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 and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  Since the early 1990’s Meyer has also concentrated on what he calls the narrative genre – enigmatic figures caught in emotional ambiguities – representing a new direction to his art.  More recently he has worked on several collections of narratives, set in historical settings.


1972    Pieter Wenning Gallery, Johannesburg

1974    International & South African Art exhibition, Everard Read Gallery

1976    Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg

1978    Stremmel Galleries, Reno, Nevada

1979    Group shows Montana & Nevada

1981    Krane Kalman Gallery, London

1982    Yaneff Gallery, Toronto

1983    In Retrospect, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg

1984    David Findlay, New York

1986    Landscape, Seascape, Cityscape 1960-1995, Contemporary Arts Centre,

New Orleans

1987    Schmidt Bingham Gallery, New York

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

1991    Schmidt Bingham Gallery, New York

Participation in Eiteljorg Museum Invitational – “New Art of the West”, Indiana

1992    Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg

1995    Collection for foyer of ExxonMobil headquarters, Irving, Texas

1996    Sappi Collection – Wilderness Landscapes of South Africa,

Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg

2001    Recent Paintings, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg

2003    Selected Works, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town

2004    Book launch “John Meyer” by Brett Hilton- Barber

2005    Book launch “Sequential Narratives”

2007    London Art Fair, Albemarle Gallery, London

2007    Distant Lives, Albemarle Gallery, London,

2008    Conduct and Expectations, neue Bilder, Brusberg Berlin, Berlin, Germany

2009    Museum Schloss Gottorf, Germany Involuntary Consequences,

Albemarle Gallery, London

Annual Artist Award, Museum Schloss Gottorf, Germany

Karoo Revisited, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg

2011    OK Harris Gallery, New York

2013    Book launch “A Retrospective”

My Country, The Collection, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town

2015    Lost in the Dust, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, Circa Johannesburg,

Bonhams London and Bonhams Edinburgh

2017    Mandela, A Life’s Journey, Circa Gallery, Johannesburg


Anglo American Corp., Johannesburg

ARA Services, Philadelphia

Barlow Rand, Johannesburg

Cargill Incorporated, Minneapolis

Certified Collated Corporation, Chicago

Deloitte, Haskins and Sells, New York

De Beers, Johannesburg

E F Hutton, New York

ExxonMobil, Dallas

Lehman Brothers, New York

Lloyds, London

Mass Financial, Boston

Mid-Atlantic Bank, New Jersey

Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, Cape Town

NYNEX, Westchester, New York

Pacific Bell, California

Porsche Cars North America

Sack Properties, San Francisco

Sanlam, Cape Town

Sasol, Johannesburg

Standard Bank, Johannesburg

State Mutual Assurance Co. America, Denver

Steinway & Sons, New York

US West, Denver



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)

A Retrospective (Minx & The Everard Read Gallery)

Lost in the Dust (Minx & The Everard Read Gallery)



John Meyer in Retrospect (Everard Read Gallery 1983)

John Meyer (Crane Kalman Gallery 1981)

Drawn From Nature (Stremmel Gallery 1990)

Eiteljorg Invitational 2 (Exhibition 1991)

John Meyer Recent Paintings (Everard Read Gallery 1991)

John Meyer Sequential Narratives (Everard Read Cape Town 2005)

Distant Lives, John Meyer (Albemarle Gallery 2007)

Truths Revealed, John Meyer (Everard Read 2007)

Conduct and Expectations (Brusberg Berlin, 2008)

Karoo Revisited, John Meyer (Everard Read 2009)

My Country, The Collection, John Meyer (Everard Read 2013)

Lost in the Dust (Circa Johannesburg 2015)