Keith Joubert





(1948 – 2013)


 Keith Joubert was born in 1948 in Germiston, east of Johannesburg, South Africa.

He studied at the Johannesburg School of Art from 1963 to 1967 after which he worked commercially for some years. Since 1970 Keith Joubert, painted African wildlife and the environment. He travelled frequently throughout Southern Africa, but spent most of his time in the Okavango Swamps, Botswana, where he had a houseboat and a studio camp at Linyanti in the northern part. 

Keith Joubert's seemingly effortless renditions of Africa with their contemporary vision, impeccable draftsmanship and tonality gain rapidly increasing acknowledgment internationally. His works play on the subtle inter-relationships between different facets in the ecosystem where the diminutive and seemingly innocuous creatures are as essential as the larger animals that evolved within Africa. Joubert also developed a deep fascination with indigenous human cultures which have successfully co-existed with their natural environment for generations. 

Keith Joubert lived and painted on the banks of the Linyanti Swamp in Northern Botswana. His studio, like his bedroom, was a tent during winter and a simple tarpaulin during the hot summer months. He also owned a large farm near the northern part of Kruger Park where he was visited by elephants and other teaming game at his open bush studio. 

He was a large man with a long beard, strong from a life in the bush where he walked kilometres every day. His closeness with the creatures that inhabit his world stemmed from hours in their company. Often I saw him sitting on his haunches, idly spending the time with a nearby herd of elephants, zebras and the like. 

Joubert was one of Africa's most successful contemporary artists. His work hangs in many corporate and private collections worldwide. Success, though, did not complicate his, life and he retained a marvellously carefree and simple existence. Success can bring material gain, but with it often comes unnecessary responsibilities. Joubert emphatically believed in owning as few objects as possible - a good four-wheel drive vehicle as he was a restless man, a tent and a camp bed. Of course he was an artist, so the tools of his trade infested his camp - the finest Belgian flax leant against Marula trees awaiting a layer of paint which sits incongruously in boxes under the tent flap. 

- Mark Read


2010                      Everard Read Johannesburg "Predator"

2009                       Knysna Fine Art, Knysna, South Africa

2009                       Tryon Gallery, London, England

2007                       Everard Read Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa

2006                       Everard Read Johannesburg, South Africa

2005                       Art London with Tryon Gallery, London, England

2004                       Tryon Gallery London, England

2002                       Stremmel Gallery, Reno, USA

2001                       Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2000                       Tryon Gallery, London, England

1999                       Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1998                       Tyron Gallery, London, England

1994                       Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1993                       South African Embassy, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

1992                       Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

                                Sappi and WWF Birds of Waterways of South Africa Portfolio

                                Exhibition and Print Promotion, toured South Africa and London, England

1990                       Musee De La Chasse, Paris, France

1987                       Read Stremmel Gallery, San Antonio, Texas, USA

1985                       Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1982                       SA Association of Art, Johannesburg, South Africa

1981                       SA Association of Arts (touring Europe)

1979                       Harrods, London, England