About + CV

Bio.

Elize de Beer is a South African artist currently based in Cork, Ireland working from her studio at Sample Studios. She graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2015 with my BAFA majoring in printmaking and art history. The following year de Beer graduated with honours in Curatorial Studies in 2016, also from Michaelis. With a strong emphasis on printmaking, de Beer belongs to the printmaking collective “The Printing Girls” and is a member of Cork Printmakers.  Over the years de Beer has been part of numerus group exhibitions and has artworks in both private and institutional collections. Alongside her artistic practise she has worked working within various creative industries such as galleries, bookstores, printmaking studios, binderies and framing studios.

Alongside my artistic practice, I am also a collaborative bookbinder and owner of Bookward Bound Bindery. I work with various creatives, authors and artists to create one-off and short-run publications using traditional bookbinding techniques within a contemporary framework.

As a way to add a new perspective to the creative discourse within South Africa and the contemporary creative world, myself and co-founder/co-host Amé Bell, founded the Chopped Liver Appreciation Society and the Chopped Liver Podcast. A platform supporting creatives and innovators following unconventional career paths in various creative industries. 

Artist Statement

Elize de Beer is an artist based in Ireland, currently working from her studio in Sample Studios, Cork. Since the start of her artistic practise and during the development of her visual language, de Beer has strongly been influenced by her dyslexia, whereby written language is read as images and layered shapes. In her artwork she has explored her dyslexic experience of “reading” to better understand the disorder and for audiences to get a glimpse into her nuanced way of seeing the world. 

As her practice has developed, her dyslexia began to inform her methodology for creating abstract artworks. Through the use of printmaking, ink drawings, collage and artist books de Beer has intuitively experimented with the use of letters as images, layers of tones, textures and fields of colour. All with the intention of creating artworks that visually play with the readability of language, along with the intuitive joy and freedom to which abstraction lends itself.

It is through trying to understand her relationship with written language that the objectivity of books and their history became a focal point in her practise. With her background as a bookbinder and printmaker, de Beer creates non-narrative artist books that merge her fascination with bookbinding traditions, printmaking and written language. 

In her current body of work de Beer is looking at creating artworks that bridge the gap between visual art and the craft of bookbinding. One method is using bookbinding waste material in the art-making process, such as marbled pages, bookcloth, mull and board. Within her art-making process that she aims to use, these materials and other visual signifiers of bookmaking to investigate the “fine art” and “craft” divide.

Artist CV

EXHIBITIONS

Group Exhibitions

  • Papertrail. 2022. Lizamore & Accociaste. Johannesburg. South Africa
  • Creature Feature. 2021, David Krut Projects, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • The Printing Girls at SA Print Gallery. 2021. SA Print Gallery. Cape Town, South Africa.
  • The Printing Girls 2021, 2021, The Art Room, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Mother Nature in Monotype, 2021, White River Gallery, South Africa
  • Amplifica: A Medley of Moods in Miniature, 2021, KKNK, online exhibition, South Africa. 
  • The Troubled Archive, 2021, The Labyrinth Project, Johannesburg, South Africa. 
  • Pictures Worth A Thousand Words, 2020, David Krut Projects, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Artist Book Exhibition, 2020, The
    Project Space, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Authentic Marks, 2020, Shaghaf Group, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Kind of Blue, 2019, David Krut Projects, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • The Cat Show, 2018, David Krut Projects, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Authentic Marks, 2018, Shaghaf Group, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • A Piece of Work, 2017, David Krut Projects, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Re(union), 2017, Art.b, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Bona Fides, 2016, Jan Royce Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Art Fairs

  • Turbine Art Fair, 2021, Unearthed Project, Johannesburg, South Africa. 
  • Turbine Art Fair, 2019, David Krut Projects, Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Collections

  • University of Cape Town Permanent
    Collection, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Shaghai Group Permanent Collection, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 
  • The Project Space Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa.

EDUCATION

Studies

  • BA in Fine Arts – Majoring in Printmaking
    and Art Theory

Graduated in 2015 from the University of
Cape Town, Michaelis School of Fine Arts.

  • BA Honours – Curatorship Specialization

Graduated in 2016 from the University of
Cape Town, Michaelis School of Fine Arts

Internships

  • Brenthurt Library. 2019 and 2021.
  • Dk Conservators. 2018. 
  • David Krut Projects. 2014.
  • Warren Editions. 2015.  

COLLECTIVES, ORGANISATIONS AND SOCIETIES

The Printing Girls. Since 2021

Cork Printmakers. Since 2022

Sample Studios. Since 2022

Podcast

The Chopped Liver Podcast

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