Renee Johannes

Renee’s paintings represent states of mind. She uses everyday objects, to create mood. Working initially in the media of watercolour and charcoal, her discovery of acrylic and oil paint and its attendant properties has enabled her to develop and explore her fascination with the concepts of fantasy and reality, mood and feeling. Renée’ uses colour as symbols to explore concepts of fantasy and reality. Unique combinations of colour and texture that together produce a vivid and dramatic fusion of perception and feeling typify her paintings. Sometimes startling in the intensity of their colour and form, her paintings may, diversely, shock, bewilder or amuse. Renée’s scope as an artist is as unlimited as her originality and expressiveness. Renée practiced as an Attorney for 18 years but has retired from a full time position as a lawyer to pursue a career in visual art and copyright law. In addition to a BA LLB she has an Advanced Diploma in Fine Art and was awarded a Masters degree in art history in 2011 at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Education and Training M. A (Art History ) 2011 (University of the Witwatersrand ) , Advanced Diploma Fine Art 2006-2008 (University of the Witwatersrand ) M. A (University of the Witwatersrand ) , The Blue Door Studio, Collin Cole (Master Printer) 2002-2005

The words of Martha Graham referred to below reflect the personal view I have as an artist.

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.

It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open...

No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive.'

- Martha Graham

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