GERBRAND VAN HEERDEN
Gerbrand van Heerden was born in Krugersdorp in 1985. He attended Pro Arte School of Art, Music, Drama and Ballet in Pretoria and matriculated at Cape College where he was awarded the certificate for best Art student of that year.
After matriculating he began his career as a fine artist by receiving training from his father, fine artist Douw van Heerden. He has also studied observational painting with fine artist Francois Roux.
He continually strives to develop his style and technique. With each painting he endeavors to establish himself as a traditional classical still-life, landscape and figure painter.
Gerbrand has a love for the dramatic work of neoclassicist painters such as Joseph Turner, Jean-Auguste Ingres, Theodore Gericault and Eugene Delacroix. He is also influenced by the still life painting of Edouard Manet, Paul Cezanne, William Heda, Henri Fantin-Latour and Jean-Simeon Chardin.
Gerbrand has two lines of work in which his technique differs: the direct observational Alla-Prima technique and the traditional studio painting technique. Both techniques rely on accurate observation and rendering of tone and form and the relationship between colour and light.