Willem Pretorius

Born in 1977 and raised in the small Kalahari town of Stella, Willem moved on to study at the Pretoria Technikon (now TUT) where he obtained his diploma in Graphic Design in 2000. It was his love for painting however that afforded Willem his first solo exhibition in 2007 with the Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria, where he has held subsequent solos every second year since that time.

The William Humphreys National Gallery acquired 4 of Willem’s works in 2017 for its permanent Collection, following his solo exhibition held there at the time. He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions including Lizamore and Associates (Jhb), RK Contemporary in Riebeeck Kasteel, Glen Carlou and Rust-en-Vrede Gallery in the Cape.

Willem has been a Top 40 finalist in Sanlam’s Portrait Awards for four consecutive editions (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019). As a painter of national interest, Willem and his work have been featured in numerous publications as well as the Press (refer following page for details).

Willem lives and works from Rosendal in the Eastern Free State, and shares his home with his wife Linda and their 8 children. His work is held in numerous private and public collections both locally and abroad. He is currently working towards his 12th solo to be held at the White River Gallery later this year.

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Willem Pretorius
White River Gallery
04 Apr 2020 - 04 May 2020

Willem finds his inspiration in the smells and sights of the small towns of South Africa. His depiction of them is that of ...

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Say Africa

Laurel Holmes, Ingrid Uys, Andrew Hamlet, Sue Martin, Mariana Zwaan, Karin Daymond, Walter Voigt, Erica Schoeman, Eric Eatwell, James De Villiers, Lynette van Tonder, Rene Eloff, Gerrie van Tonder, Winston Thekiso, Wendy Sippel, Noeleen Kleve , Marina Louw, Michael Heyns, Anton Smit, Tony Fredriksson, Willem Pretorius, Anna Kirsten, Gwen Miller, Marieke Prinsloo-Rowe, Lebohang Sithole, Braam van Wijk, Sizwe Khoza, Linda Pretorius, Pat Sithole, Nelsa Guambe, Jonathan Kassel, Elise Buitendag, Bongi Bengu, Odette Saayman, Annelie Odendaal, Daryl Nero, Valinda Lombard, Maria Pienaar, Cobus van Bosch, Maria Marais, Coleen Williams, Henriette van Staden, Ewald Esselen, Pete Armstrong, Khulekani Msweli, Phindile Mamba, Thabo Lukhele, M.J. Hill, Jackie Noakes, Ianthe Hudson, Anya Heymans, Lucy Doran, Valinda Lombard, Thelmi, Siphiwe Fokazi, Belinde Fourie, Belinde Fourie, Ian Hertslet, Ian Hertslet, Mimi van der Merwe, Zakkie Eloff, Jennifer Snyman
White River Gallery
30 Nov 2019 - 19 Jan 2020

"I may be walking in the streets of a city called London, but the dust on my boots, and rhythm of my feet ...