John Meyer

Born: 1942, Bloemfontein, South Africa

John Meyer is one of South Africa’s leading contemporary realists. Born 1942, Meyer has put his indelible stamp on the genres of landscape, portraiture and narrative art. Meyer became a professional painter in 1972. Since then he has traveled extensively, painting landscapes from Nevada to Norway. He has exhibited consistently in the United States, Europe and South Africa, developing an international profile that few South African artists have achieved. Over the years he has become a court painter to the rich and powerful, and his subjects range from Nobel Peace Prize winners Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk, to renowned concert pianist Vladimir Horowitz. Since the early 1990’s Meyer has concentrated almost exclusively on what he calls the narrative genre – enigmatic figures caught in emotional ambiguities – representing a new direction to his art.


1975 – Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg

1978 – Stremmel Galleries, Reno, Nevada

1981 – Crane Kalman Gallery, London

1982 – Yaneff Gallery, Toronto

1983 – Retrospective – Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg

1995 – Contemporary Arts Centre, New Orleans and New York Academy of Art

1987 – Schmidt Bingham Gallery, New York

1988 – Face of the Land – Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, Pennsylvania

1991 – Schmidt Bingham Gallery, New York

1996 – Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg

2005 – Sequential Narratives – Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town

2007 – London Art Fair, Albemarle Gallery, London

2007 – Distant Lives, Albemarle Gallery, London, in association with Alan Kluckow Fine Art

2007 – Truths Revealed, Everard Read, Johannesburg & Cape Town

2008 – Conduct and Expectations, Brusberg, Berlin

2009 – Involuntary Consequences, Albemarle Gallery, L

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