Pierre Carl Vermeulen



About

Pierre Vermeulen was born in 1992 in Stellenbosch, and currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. He obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2015 and Masters in Visual Arts in 2021 from the University of Stellenbosch.

In 2023, Vermeulen presented Formats for Transition, a solo exhibition with Reservoir Projects in Cape Town, and participated in the presentations of WHATIFTHEWORLD gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, at Artissima, Art Cologne, Art Abu Dhabi, miart and with Prometeo Gallery at miart, Milan. Vermeulen also took part in the group exhibition: Of their time (7), A look at private collections at the museum Frac Grand Large, Dunkerque, France.

Pierre Vermeulen’s practice is rooted in the embodied rituals of meditation. His works are characterised by his use of imitation gold leaf on Belgian linen and sweat for its corrosive relationship – using orchids woven from human hair, Vermeulen has developed a technique to create oxidised imprints on the surface of the gold leaf. The unconventional materials used by Vermeulen challenges the boundaries between painting, installation and alchemy, inviting us to reconsider our relationship with these mediums.

Vermeulen has presented various solo exhibitions in Cape Town, including: Thoughts Think Themselves (2021), a solo exhibition as part of his Masters presentation, an Artist Room (2020), Of Itself (2018) in Johannesburg, and Pierre Vermeulen (2017).

Selected group exhibitions include Matereality, a group exhibition at Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, and A Show of Solidarity at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, in support of the South African Solidarity Fund during a nationwide enforced lockdown, both in 2020; Forward! Forward? Forward…, at the Stellenbosch University Museum in Stellenbosch (2019); Folly at SMITH in Cape Town (2017); and Restore at the Gallery University Stellenbosch (GUS), Stellenbosch (2016).

In 2018, Vermeulen presented a solo booth at Artissima in Turin, Italy and his works have been included in various group presentations including Contemporary Istanbul. Pierre Vermeulen’s work was recently selected for the prestigious Pinakothek der Moderne PIN. Benefit Auction. 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2024 Upcoming solo exhibition, WHATIFTHEWORLD X Krone, Twee Jonge Gezellen, Tulbagh
2023 Formats for Transition, Reservoir Projects, Cape Town
2021 Thoughts think themselves, Masters Exhibition, SMAC Stellenbosch
2020 Artist Room, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town
2018 Artissima (SMAC Gallery), Oval Lingoto Fiere, Turin, Italy
Of Itself, SMAC Gallery, Johannesburg
2017 Pierre Vermeulen, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town
Sweat Prints, Association for Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery, Cape Town

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023 Of their time (7), A look at private collections at Frac Grand Large, Dunkerque, France
Oh So Quiet - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
Of their time (7), A look at private collections. Frac Grand Large - Hauts-de-France, 503 av. des Bancs de Flandres, 59140 Dunkerque / France
miart (WHATIFTHEWORLD), Fiera Milano City, Milan, Italy
miart (Prometeo), Fiera Milano City, Milan, Italy
2022 Artissima (SMAC Gallery), Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Turin, Italy
FNB Art Joburg (SMAC Gallery), Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa
Kindred, Boschendal Norval Art Gallery, Franschhoek, South Africa
MiArt (SMAC Gallery), Fiera Milano City, Milan, Italy
Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town International Convention 
Centre (CTICC), Cape Town, South Africa
Matereality, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South 
Africa. A Show of Solidarity, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, South 
Africa
Investec Cape Town Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), Cape Town 
International Convention Centre (CTICC), Cape Town, South Africa
2021 Weekend Special, Cape Town Art Weekend, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Opening Exhibition, FNB Art Joburg, SMAC Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
 Investec Cape Town Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), Digital Event
2020 FNB Art Joburg (SMAC Gallery), Digital Edition
Artissima (SMAC Gallery), Digital Edition
2019 That Was Then, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Artissima (SMAC Gallery), Oval Lingotto Fiere, Turin, Italy
FNB Art Joburg (SMAC Gallery), Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa
Art Brussels (SMAC Gallery), Tour & Taxis, Brussels, Belgium
Investec Cape Town Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), Cape Town International 
Convention Centre (CTICC), Cape Town, South Africa
2018 Forward? Forward! Forward..., Stellenbosch University Museum, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Wish You Were Here, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
FNB Joburg Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), Sandton Convention Centre, 
Johannesburg, South Africa
Investec Cape Town Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), Cape Town 
International Convention Centre (CTICC), Cape Town, South Africa
2017 Cape Town Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Cape Town, South Africa
Folly, SMITH Studio, Cape Town, South Africa
Contemporary Istanbul 12th Edition (SMAC Gallery), Cultural Arena, 
Istanbul, Turkey
X: Part III, Smac Gallery, Stellenbosch, South 
Africa
2016 Restore, Gus Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Sasol New Signatures, Finalist Exhibition, Pretoria Arts Museum, Pretoria, South Africa
2015 Portretteer/Portrait, Oude Libertas Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa
2013 Pentimenti, Sasol Art Museum, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Art Fairs

Cape Town Art Fair 2024
Art Brussels 2024
Miart 2024
Abu Dhabi Art Fair
Art Cologne 2023
Artissima 2023
NOMAD Capri 2023
Miart 2023