Talitha Deetlefs

Talitha Deetlefs is a talented artist who discovered her love for self-expression through art as a child. She started her career as a scenic painter in the film industry and later developed a passion for sculpture.

Her sculptures primarily feature the female form, embodying its many facets of strength, sensuality, and sensitivity. Through her work, Deetlefs explores the feminine archetype, inspired by mythology and symbolic language, and aims to enrich lives and reveal personal beauty.

Biography

Born in 1980, Heidelberg, Gauteng

EDUCATION

1998     Matriculated with a distinction in painting and printmaking, Johannesburg

1999     Studied Tshwane University of Technology 

CAREER

2003     Entered the film industry as a scenic painter and faux artist. 

2007     Entered the sculpting industry in association with Jupiter Studios Foundry, Stellenbosch.

Talitha Deetlefs gained an appreciation for art as a form of self-expression as a young, introverted child.  She matriculated with a distinction in painting and printmaking in Johannesburg in 1998 and attended Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, where she majored in painting and printmaking.  She relocated to Cape Town and subsequently set about a career in the film industry as a scenic painter and faux artist.  It was during this time that she developed a keen interest in sculpture.   

Deetlefs soon abandoned painting and accepted a position at an art foundry in Stellenbosch which was to be a catalyst for her sculpting career.  She became familiar with all production and business aspects of sculpture creation and bronze casting.  Her body of work was well received when she started exhibiting in 2009 and can now be seen in select galleries and private collections worldwide.  

Deetlefs has created a unique collection of art by combining her love of metalwork and the sculpted figure.

She has focused predominantly on the female form as her subject, and she has created a collection of striking figures embodying the strength, sensuality, and sensitivity of the multi-faceted feminine identity.  Viewed from the angle of her own life experience, her aim is to search and explore all facets of the feminine archetype.

She explores the ways in which our identities as woman are formed by our personal and collective history, and how it relates to the notions of femininity expressed in modern society.  Her work is inspired by mythology and the symbolic language; by the ways in which it can enrich our lives, enabling us to transcend popular culture and reveal our own beauty.

EXHIBITIONS AND EXHIBITING GALLERIES

2022

The Grande, group exhibition, Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville

Alchemy, a group exhibition curated by Haas Collective, Deepest Darkest Art, Cape Town

Salon Collectibles, Lizamore & Associates Gallery, Rand Merchant Bank, Sandton

Mariposa, group exhibition, Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville

Phantasmagoria, group exhibition, RK Gallery, Riebeeck Kasteel

When Life Doesn’t Give You Lemons, group exhibition, Origin Art, Johannesburg

A selection of work at:

Art@Africa Gallery

Origin Art

Studio G Gallery, The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay

 

2021

Small Worlds, GalleryOne11, Cape Town

Treasure Hunt, Haas Collective, Cape Town

Gardens in Art, Local Works, Stellenbosch

Beautiful Objects, Is Art Gallery, Stellenbosch

Violent Femmes, group exhibition, Art.b Gallery, Belville

Imitation of Life, Winter Online, Lizamore & Associates Gallery

Multi-dimensional, group exhibition, Grande Provence Gallery

A selection of work at:

Origin Art

Studio G Gallery, The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay

 

2020

Farewell/Hamba Kahle 2020, Is Art Gallery, Stellenbosch

A selection of work at:

Studio G Gallery, The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay

Knysna Fine Art Gallery, Knysna

Grande Provence Gallery, Franschhoek

 

2019

Celebration of Winter, group exhibition, Grande Provence Gallery

Spring, group exhibition, Grande Provence Gallery, Franschoek

A selection of work at:

Studio G Gallery, The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay

Knysna Fine Art Gallery, Knysna

 

2018

Sculpt X Sculpture Fair, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg

2 Women Show, with Marieke Kruger, Knysna Fine Art, Knysna

Decade, Solo exhibition of sculpture, Everard Read, Franschhoek

A selection of work at:

Studio G Gallery, The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay

Knysna Fine Art Gallery, Knysna

Agapanthus Gallery, Kalk Bay

 

2017

20th Birthday, group exhibition, Knysna Fine Art Gallery, Knysna

Summer Show, group exhibition, Everard Read Franschhoek

A selection of work at:

Studio G Gallery, The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay

Agapanthus Gallery, Kalk Bay

Grande Provence Gallery, Franschhoek

Art Eye Gallery, Johannesburg

 

2016

Summer Exhibition, Knysna Fine Art Gallery, Knysna

Transmutation, Knysna Fine Art Gallery, Knysna

Mirrored Dialogue, group exhibition, Eclectica Design and Art

That Art Fair 2016, Eclectica Design and Art, Cape Town

Women, group exhibition, Grande Provence Gallery, Franschhoek

Playground, group exhibition, Moor Gallery, Franschhoek

A selection of work at:

Agapanthus Gallery, Kalk Bay

Grande Provence Gallery, Franschhoek

Art Eye Gallery, Johannesburg

G2 Art Gallery, Cape Town

 

Projects 2016

That Art Fair 2016, The Handbag Project, curated by Camilla Bernal and Jacques LaGrange, Raising tuition fees for promising young designers

Old Mutual Charity Auction 2016, curated by Camilla Bernal, in aid of the George Child and Family Welfare

 

2015

Summer Exhibition, Knysna Fine Art Gallery, Knysna

Signature, a group exhibition at Grande Provence Gallery

Guilty Pleasures, Aleit and Is Art Gallery, Lourensford Estate,

Christmas Exhibition, Is Art Gallery, Franschhoek

 

2014

A selection of work at:

Knysna Fine Art Gallery, Knysna

Grande Provence Gallery, Franschhoek

Art Eye Gallery, Johannesburg

 

2013

Prototype, group exhibition, D-Street Gallery, Stellenbosch

Hoodoo Heartland, group exhibition, Equus Gallery, Stellenbosch

A selection of work at:

Knysna Fine Art Gallery, Knysna

Grande Provence Gallery, Franschhoek

 

2012

Skin, Solo exhibition, Slee Gallery, Stellenbosch

Group exhibition, The Art Business Contemporary Gallery, Piketberg

Woman of the World, group exhibition, Fient Lifestyle Gallery, Pretoria

Angels 7- I am an African, group exhibition, Grande Provence Gallery

A selection of work at:

Knysna Fine Art Gallery, Knysna

Is Art Gallery, Franschhoek

 

2011

Elements, with Judy Woodborne, Is Art Gallery, Franschhoek

She is Beautiful, Solo in Salon B, Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville

Solo exhibition of recent works, Knysna Fine Art Gallery, Knysna

 

2010

Angels, group exhibition, Grande Provence Gallery, Franschhoek

Deetlefs Fine Art, group exhibition, Jupiter Studios Art Foundry

A selection of work at:

Knysna Fine Art Gallery, Knysna

 

2009

Angels, group exhibition, Grande Provence Gallery, Franschhoek

 

COLLECTIONS

Noble Savage Investments

Amber Mountain Investments

Schema Stockbrokers

Achalay Properties

Nastro Investments

 

 

 

 

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