“Born with an instinctive sense for beauty, Cher combines her natural flare for design with carefully chosen classic subject. Her articulate brushstroke & excellent use of colour – only ever a combination of primary colours (red, blue & yellow) with fundamental black & white… The motion & depth that she achieves is remarkable.
Cher’s paintings are complete. Often a poem comes to mind while she works, which is charcoaled onto the back of the canvas. With thoughts loosely written with the brush flipped over, across the painting…only some can decipher… and then the final “flick-a-compli” of colour, bringing final balance and a delightful celebration to each work” – International Art Buyer/Collector, J. Sykes
‘Owners of Cher’s work say they love the energy, vibrancy and the explosion of life that her paintings communicate.” – Fair Lady Magazine, South Africa
“One’s art goes as far and as deep as one’s love goes, and there is no other reason for painting but that.”
– A. Wyeth
SEPTEMBER 2014 ‘Printemps’ – Gallery 360
This Spring Collection captures the fresh language of flowers, bubbles, technique & movement..…Spring is the time of rebirth & inspiration – let’s begin.
“As a South African native happily transplanted in Perth, Australia, I have always had a real appreciation for the beginning of Spring. I love the sweet smell in the air, the sounds of the birds, and the hints of warm summer to come. It is indeed a time of rebirth & new beginnings. I hope there is at least one painting here tonight that will bring inspiration to you this Spring.”
April 2014 VASSE ART AWARDS The Vasse Art Award, the biggest art exhibition in the South West, is now in its tenth year showcasing a diverse collection including paintings, photography, sculptures, textiles, and 3D installations. All the money raised from this exhibition benefits the students at Vasse Independent Primary School by purchasing much needed equipment to enhance the educational opportunities for over 600 pupils. Bussleton
December 2013 Artexpo Miami Cher has been invited to participate in this years in Spectrum Miami (formerly Artexpo Miami), which will run from 4 to 8 December 2013 in Miami during the Art Basel. This is going to be one of the most interesting shows in the whole Art Miami event this year.
JULY 2013 WINTER SALON EXHIBITION. An exhibition featuring work from over 22 local artists, both established and emerging, hung in the European salon Style. The Long Gallery, 121 Hay Street, Subiaco, Perth
June 2013 LONDON PARALLAX ART FAIR seventh edition of Parallax ‘Art’ Fair, which takes place at the magnificent Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, Chelsea, London, on Friday 31st May & 1-2 June www.barlowfinedrawings.com/parallaxaf.html
April 2013 Volume VII of “International Contemporary Masters Cher will be published in the latest World Wide Art Book, established in 1997 and has to date published and represented over 8,000 artists from all over the world.
August 2012 Celebrate Women & Creativity. Glyde Street, PerthThree artistic women. Three creative passions. One way to change a life. Fashion designer Fenella Peacock, artist Cher Van Shouwen + Trader of Beautiful Things Elaine MacLeod of Behind the Monkey invite you to a celebration of women, creativity and empowerment.
December 2011 Group Exhibition in Sydney. Gallery 41, 41 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo
November 2011 Solo Exhibition ‘SPONTANEOUS BY NATURE’ at the magnificent Clouds Estate, Helshoogte Pass, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
November 2011 Cher will donate a painting and attend the ‘Amy Biehl Gold of Africa Annual Gala’ in Cape Town, South Africa. Helping the foundation in its mission to ‘Weave a Barrier Against Violence’.
October 2011 Cher accepted the invitation to exhibit as the Feature Artist at the St Mark’s Anglican Community School Art Exhibition, Hilary’s Perth.
September 2011 Cher presented a brand new collection in Sydney. Details to follow www.cherartist.com
July 2011 will be joining upcoming artists in WA, in their annual ‘WA Visual Art Expo’, alongside new friend and fellow artist, Leanne Pearson.
May 2011 Exhibition opening with Sebastian Alexander – ‘Winter Collection’ – Jolimont, Perth
April 2011 Exhibition with International Glass Artist Philomena Designs ‘LIVE.LAUGH.LOVE’ at Houghton’s Winery & Gallery, Perth.
February 2011 Cher donated a painting which was auctioned in aid of Damien Mander an Australian with an amazing team for the International Anti-Poaching Foundation in Zimbabwe.
