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Jan van der Merwe was born in 1958, in Virginia, Free State and grew up in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, where he matriculated in 1975. He lives and works in Pretoria and is a senior lecturer in Fine Art at the Department of Fine and Applied Art, Tshwane University of Technology. He obtained a masterís degree in Fine Art at the Pretoria Technikon (now TUT) in 1999. His work is represented in a number of museums and corporate collections and has also won several awards. Since 1976 he has taken part in numerous group exhibitions and has also had several solo shows. In 2006 the Pretoria Art Museum hosted a comprehensive retrospective exhibition , entitled The Archaeology of Time, of his work. An extensive cv is available at

Statement: At present I work with artifacts of our time and attempt to transform them into archaeological remnants.

The exhibition Ontwortel/Uprooted is an opportunity to explore materials, processes and techniques, such as rust and heat scars, that have interested me since my early days as an artist, as seen in two early works that are also on show: Grid (1980) and The Star (1982), and to combine these processes with installation art, a strategy that I started to use in my first solo exhibition in 1999.

Jan van der Merwe
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