Jacques van der Merwe exhibited recently in several exhibitions:

The New Arrivals Exhibition ran at Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery in April and May 2016.  Included in the exhibition were sitters – people who are immigrants or refugees, and living in the Darling Downs.  The New Arrivals is an ongoing artwork about immigrants and refugees into Australia.
In February 2016, the Boring Drawings was exhibited at Larkin Art Gallery.  The Boring Drawings are drawings from the area where the artist lives.
Jacques participated at the Wyaralong Symposium in Queensland from 26 September – 11 October 2015. The result is a public sculpture next to the Wyaralong dam, in the Scenic Rim, Queensland.
Selfportrait (Time I) was a finalist of the Lismore Art Price in 2015.  This artwork was part of the 20/20 exhibition of Logan Art Gallery of their 20 year anniversary.




Jacques van der Merwe works in a variety of mediums.  

The preferred artform of Jacques is sculpting.  Van der Merwe specialises in the relationship between man/animals & physical conditioning.

Portrait of Time:    

I was approached by Logan art Gallery to participate in the Vision 2020 group show. On the invitation I was handed a 20x20cm Montmartre stretched canvas. On receiving this canvas, I immediately dismantled the canvas into various parts, ending up with the wooden stretched frame, canvas and staplers as different mediums.

Upon this discovery I decided to laminate the wooden stretch frame together with wood glue and then I carved a self-portrait out of the wooden frame. On the left shoulder I placed a dingo skull, which I carved out of laminated canvas.  I bandaged the sculpture’s head with leftover canvas. Some of the staplers were later inserted back into the timber. The sound of the metronome becomes clearer the closer you come to the sculpture. The sound of the metronome comes from a mobile phone that is connected to a speaker that is inside the sculpture. The sculpture hangs from the mobile phone cable, either from the ceiling or a platform that is mounted high on the wall. I will provide an installation manual with the sculpture. The piece is essentially about time, transformation, healing and adaption.