Sunette Holmes Louw
Sunette was raised surrounded by the rich diversity of her birth country, South Africa. She is drawn to the symbolic visual dynamics of diversity and the meaning that can be found within that polarity and harmony. Most of Sunette’s work start with drawing of hands, that are filled with so much complex meaning and strength. Other symbolism used in her work is to express her love for Africa, the joys and struggles universal to all human kind.
Using her dynamic drawings as foundation, Sunette has developed a unique and bold approach to silkscreening during her years at University. Creating techniques to produce large expressive silkscreen prints, this opened doors not only to exhibit but also to teach. Sunette had opportunity to teach students at the University of Pretoria where she graduated with Bachelors in Fine arts (1994) and an Educational diploma (1995). After graduating she invested in another 4 years of post graduate studies. Because of her years spent in the world of Academics, and for the joy of teaching, she had many opportunities to teach printmaking and drawing techniques to students of all ages. Sunette has had her work exhibited at exhibitions in South Africa and Canada.
After getting married Sunette had the great privilege to travel and experience different cultures. She lived in England and Saudi Arabia for long periods of time. In 2000 she and her husband moved their family to Canada and are extremely grateful to be settled in the beautiful Okanagan Valley with their 3 children. Through moving around and the demand of life, Sunette has developed different technical approaches to her work. Silkscreening remains a crucial part of her art language but now she also creates work using oils, pastels, resin and other mixed media.