About

Adriaan van Heerden is an award-winning international fine art photographer. His subjects include wildlife, landscapes, cityscapes, travel and portraits.

Adriaan’s work has been exhibited in London, Barcelona, Kyoto and Singapore, and his pictures are held in private and corporate collections in the UK, the USA and South Africa. His photographs have appeared in numerous international newspapers and magazines.

In 2015 he won first prize in the photography category of the ArtGemini International Art Competition and in 2017 he won the 6th Edition of the Premio O.R.A. Award to collaborate with the 3)5 Arte Contemporanea Gallery in Rieti, Italy.

For a full list of prizes and publications please see Adriaan’s CV (PDF document).

Adriaan is currently represented by ARGENTA Fine Art and the Gabriel Fine Art Gallery in London.

Artist Statement:

It is in poetry that the Universe reveals itself to us at its most mysterious and beautiful. Living as we do in data-saturated societies with impossible standards of perfection, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that it is the absence of information that creates space for the imagination to play, and that the beauty of things is often revealed in their brokenness, fragility and imperfection. It is this fragility that most resonates with the heart’s knowledge that at some level life is pain and — through love, beauty and humour — reconciles us to our tragic state.

My artistic mission is to capture this poetic vision in the two dimensions of photographs. I believe that poetry is all around us and we only need to “tune in” to the right “frequency” to appreciate the ephemeral, immense beauty of the Universe.

Four Giraffes, Cape Town, South Africa
Boat Hut, Dungeness
Before the Storm, Bamburgh Beach, Northumberland