Creative Philosophy

  • I paint to fill the need to create.
  • I am constantly experimenting with media and subject matter.
  • The compulsion to recycle pushes me towards mixed media.
  • I don’t have a huge urge to comment on anything political, although you will often find a political poster on the back of my painting done on hard board.
  • Cape Town and it’s people provide contradictions and contrasts to work from.
  • Every day is an inspiration.
  • The need to revel and reflect life’s beauty drives me to create.
  • To share the delight in the seemingly ordinary.

Timeline

Lisette Bambine Forsyth

Born in Namibia when it was still South West Africa.
I attended Jan van Riebeek Primary school, which was burnt down during the struggle.I then switched to Camps Bay High School. This was like a holiday camp compared to the constraints of the Afrikaner system. At Camps Bay I was able to model part time from the age of 14.
I managed to matriculate just before calculators were permitted in maths in 1986.
Travelled and worked in Europe as a model from 1987 until 1989.
It was a huge hinderance to travel on a South African passport at this time.

Returned to South Africa and studied Graphic Design at the Cape Technikon.

Graduated in 1999 majoring in print making and photography. Only to find it all go digital the very next year!

Worked in Europe in 1992. Completed an apprenticeship in Mechanical Graphics at the Bayerische Rundfunk (German television station)

Returned to South Africa with my infant son Ike permanently in 1994. Worked as a wardrobe artist, model and commercial actress to keep the wolves at bay.

In 1998 While traveling Australia I managed to join the resident artist in the Caretaker’s Studio where we exhibited Cottesloe the People.

Returned to South Africa married and pregnant and my daughter was born in 1999.
When painting from home became impractical in 2002 I moved into a shared studio with Sanel Agenbag in Bree Str. Cape Town.

2004 I managed to step out and do a solo exhibition : ‘Exinhibitions Inexhibition’

During 2005 created Snug a homeware range

2007- moved into a Studio in Woodstock- StudioTonic

 2009 Solo exhibition in studio: Publiccity

Group exhibition at Haas: Urban Lines

2010 Group exhibition at Studio Tonic: Naked Ambition

2011 Exhibition at HAAS: PIN HOLE

2012 Part of the art walk, Art week in Observatory and Woodstock, resulting in an ongoing relationship with the JEANETTA BLIGNAUT ART CONSULTANCY, Spier \Yellow woods

2013 An honest day’s work

 
2013 A short visit to Sri Lanka.

 
2014 Works donated for Ukuthemba Child foundation are auctioned by Graham Norton, resulting in sales to Mr Norton.

July 2014 Solo exhibition at State of the Art : ‘A reflection of us.’

Solo exhibition: ‘Who’s looking at who’ at Rust and Vrede Gallery

Group exhibition: ‘Ladies first’ Galerie von Braunbehrens Munich Germany


 
Group exhibition: ‘Music and Lyrics’ at Rust and Vrede

 
Solo exhibition at Studio Dylan Thomas: ‘Nothing in India

 

 State of the Art Spring Exhibition: ‘Love They Neighbour’

 

BRKLYNPRJCT – property development and community upliftment program.

Lisette CV

  • Born in Namibia 1st August 1968 Windhoek Namibia (formally S.W.A. )
  • Returned to Cape Town before the high fluoride content in the water could have
  • a significant effect on my permanent teeth
  • Attended St Cyprian and Jan Van Riebeek Primary School.
  • Began working as a photographic model in 1983.
  • Matriculated from Camps Bay High School in 1986.
  • Travelled and worked in Europe as a model 1987-89.
  • Studied Graphic Design at The Cape Technikon from 1989-91 -Graduated with a Diploma, majoring in photography and printmaking.
  • Worked in Europe in 1992. Completed an apprenticeship in Mechanical Graphics at theBayerische Rundfunk (German television station)
  • Returned to South Africa with my infant son Ike permanently in 1994.
  • Worked as a wardrobe artist, model and commercial actress(1993-2003)
  • In 1998 took up four months residence in the Caretaker’s Studio while on a working holiday in Perth, Western Australia. Culminating in a group exhibition in October 1998: Cottesloe the People.
  • In May 1999 my daughter Lola was born in Cape Town and I painted from home.
  • Early 2002 I took up residence in a shared studio in Bree St. Cape Town.
  • June 2004 solo exhibition: Exinhibition Inexhibition.
  • 2007 Created and worked on Snug a home ware range.
  • Set up my own studio in Woodstock, Cape Town.
  • Finalist in The Arts Association of Belville’s 2007 Veleka Art Competition.
  • 2009 Solo exhibition in studio: Publiccity’
  • 2010 group exhibition at Haas: Urban Lines
  • group exhibition: Naked Ambition
  • 2011 group exhibition at Haas: Pin Hole
  • 2012 Part of the Art Walk, Art week in Observatory and Woodstock
  • 2013 Solo exhibition: An honest day’s work
  • 2014 Works donated for Ukuthemba Child foundation are auctioned by Graham Norton, resulting in sales to Mr Norton.
  • Solo exhibition at StateoftheArt in July: A reflection of us.
  • Solo exhibition: ‘Who’s looking at who’ at Rust and Vrede Gallery
  • Group exhibition: ‘Ladies first’ Galerie von Braunbehrens Munich Germany
  • Group exhibition: ‘Music and Lyrics’ at Rust and Vrede
  • 2015 art and antique expo at the Look Out, W&A Waterfront
  • Solo exhibition at Studio Dylan Thomas: ‘Nothing in India’
  • Solo exhibition at Stateoftheart: ‘Love they Neighbour’
  • Started the BRKLYNPRJCT – A community upliftment & environmental project
  • 2016 Saada art show with Holden Manz
  • Proudly South African Group exhibition at Studio Dylan Thomas
  • East Side studios Group exhibition
  • BRKLYN Spring exhibition
  • 2017 SAADA art show with Holden Manz
  • MANZART group show in Joburg
  • State of the art spring exhibition
  • 2018 Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS) in New York