(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