About Guy

Guy was born on 22nd June 1961 in Knysna, South Africa. He was educated at Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town where he received a Diploma in Graphic Design in 1986.

After finishing university, Guy was a graphic designer for two years in Johannesburg before working in the Timbivati as a ranger at Ngala Game lodge, Mpumalanga.
He and his wife returned to Knysna in 1990 to help run a family farm, Buffalo Valley Bush Lodges.
He was Oakhill School’s founder art teacher (1992 – 1997)
Since then he has been involved in local conservation ventures and now practices his art full time.

Guy is married to Jo-Ann, and they have two sons, Leo and David.

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions


2022 ‘Watermeide’ – Knysna Fine Art
2019 October. ‘Lament ( for the last Knysna elephant )’ – Knysna fine Art.
2017 ‘Bridges’ – National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
2015 ‘Last Writes’ – National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
2013 ‘Breathe” – Knysna Fine Art
2013 ‘Contact’ – National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
2012 ‘Family Seeds’ – A virtual exhibition
2011 ‘Artefact’ – Knysna Fine Art
2010 ‘Considering Therianthropes’ – Origins Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), