Liebet Jooste is a contemporary South African artist living and working in an old workers' cottage on a Strandveld plain outside the West Coast fishing village of Paternoster. Inspired by the natural environment surrounding her, Jooste interprets her experiences of it through intricate, semi abstract painted and illustrated works.
Born in Pretoria in 1983, Jooste grew up there and in 2006 obtained a BA Fine Arts degree from the University of Pretoria, specializing in expressive self-portraiture painting. The following year she was a finalist in the Absa L'Atelier Award and in 2008 part of the International Triennale of Contemporary Art in Prague. Illustration was added to her practice when Jooste launched her designer brand, Things by Liebet in 2009. In 2011 she began exhibiting very detailed, quirky works on paper with a deeply personal narrative, which lead to her illustrating the cover artworks for Karen Zoid's 2012 album, Zoid Afrika. In 2015 Jooste self published her debut colouring book, The Colouring Book by Liebet and in 2017 Imagnary House published her second one, Liebetland: A Colouring Book.
Jooste moved to Betty's Bay in the Overberg region of the Western Cape at the end of 2017. This long awaited life by the sea had a significant influence on her work. Living right on the beach meant shore life became the dominant theme as she began creating works that reflected her experience of this bio diverse coastal environment. After a year she moved up the coast to the West Coast Peninsula, which meant the vegetation changed from Fynbos to Strandveld.
Situated slightly inland, Jooste now works in a rustic home studio surrounded by vast open veld and the ever-changing elements. Yet, the ocean remains a constant theme in her work. The sounds of the tides in the distance, the regular sight of mist over Paternoster and the accompanying foghorn of Cape Columbine keeps her imagination connected to the wildly poetic, marine world that awaits her creative explorations.