Claudette Schreuders (RSA)

Born in 1973 in Pretoria, Claudette Schreuders lives and works in Cape Town, where she graduated with a master’s degree from the Michaelis School of Fine Art in 1998. She was part of the Liberated Voices exhibition at the Museum for African Art in New York in 1999 and had a solo show “Burnt by the Sun” at the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York (2001). In 2004/5 her first solo museum exhibition toured the United States. She has shown extensively on group exhibitions, including All the More Real: Portrayals of intimacy and empathy at the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York (2007), Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2011), The Rainbow Nation, Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague, The Netherlands (2011) and The Loom of the Land, Stevenson, Johannesburg (2013). Since 2000: Printmaking now at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2006); and Personal affects: power and poetics in contemporary South African art at the Museum for African Art and the Cathedral of St John the Divine, New York (2004). In 2004, Schreuders was commissioned to do four life size bronzes of South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Albert Luthuli and F.W. de Klerk for the Waterfront in Cape Town.

Claudette Schreuders primiarily creates carved and painted wooden figures and has continued to keep records of her sculptures in lithograph form. These figures reflect the ambiguities of the search for an ‘African’ identity in the post-apartheid 21st century.

Schreuders’ work often follows the theme of making public that which is private or simply telling stories that have their origins in personal experience. It is this simple honest approach to herself, her world and her work which makes Schreuders’ work so moving and appealing. Schreuders is able to make something universal out of the seemingly trivial and personal. Her honesty and sense of humour are evident in the work. Shreuders’ states: I think what I’m interested in is telling stories. It’s portraiture, but it’s a vehicle for telling a particular story, or the way in which society makes people who they are, or the group against the individual. As soon as you make a figure, it has an identity, and it’s immediately a white person or a black person. To me, things aren’t that simple in South Africa. Everyone has an identity. And I made three white figures at first. … And then you start thinking, “but they’re all white”

Claudette Schreuders describes herself as something of a perfectionist, working slowly and indulging in her labour-intensive process, which she sees is quite revelatory in terms of understanding one’s intentions and desires.

Abba

Year: 2013

Type: Eight Colour, Chine Collé Lithograph

Edition Size: 35

Size: 50x38cm

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Close Close

Year: 2013

Type: Four Colour, Chine Collé Lithograph

Edition Size: 35

Size: 38x50cm

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One

Year: 2013

Type: Eight Colour, Chine Collé Lithograph

Edition Size: 35

Size: 50x38cm

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Insider

Year: 2013

Type: Four Colour, Chine Collé Lithograph

Edition Size: 35

Size: 50x38cm

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The Beginning

Year: 2008

Type: Three Colour, Chine Collé Lithograph

Edition Size: 35

Size: 38x50cm

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Arrival

Year: 2008

Type: Four Colour, Chine Collé Lithograph

Edition Size: 35

Size: 38x50cm

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The Fall

Year: 2008

Type: Six Colour, Chine Collé Lithograph

Edition Size: 35

Size: 38x50cm

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Two Hands

Year: 2013

Type: Eight Colour, Chine Collé Lithograph

Edition Size: 35

Size: 50x38cm

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Sleep

Year: 2013

Type: Four Colour, Chine Collé Lithograph

Edition Size: 35

Size: 38x50cm

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