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Werk die land

A Solo Exhibition by MJ Lourens

Exhibition opens 26 March 2015, 18h30
26 March 2015 - 10 April 2015

Stephan Welz & Co.
The Great Cellar, Alphen Estate
Alphen Drive, Constantia


MJ Lourens becomes the second artist invited by esteemed fine art auctioneers Stephan Welz & Co. to exhibit exclusively at their Alphen Estate offices in Constantia, following the hugely popular and successful show 'In Retrospect - celebrating 40 years of sculpting by Anton Smit'.

The solo exhibition will see MJ Lourens showcase 30 of his most recent works. Lourens has painted exciting and new perspectives of many instinctively recognisable views of Cape Town and its surrounds. All feature his signature, brooding late afternoon, early evening views of the South African landscape.

The exhibition runs from 27 March to 10 April 2015. A public reception for the artist will be held on the evening of 26 March from 18:30.

MJ Lourens says his initial thinking behind this exhibition, reflected in its title, is to explore the varied and ambiguous relationship and meanings that South Africans have of the land and its familiar vistas - from possibly ugly, yet imposing, industrial architecture to the ever-expanding urban sprawl and human settlements around its major cities.

The title is a statement, a typical Afrikaans call to get up and get going to work the land, to make it grow and prosper. But its meaning becomes something completely different when one asks: Werk die land? Is everything working as we think it should?" MJ Lourens explains.

The exhibition marks a particular milestone for MJ Lourens - his 10th solo exhibition. Lourens grew up in Pretoria, admiring the distinctive images that Pierneef extracted from the South African landscape. Both artists have a fascination for the majestic imagery and meaning that South African cloud formations generate each afternoon. Other influences on his work are Keith Alexander, Alexis Preller and, less obviously so, Salvador Dali.

Fellow artist and long-time friend Anton Smit had this to say about MJ Lourens works: “Upon seeing MJ's works for this show Henry Vaughan's poem 'The World' came to mind.

'I saw Eternity the other night,

Like a great ring of pure and endless light,

All calm, as it was bright;

And round beneath it, Time in hours, days, years,

Driven by the spheres

Like a vast shadow moved...'

Like the poem, MJ's works transcends the corporeal world and transports to pure delight."

This exhibition should change the way Capetonians think about and view their environment. It is not to be missed.

MJ Lourens, Sunday night shift / Sondag nagskof, 2015, Acrylic on board, 150 x 200cm

Sunday night shift / Sondag nagskof
2015
Acrylic on board
150 x 200cm

MJ Lourens, Slipping away, 2015, Acrylic on board, 150 x 200cm

Slipping away
2015
Acrylic on board
150 x 200cm

MJ Lourens, ​Outskirts VII, 2015, Acrylic on board, 40 x 50cm

Outskirts VII / Buitewyke VII
2015
Acrylic on board
40 x 60cm

MJ Lourens, ​Weekend, 2015, Acrylic on board, 70 x 200cm

Weekend
2015
Acrylic on board
70 x 200cm

MJ Lourens, ​Higher up, 2015, Acrylic on board, 70 x 90cm

Higher up
2015
Acrylic on board
70 x 90cm

MJ Lourens, ​Land option I, 2015, Acrylic on board, 40 x 45cm

Land option I
2015
Acrylic on board
40 x 45cm

MJ Lourens, ​Night shift IV / Nagskof IV, 2015, Acrylic on board, 70 x 90cm

Night shift IV / Nagskof IV
2015
Acrylic on board
70 x 90cm

MJ Lourens, Work the land in 4 stages of flux I - IV, 2015, Acrylic on board, 4 x 50 x 180cm

Work the land in 4 stages of flux I - IV
2015
Acrylic on board
4 x 50 x 180cm

MJ Lourens, ​Night shift I, 2015, Acrylic on board, 180 x 200cm

Night shift I
2015
Acrylic on board
180 x 200cm

MJ Lourens, ​Access II, 2015, Acrylic on board, 180 x 270cm

Access II
2015
Acrylic on board
180 x 270cm

MJ Lourens, ​Ads Infinitum, 2015, Acrylic on board, 150 x 200cm

Ads Infinitum
2015
Acrylic on board
150 x 200cm

MJ Lourens, ​Access, 2015, Acrylic on board, 70 x 90cm

Access
2015
Acrylic on board
70 x 90cm

MJ Lourens, ​Werk die land, 2015, Acrylic on board, 40 x 90cm

Werk die land
2015
Acrylic on board
40 x 90cm

MJ Lourens, ​Bungalow by the city, 2015, Acrylic on board, 70 x 200cm

Bungalow by the city
2015
Acrylic on board
70 x 200cm

MJ Lourens, ​Days end, I can see my work from here / Dageinde, Ek kan my werk van hier af sien, 2015, Acrylic on board, 150 x 200cm

Days end, I can see my work from here / Dageinde, Ek kan my werk van hier af sien
2015
Acrylic on board
150 x 200cm


MJ Lourens, ​Further up, 2015, Acrylic on board, 70 x 90cm

Further up
2015
Acrylic on board
70 x 90cm

MJ Lourens, ​Further up II / Verder op II, 2015, Acrylic on board, 70 x 90cm

Further up II / Verder op II
2015
Acrylic on board
70 x 90cm

MJ Lourens, ​Game over, 2015, Acrylic on board, 40 x 60cm

Game over
2015
Acrylic on board
40 x 60cm

MJ Lourens, ​Outskirts IV / Buitewyke IV, 2015, Acrylic on board, 40 x 60cm

Outskirts IV / Buitewyke IV
2015
Acrylic on board
40 x 60cm

MJ Lourens, ​Outskirts IX / Buitewyke IX, 2015, Acrylic on board, 30 x 90cm

Outskirts IX / Buitewyke IX
2015
Acrylic on board
30 x 90cm

MJ Lourens, ​Outskirts V / Buitewyke V, 2015, Acrylic on board, 40 x 60cm

Outskirts V / Buitewyke V
2015
Acrylic on board
40 x 60cm

MJ Lourens, ​The land of milk and honey I / Die land van melk en heuning I, 2015, Acrylic on board, 70 x 90cm

The land of milk and honey I / Die land van melk en heuning I
2015
Acrylic on board
70 x 90cm

MJ Lourens, ​​The land of milk and honey II / Die land van melk en heuning II, 2015, Acrylic on board, 70 x 90cm

The land of milk and honey II / Die land van melk en heuning II
2015
Acrylic on board
70 x 90cm

MJ Lourens, ​UP nights / UP aande, 2015, Acrylic on board, 40 x 60cm

UP nights / UP aande
2015
Acrylic on board
40 x 60cm

MJ Lourens, ​Weekend return, 2015, Acrylic on board, 70 x 90cm

Weekend return
2015
Acrylic on board
70 x 90cm

MJ Lourens, ​Industria I, 2015, Acrylic on board, 40 x 45cm

Industria I
2015
Acrylic on board
40 x 45cm

MJ Lourens, ​​Industria II, 2015, Acrylic on board, 40 x 45cm

Industria II
2015
Acrylic on board
40 x 45cm

MJ Lourens, ​Land option III / Land opsie III, 2015, Acrylic on board, 40 x 45cm

Land option III / Land opsie III
2015
Acrylic on board
40 x 45cm

MJ Lourens, ​Land option II / Land opsie II, 2015, Acrylic on board, 40 x 45cm

Land option II / Land opsie II
2015
Acrylic on board
40 x 45cm

MJ Lourens, Sondag soeke, 2015, Acrylic on board, 180 x 200cm

Sondag soeke
2015
Acrylic on board
180 x 200cm