Hermine Spies Coleman


Hermine Spies Coleman

BIOGRAPHY

I have a Fine Arts degree from Pretoria University, Honours in History of Art from Unisa and three years training at the Art Academy in Ghent Belgium.
In 1982 I won the Uta travelling scholarship to return to Paris for another spell soaking up art inspiration in Europe.
During the seventies and eighties I held more than twenty solo exhibitions in South Africa and Europe after which I focussed on teaching.
I believe that I have learnt most of what I know and teach from practising art and working with other artists including my students. I have been teaching art for more than forty years and focus my teaching on the development of intuitive expression in my students. In 2000, I opened and ran a Creative Centre in the Natal Midlands until I joined my husband for a few years in Nigeria in 2010.
Recently returned, I am now living and working in the Natal Midlands again where I encourage people to be creative through classes in painting, drawing and ceramics amongst others. by organising workshops, teaching and providing the space for other teachers to share their creative expertise at Giverny Country Studios in Curry’s Post.
Throughout the years of encouraging other people to be creative, I have continued drawing and making my own art, but have not often exposed my work in galleries.



ARTIST'S STATEMENT


Creating is a way of life for me, an exploration into an unknown. Making art is to connect with an intuitive direction to find meaning in life. Currently, I am exploring the physicality of the human body, the differences in genders and similarities between the shapes and skin of man and beast with the surface of the earth.
Shapes materialise from visual stimuli, past drawings as well as from memory, often intertwining, metamorphosing into something new; something not cognitively planned.
I enjoy working in a variety of media, as they all embody metaphors in my search for meaning.

In a recent exhibition, The Power of Loss and Gain, held at the Tatham Gallery in Pietermaritzburg in 2019, I projected my intensely personal journey as an artist dealing  with deeply personal and contemporary issuesdemonstrating  the complexities of gender transformation human relationships and self image.