August 2010 Invited to exhibit at the launch of La Vie Interiors, Studio & Showroom, Applecross, Perth.
June 2010 Two of Cher’s paintings are chosen to be on exhibition in Texas, USA.
November 2009 to January 2010 Solo Exhibition “Art with Vision – Hope, Light, Love” at the magnificent Oceana Reserve, South Africa, Raising funds for local charity Ithemba Trust, which exists to inspire, renew & release hope in children’s lives within the context of a truly life-giving community experience.
2009 Cher donated a painting towards the Soccer World Cup held in South Africa, and raised over R150 000.- for overall development of schools in South Africa.
2008 Cher and family move permanently to Perth, Australia.
January 2006 to January 2008 Cher put her PR skills to good use, and was invited to organise & curate the exhibition ‘Blue Dream’. Opening Gala Exhibitions at four of South Africa’s most prominent Galleries for International Belgian Artist Juan Kiti.
August 2005 Exhibition “Eastern Cape Artists Exhibit’ at The Square Gallery, Port Alfred, South Africa.
Article in Style Magazine to follow
June 2005 Solo exhibition ‘Solo’ at Redditz during the Annual Grahamstown Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa.
July 2004 Cher was interviewed and appeared on ‘Arts & Entertainment’ on TV magazine show Top Billing
June 2004 Exhibition ‘Life’ with Patrice Moretti at the Grahamstown Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa.
2004 International Viewing in Australia, Perth
2004 ‘A Summer Exhibition’ with artists Tori Stowe, Rodger Gailey, Patrice Moretti and Zach Taljaard. Halyards Hotel, Port Alfred, South Africa
2003 Exhibition with Greg Schultz ‘Celocanth Opening’, East London, South Africa.
2003 Cher included in the prestigious BRETT KEBBLE AWARDS, Cape Town, South Africa
2003 Exhibition ‘Celebrating Woman’, Woman’s Day, Butlers, Port Alfred, South Africa
Cher was nominated FAIR LADY’S ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2002
2002 Art Exhibition in Greensboro, Vermont, USA
September 2002 Cher invited to exhibit at the prestigious Nederburg Wine & Art Auction, Paarl, South Africa
2002 Peacanwood Golf Course presents an exhibition ‘Cher’, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2002 Exhibition at ‘Gallery #10’, Hermanus, South Africa
2001 Exhibition ‘Village Art’, Stanford, South Africa
2001 Exhibition ‘Enjoy the Experience’ , Lloyd’s of London, United Kingdom.
2000 Cher was invited to the UK to exhibit in a solo exhibition for company Hestia Volos in Wimbledon, United Kingdom.
2000 Exhibition at The Cape Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
2000 Exhibition at The Tug Gallery, Windhoek, Namibia.
2000 Exhibition “A Festival of Art’, Stanford, South Africa.
2000 Exhibition with Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
2000 Exhibition ‘An Evening of Art’, Tulbugh, South Africa.
2000 Exhibition ‘Touched on Skin’ with Hugo Marais, Hermanus, South Africa.
1999 Exhibition at The Fisherman’s Gallery, Hermanus, South Africa.
1993 Exhibition “South African Art’, Hong Kong.
1993 Graduation Exhibition ‘PJ Olivier School of Art presents’, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Studied for three years under International Artist Vernon Swart
2013 ILLUSTRATE FRONT COVER FOR BOOK, ‘Big Red’ by Dr R Liddell
2013 Family portrait, Willemse Family, Adelaide Australia
2013 Family portrait, Evans Family, Perth Australia
2012 Country Living, Perth Australia
2012 Marilyn, Private, Perth, Australia
2011 Procida Italy, Dean & Emma Healy, Perth
2011 Baba Gumede, portrait, Three Tree Tops, Spieonkop, SA
2011 Tuscan Bicycle, Egerton-Vernon, UK
2011 Flower Delivery, Johannesburg, South Africa
2011 Africa, Private, Perth, Australia
2011 Our Men of Honour, Private, Perth, Australia
2010 Floral, Private, Perth, Australia.
2010 Morrison Children, Sue Mellor, Durban, South Africa.