"I create very spontaniously and carry on until the image has established itself. The things I feel passionate about, or that I find amusing, pour out of me and take me on a journey everytime I make a piece. It's like wandering into another world, yet I remain closely connected to my 'real' world."
South African artist, Liebet Jooste, spontaneously creates characters, plants and things within a wonderfully strange landscape. Through the juxtaposition of detail and simplicity, bright colours and monochrome, she brings to life a world where imaginations, both young and old, can wander freely. Liebet's passion for the ocean and the fauna & flora of South Africa, her love of gardening and keen observation of her pets, are what inspire her work.
Based in Pretoria, where she was born in 1983, Liebet obtained her BA Fine Arts degree from the University of Pretoria in 2006. The following year she was a finalist in the ABSA L'Atelier, in 2008 part of the International Triennale of Contemporary Art in Prague and in 2012 she was the illustrator on Karen Zoid's album, Zoid Afrika.
September 2015 brought great excitement when she self published her first colouring book, entitled The Colouring Book by Liebet which was then featured in The South African Artist magazine as well as the Weg! and the Go magazines. Liebetland: A Colouring Book will be Liebet's next publication. It's being published by Imagnary House and will be out in May 2017.