KEITH JOUBERT

BIOGRAPHY

KEITH JOUBERT 

(1948 - 2013)

Born in 1948 near Johannesburg, Keith Joubert studied at the Johannesburg School of Art. From 1970 onwards, Joubert concentrated on painting African wildlife and landscapes. He travelled frequently throughout southern Africa and spent much of his time in the Okavango Swamps, Botswana.

Joubert's seemingly effortless renditions of Africa, with their contemporary vision, impeccable draughtsmanship and tonality, rapidly gained acknowledgement internationally. His work plays on the subtle relationships between different facets of the ecosystem, where the diminutive and seemingly innocuous creatures are as essential as the larger animals that have evolved on the African continent. Joubert developed a deep fascination with indigenous human cultures that have successfully co-existed with their natural environment for generations.

Joubert’s studio was on the banks of the Linyanti Swamp in northern Botswana. It consisted of no more than a tent during winter and a simple tarpaulin during the hot summer months. He also owned a farm near the northern part of the Kruger National Park, where he was often visited by elephants and other game at his open bush studio. Joubert spent most of his adult life in the bush, walking and observing animals.


"Joubert was one of Africa's most successful contemporary artists. His work hangs in many corporate and private collections worldwide. Success, though, did not complicate his life, and he retained a marvelously carefree and simple existence. Success can bring material gain, but with it often comes unnecessary responsibilities. Joubert emphatically believed in owning as few objects as possible - a good four-wheel drive vehicle as he was a restless man, a tent and a camp bed. Of course, as an artist, the tools of his trade infested his camp - the finest Belgian flax leaning against Marula trees – awaiting a layer of paint, which sat incongruously in boxes under the tent flap."           Mark Read, Everard Read Galleries

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017
Summer Exhibition, Group show at Everard Read, London, UK

2013
Solo exhibition, Everard Read Johannesburg, South Africa

2011
15th anniversary, group show, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa

2010
Solo Exhibition at Everard Read, Johannesburg, South Africa

2007
Solo Exhibition at Everard Read, Johannesburg & Cape Town, South Africa

2002
Solo Exhibition, Stremmel Galleries, Reno, Nevada, USA
Earth Summit Exhibition, Everard Read, Johannesburg, South Africa

2001

Solo Exhibition at Everard Read, Johannesburg, South Africa

1999
Solo Exhibition at Everard Read, Johannesburg, South Africa

1994
Solo Exhibition at The Everard Read Gallery, South Africa

1991/92
International Wildlife and Natural History Exhibition, The Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1991
Birds of the Waterways: Exhibition of paintings at the Everard Read Gallery, as part of the Sappi portfolio
Birds of the Waterways - Exhibition London, UK

1990
Solo exhibition at La Maison de la Chasse et de la Nature in Paris, France

1988
Wildlife Artists of the World Exhibition, Tryon Gallery, London, UK
Participated in group exhibitions in Germany, France and the US
Solo exhibition at The Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1987

Read Stremmel Gallery, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Fourth World Wilderness Congress, Denver, Colorado, USA
The Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1985
Wildlife Artists of the World Exhibition, Johannesburg, South Africa

1984
The Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1979

The South African Association of Arts, Johannesburg, South Africa
The Collector's Covey, Dallas, Texas, USA