Katrine Brink Claassens

Katrine Brink Claassens


Katrine Claassens is a painter from Cape Town, South Africa. She has a master's degree in Climate Change from the University of Cape Town (2015) and an honours degree in Visual Art from Stellenbosch University (2007).

Her paintings reflect her interests in climate change, deep ecology, urban ecology, and internet memes. As well as practicing as a painter, Katrine has worked as climate change communicator at the African Climate & Development Initiative at the University of Cape Town and environmental organisations in Canada. She has led workshops, given public lectures, and curated exhibitions all over the world from the Arctic to Antarctica. She is a writer and illustrator for The Nature of Cities. She currently lives and works in Montreal.


The stories we tell each other about our world matter deeply.

I seek to make art that creates breathing space to witness our times: to mourn for, and to empathize with, the passing of one world for another, but also how we can find joy and delight in the ecologically unprecedented time we live in.

Internet memes, gifs from whatsapp groups and twitter, images from lost and abandoned places on the internet, all make an appearance to testify to the vulnerability and resilience of our world.

Selected Exhibitions

2020: New Paintings, 99 Loop Gallery, Cape Town (upcoming)2017 we came at a time, 99 Loop Gallery, Cape Town.
2016: welcome to the internet i will be your guide, 99 Loop Gallery, Cape Town
2013: Between The Blue Swimming Pools, AVA, Cape Town
2011: The Jacaranda Girls and Other Stories, Salon91, Cape Town
2009: Les Oiseaux, Syndrome, Montréal

2018: Adaptation Futures, Cape Town International Convention Centre
2017: Winter Show, DF Contemporary, Cape Town
2016: Origin and Lineage, DF Contemporary, Cape Town.
2016: Reverie, AGOG Gallery, Johannesburg.
2016:Artemisia, DF Contemporary, Cape Town.
2016:Untitled 2.99 Group Exhibition, 99 Loop, Cape Town.
2015: Cape of Good Hope, 99 Loop Gallery, Cape Town
2015: The Grand II, Rust-en-Vrede, Durbanville
2015: Golden Haze, Salon91, Cape Town
2015: The Grand, Rust-en-Vrede, Bellville2015: Visual Manifesto, Rust-en-Vrede, Belleville
2013: Muse, Casa Labia Gallery, Cape Town
2013:Summer Salon, Commune1, Cape Town
2013:Fissure, Commune1, Cape Town
2013:In Good Company, Irma Stern Museum Gallery, Cape Town
2013:Home is Wherever You Are, Salon91, Cape Town
2012: I’d Rather Be Swimming, Salon91, Cape Town
2012: Die Landskap van Vrouwees, Grevilleas Gallery, Breytenbach Sentrum, Wellington
2012: Shoes From Chinese Ships, Salon91, Cape Town
2012: Woord en Beeld, Grevilleas Gallery, Breytenbach Sentrum, Wellington
2011: If You Let Yourself Love a Wild Thing, Salon91, Cape Town
2010: Spookasem, Salon 91, Cape Town
2008: Sasol New Signatures Exhibition, Pretoria Arts Museum, Pretoria
2008:ABSA Atelier, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg
2008:Faces and Places, Off the Wall Gallery, Paarl
2008:Postcard Show II, Off the Wall Gallery, Paarl
2008:30X30, SU Museum and Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa
2007: Greatest Hits, AVA Gallery, Cape Town

2018Group Show, Redpath Museum, Montréal
2015Small Canvas Project at Querini Stampalia Foundation, Venice.
2014Five Wolves No Pigs, Montreal, Canada
Thoughtful Planet, The Thought Foundation, Gatehead, UK
Imago Mundi, Pratt Institute, New York.

2018: Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg
2017: Art Africa Fair, DF Contemporary, Cape Town
2016: Travel, 10&5. That Art Fair, Cape Town and Johannesburg
2016: Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Commune 1, Cape Town, South Africa
2014: Fresh Produce, Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg

Africana Special Section, JS Gericke Library, Stellenbosch.
Raymond Danowski Poetry Library, Atlanta, U.S.A.
Spier Collection, Stellenbosch

2018: Extinction, Art & Climate Change, Redpath Museum, Montréal
2017: Climate Science & Representation in Antarctica, 99 Loop Gallery
2017: Art, Empathy and Climate Science, Cape Agulhas II, Antarctica
2017: Painting the Edges: Suburbs and Nature, The Nature of
Cities, Portland, USA
2016: Communicating Climate Change, South African Network for Coastal
and Oceanic Research, Cape Town
2015: Using the Polar Regions to Imagine Climate Change,
Conference of the Youth, Paris
2015: The Wisdom of Using the Arctic to Communicate
Climate Change, Arctic Frontiers, Norway