Gin Tasting at the gallery to add flavour and glamour to the event.

Imbizo Gallery is situated at Shop 7A, Ballito Lifestyle Centre, >Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal. For more information contact 032 946 1937, email: or visit