Wiehan de Jager is a contemporary artist, visual communication designer, illustrator, and lecturer working from his home-based studio in Riebeek Kasteel, South Africa. He grew up in Witbank, Mpumalanga, where he completed his secondary education, and moved to Pretoria to study Visual Communication Design, pursuing his interest in design and illustration. Wiehan then moved to Cape Town, and came upon one of the oldest towns in South Africa on an adventure just outside of the city, where he now resides with his family.
From an early age, Wiehan fell in love with nature through family vacations. As a young adult, he continued to explore Southern Africa and discovered the Kgalagadi, the Richtersveld and the Cederberg to be his favourite places. These arid and tactile landscapes are continuous sources of inspiration in his work. He finds these places to be inimitable, spiritual, and complex in their unpretentiousness.
Through his work, Wiehan explores the processes of mark making, experimenting with the juxtaposition of various media such as: collage, printmaking techniques, drawing and painting. The versatility of paper, and the possibilities one can have when working with a combination of various types of paper, mediums and techniques are revealed and celebrated.
Wiehan’s work focuses mostly on themes such as: the abstract interpretation of texture and forms in landscapes, the interaction between nature, man-made objects and environments and the diarising of divine significance. The expressions are layered, structured, emotive and abstract, as if captured in motion. His work is sensitive, controlled and detailed, yet balanced out with bold, organic and graphic moments.
Wiehan holds an Honours Degree in Visual Communication from the Open Window Institute. He has participated in various group exhibitions in South Africa.