Leon de Bliquy born in 1943 in Johannesburg is an artist and academic with Belgian roots whose exhibitions, written works and media recognition spans several decades. He attained an M.A (Fine Art) at Rhodes University. He makes poetry visible, drawing luminous imagery from the deep recesses of his introspective mind since from an early age his world was perceived through blunted sight. He references the animated folklore of the Koi San sharing their elemental capacity to metamorphose their surroundings into tales of magical shamanic import. He is a powerful image maker who recognizes the edge of reality in his horizon line, that division between the conscious and unconscious mind. The metaphysical, mythology, poetry, literature, the eternal adventure in the exploration of being as well as the majestic Cape Mountains which inspired him to employ metaphoric substances to create perceptions that evoke “Spirit of Place”, all have been a constant source of inspiration to him.
Leon’s work is featured in collections at the IZIKO (S.A. National Gallery), Pretoria Art Museum, Bloemfontein Art Museum, Kimberley Art Museum, The Nelson Mandela Art Museum, Durban Art Museum, The Rembrandt Art Foundation, Sanlam and SASOL.
LEON DE BLIQUY
Johannesburg, South Africa
National Printers Diploma, Cape Technikon, Cape Town
National Diploma in Fine Art, Cape Technikon, Cape Town
Master of Fine Art Printmaking, Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth
B.A. Fine Art, University of the Orange Free State, Bloemfontein
Master of Fine Art, Rhodes University, Grahamstown
1967 Painting Prize “Cape Art ‘67″
1971 & 1975 Cultural Exchange Scholarships to Belgium
1981 Purchase Award, Rockford International Printmaking Biennial, USA
1982 H.S.R.C. Award
INTERNATIONAL GROUP EXHIBITIONS
1978 Biennial Graphic Art, BP Centre, Cape Town
1979 Monte Carlo, Monaco, 14th Biennial Exhibition
1981 Rockford, Illinois, USA, Printmaking Biennial for Graphic Art
1985 Taipei, Rep. China, Biennial for Graphic Art
1989 Kanagawa, Japan, 15th Biennial Graphic Art
1990 Kanagawa, Japan, 16th Biennial Graphic Art
1991 Victoria, Venezuela, “Grafica International”
1995 Gent, Belgium, “Casa de Flandes”
1995 Bredene, Belgium, “The Boat in Art”
1996 Villarobledo, Spain, “Casa de Flandes”
1996 Ypres, Belgium, “200 Years Lithography”
1998 Ypres, Belgium, “Lorca ’98″
1998 Kemmel, Belgium, “Angels still exist”
South African National Gallery, Cape Town; Pretoria Art Museum; Oliewenhuis Art Museum Bloemfontein; William Humphries Art Museum, Kimberley; Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth; Durban Art Museum; Rembrandt Art Foundation; University of Stellenbosch; University of Cape Town; University of Louvain, Belgium; University of the O.F.S.
MAJOR SOLO EXHIBITIONS.
1967 Cape Scapes, Adler Fielding Gallery, Johannesburg
1968 Interiors, Artists Gallery, Cape Town
1969 Reflections, Dorp Street Studio, Cape Town
1970 Winter Landscapes, Natal Association of Arts
1971 Figures and Fruit, Pretoria Association of Arts
1972 Flight over Africa, Association of Arts C.T.
1974 Flemish Bride, Cape Town; S.A. Association of Arts
1975 European Fantasy, National Museum, Bloemfontein
1976 African Quest, Emile Verhaeren Museum, Sint Amands Belgium
1977 Myths of the Rain, University O.F.S.
1978 Myths and Poems, Goodman Wolman Gallery, Cape Town
1979 Homage to Lorca, University O.F.S.
1979 Homage to Elytis, National Museum, Bloemfontein
1980 Thamar and Amnon, Gallery International C.T.
1985 Genesis, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth, S.A.
1986 Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg S.A.
1987 Wenniger Graphics, Boston U.S.A.
1988 Homage to Light, Steggman Gallery U.O.F.S.
1988 Journey to the Heart of Darkness, S.A. Association of Arts, Pretoria;
1989 African Odyssey, S.A. Association of Art, Cape Town, “The Odyssey a Sequel “, Bellville Association of Arts;
1991 Return to the Cape, Stellenbosch University;
1992 Cape Landscapes, The Chelsea Gallery, Wynberg Cape Town;
1994 Introduction to Flanders, City Hall Ypres; Bank Brussels Lambert, Aalst Belgium; Town Hall Gavere; Gallery Labyrinth, Kemmel
1995 KULAK (University of Louvain Campus Kortrijk); Gallery Van Langenhoven, Gent; Gallery Groot Begijnhof, Mechelen
1996 VLEKHO (College for Economic Studies) Brussels; Gallery Huis Hellemans, Edegem
1999 Lorca & Elytis, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein S.A.; The Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch S.A.; Pretoria Association of Arts; Bank Brussels Lambert; Bruges Market Square
2000 Wind San & Stars, Stellenbosch University S.A.; Gallery 88, Sasolburg S.A.
2001 Straffe Hendrik Gallery, Bruges, Belgium
2002 Jean Weltz – Hugo Naudé Museum, Worcester, S.A.; Bottega Gallery Oudtshoorn, S.A.
2003 André Demedtshuis, Wielsbeke, Belgium
2007 Galerie De Peperbusse, Ostend, Belgium
2008 Icons for an Odyssey, Cape Gallery, Cape Town
2009 Dancing in Dehra Dun, Cape Gallery, Cape Town
2010 Fifteen Years, Stellenbosch University Gallery, Stellenbosch
2011 Metanoia, Grand Provence Gallery, Franschhoek
2012 Gathering of Jesters, Cape Gallery, Cape Town
International Group Exhibitions
BP Printmaking Biennale, C.T.; 14th Biennale Monte Carlo; Printmaking Biennale Rockford, Illinois, USA; Printmaking Biennale Taipei, ROC. Biennale Kanagawa, Japan; Villarobledo, Spain; Venezuela, Grafieka Intenacional
Esmé Berman “Art and Artists of South Africa” A.A. Balkema 1983 p. 108, 109, 192, 370, 516, 517; Grania Ogilvie “The Dictionary of S.A. Painters and Sculptors” Everard Read 1986. p. 159, 160.
Exhibition reviews under the Pseudo name “Jan Deleuze” for Die Burger (Oosterlig Port Elizabeth)
A Gathering of Jesters: a series of colour lithographs printed and published by Atelier le Grand Village, Massignac, France
South Africa: The Cape Argus, The Cape Times, Die Burger, Die Volksblad, The Star, South African Financial Mail, Pretoria News, The Natal Mercury, The Friend, Eastern Province Herald, The Week End Post, The Evening Post, Beeld
USA: The Boston Ledger
Belgium: Streekskrant West Flanders; Het Nieuwsblad; Streekskrant; De Weekbode; Gazette van Antwerpen; Het Belang van Limburg; Het Weeklijks Nieuws; Imago; Steps
Media Documentation Radio and television; S.A.B.C.; BRT; WTV