Nellien Brewer

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For a number of years I have been working on large text-based digital images of natural systems such as lichen and termites. The work is extremely time-consuming and contains a lot of detail as every word is typed individually. The finished work is printed on paper or perspex. Up to now I have only taken part in group exhibitions such as the Fresh Produce exhibition at the 2014 Turbine Art Fair and competitions such as the Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards or SASOL New Signatures. 3 of my works were exhibited in the Joburg Fringe exhibition 2014. I would like to take part in the Joburg Fringe 2015 as I feel this is an edgy and contemporary platform on which to exhibit my first mini-solo exhibition of text images.


Nellien Brewer was born in Greytown, KwaZulu-Natal, in 1961. She qualified as a Landscape Architect from the University of Pretoria in 1982, and spent the next 20 years in this profession. Fine arts, however, always remained her first love, and she enrolled for the BVA degree at UNISA which she completed in 2011. Her work is represented in the UNISA permanent Collection. She employs a variety of media in her art making, and started working extensively with text during 2007. Her work has since become increasingly computer-based as digital drawing facilitates a level of detail impossible to achieve by hand. Selected Exhibitions: 2008 Ekurhuleni National Fine Arts Awards (Top 10 Artist) 2009 2009 Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards (Art on Paper Merit Award) 2010 Sasol New Signatures exhibition 2011 CIVA Biennial Conference Juried Exhibition at Biola University, Los Angeles 2012 Me3 exhibition - Fried Contemporary 2013 Sasol New Signatures exhibition 2013 Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards (Top 15 Artist) 2014 Sasol New Signatures exhibition 2014 Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards 2014 Assemblage: Fresh Produce exhibition – Turbine Art Fair 2014 Joburg Fringe Exhibition.