Pieter Van Der Westhuizen Book

Wherever you open this visually stunning collection of Pieter van der Westhuizen's art, you will find yourself captivated, enriched, and inspired.

This prestigious book is a tribute to the life and work of Pieter van der Westhuizen, one of South Africa's most sought after artists. Beautifully produced, this reproductions of this remarkable artists works, including many from private collections which have never been seen in public.
Available in English edition only (Afrikaans edition sold out) at R295 plus R45 postage in South Africa or plus R265 overseas airmail postage, this stunning book is a must for all art lovers.


The range of this fine artist’s easel is breathtaking with rich tapestries of life and lovers, rich and intimate landscapes, demure and enigmatic women and a myriad of other tantalisingly beautiful images. Some echoe with influences from many art forms, many different cultures, visions of our own lives, exuberant  colours, bold shapes and whispers of some celebrated artists.

In addition to representing the full spectrum of Van der Westhuizen's original artwork and a variety of subjects, the book also features the artists own reflections and commentary on his work, as well as those of some of his closest friends and acquaintances, and biographical notes of milestones in his fruitful life not least of which was his 65th birthday exhibition in 1996, the most successful ever held in South Africa.

This is a book from which all lovers of art, especially those who have ever owned or admired Pieter van der Westhuizen's work, will derive endless hours of pleasure and enjoyment. It is without doubt the most magnificent compilation of this nature ever produced in South Africa.

Born, as he puts it, "between the great drought, the depression and the Second World War", Van der Westhuizen discovered at a very young age that "the world I found myself in was not a comfortable one... At around the age of four I decided that this life was not for me. I began creating another world for myself - in pictures."


Pieter van der Westhuizen was born in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1931. He studied Art at Unisa under Sakkie Eloff, Leo Theron, Robert Hodgins and others. In 1960 he worked under Alfred Krentz and in 1971 under Erik Laubscher. During 1979-80 he attended the Nationale Hoger Institute voor Schone Kunst at the Royal Academy for Fine Arts in Belgium. In 1982 and 1985 he continued his studies at the Stedelijke Akademie in Ghent and the Ryks Centrum voor Grafiek in Kasterlee, Belgium. During 1983 and 1985 he studied wood-block printing in Japan. His work comprises mainly landscapes, portraits, still life, figures and abstract pictures and he works in pastel, oil, watercolour, ink, pencil, charcoal and in various graphic media.

Pieter van der Westhuizen has had many one-man and group exhibitions and in 1988 and 1989 exhibited with Marc Chagall, Yaacov Agam, Ben Avram, inter alia, in Madrid, Spain. His recent exhibitions on the occasion of his 65th birthday were the biggest and most successful ever held in South Africa. He is widely regarded as the most popular artist in South Africa today. Pieter van der  Westhuizen's works are today found in private and state collections in South Africa, Britain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, China, Japan and Israel. An exhibition of his work is planned for London in June 2000.
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