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ARCHIE VAN DER PLOEG

1939 – Bloemfontein, South Africa
2002 – Windhoek

Moved to Namibia in 1980

Worked in oil, watercolor, mixed media and pencil; subject matter:
desert landscapes

Profile:

Archie grew up in Windhoek and Swakopmund. He later moved to Johannesburg,
South Africa. He was educated at the Roosveldt High School and later attended the Johannesburg Technical Art Collage.
He started painting at an early age and was inspired by SA landscape artist Tinus de Jong. Archie worked in oil, acryl and
watercolour. His subject matter was landscape. His style was Romantic Realism.

Archie was also a gifted, self-taught guitar player and spent about 20 years of his artistic career as professional musician in the music
industry of South Africa. He had his own band and club in Johannesburg.

He moved back to Namibia in 1980 and opened “Reflections Artist’s Gallery” in 1987 with his wife Isabel and fellow artists Eileen Johnson
and Koos van Elllinckhuizen.

One of his oil paintings “A Secret Place” was donated by the Government of Namibia to Queen Elizabeth II of the UK and the
Duke of Edinburgh during their visit to Namibia in 1991.

Archie was the founder of the “Klippenberg Art Festival” in Karibib, in benefit of the blind and deaf and to teach less fortunate young
people in various art forms.

Solo – Exhibitions:

Participated in a travelling exhibition of Namibian art in Rome, Italy and other European Centre’s in 1992

1999 Artelier Kendzia, Windhoek

2009 Fine Art Gallery, Swakopmund

Public Collections:

Namibia National Art Gallery of Namibia
International United Nations Permanent Collection, Australia;
Royal Collection, UK

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