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Paintings by Adéle du Plessis

Adéle du Plessis is a contemporary South African painter and sculptor who lives in the Netherlands. Her work often focuses on seemingly small moments in life, which intertwine different social layers. In these small moments she reveals our world in flowing brush strokes.

Her paintings are beautifully textured and saturated moments of life that brings depth and colour to any space. Her exuberant paintings bring bold saturated life into any interior. Own an original painting by Adéle and experience the fearlessness and adventurous of her work in your life.

Paintings available by Adéle du Plessis

Paintings 2017-2019

Adéle has decided to focus on her sculpture and quilting. We have one painting available over of her ouevre. A piece made available from her private collection. "Aan die Voet van Notre Dame".

Adéle du Plessis

is exclusively represented by

Gallery Sorelle Sciarone.

Oil painting of Notre Dame by South African painter Adéle du Plessis

Oil painting of Notre Dame by South African painter Adéle du Plessis

The paintings by Adéle

Adéle du Plessis (1969) is a painter and sculptor, or wherever the creative process takes her. Found Cities 2017 is a good example of an intersection of her different creative talents. You can recognize a work by Adéle du Plessis by her use of broad brush strokes with a lot of texture. All her artwork is often colourful, the interplay between pastels and saturated primary colours. Her new exhibition: Drawn at Home is a great example of her use of pastels and Aan de voet van Notre Dame is a great example of her use of saturated colours and broad brush strokes. Adéle also has a theory that all great works of art have a sea-green colour somewhere in the painting. 


The paintings that Adéle make are special for several reasons. First of all, they are always visually stunning. Her work is easy to look at and she explores recognizable art history through your modern contemporary technique. She is inspired by the world she lives in, which is often in museums and studios. She is deeply absorbed in the art community. Each painting reflects the art technique or institution she was absorbed in when creating art. 


When she is not appropriating paintings into her signature style she is researching small details of life that are distilled pieces of a greater emotion or life. The style is also familiar to many and painted in the style of Expressionist and Impressionist from the 20th century. Museum Café Groningen 2017 combines her own life as an artist, an art lover, Art History, art institutions and the art community in one picture. She has a beautiful way of creating a meta-view of the world and art in small moments captured in the painting.



Adéle studied Art at the University of Pretoria in South Africa in the late 1980s. She never graduated, as she is a rebel at heart and has always taken the root of nonconformity. To have finished her degree would have been very off-brand for her. This did not stop her from continuing to paint. She has been making art for more than 30 years. She is known to paint anything from walls to tables, to body casts to floors. The painting process is always ongoing in her mind and her hands.

Art allows for small fragments of yourself that do not conjunct with society and it needs a voice, art gives it a language. Creating art settles mind and spirit.


Quoting Adéle, 'finally the unsaid is given a voice'. 


Adéle her website. 


For the full interview about her work click here.


Recent Art Exhibtions


Solo exhibition: "Drawn at Home". Curated by Art Historian Tascha Sciarone, online.


  • Solo exhibition: "Immigration Years: The Paintings", Online 
  • Group exhibition: Museum Rijswijk for the textile biennale, Rijswijk
  • Solo exhibition: "Cultural Release:" Gallery Sorelle Sciarone, online


  • Group Exhibtion, VAK, Delft


  • Group Exhibtion, VAK, Delft
  • NG Kerk, Schiedam

Art Collections

Adéle du Plessis has been collected by private art collectors in South Africa, The Netherlands, Australia Italy, Belgium and the U.K. Gallery Sorelle Sciarone is the exclusive dealer of art created by Adéle du Plessis.

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