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 travelled 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
1981 - Crane Kalman Gallery, London
1982 - Yaneff Gallery, Toronto
1983 - Retrospective - Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg
1984 - David Findlay, New York
1995 - Contemporary Arts Centre, New Orleans and New York Academy of Art, New York
1987 - Schmidt Bingham Gallery, New York
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, Berlin
2009 – Involuntary Consequences, Albemarle Gallery, London
2009 – Museum Schloss Gottorf, Germany
2009 - Karoo Revisited, Everard Read, Johannesburg
2011 - O K Harris Gallery, New York


BOOKS Art & Artists of South Africa, Esme Berman (AA Balkema)
Painting in South Africa, Esme Berman (Southern Books)
Artspeak, Robert Atkins (Abbeyville Press, New York)
John Meyer, Brett Hilton-Barber (Prime Origins)
John Meyer Sequential Narratives, Brett Hilton-Barber (Prime Origins) CATALOGUES John Meyer in Retrospect (Everard Read Gallery 1983)
Drawn From Nature (Stremmel Gallery 1990)
Eiteljorg Invitational 2 (Exhibition 1991)
John Meyer Recent Paintings (Everard Read Gallery 1991)
John Meyer (Everard Read Gallery 1996)
John Meyer Sequential Narratives (Everard Read Cape Town 2005)
Distant Lives, John Meyer (Albemarle Gallery 2007)
Truths Revealed, John Meyer (Everard Read 2007)


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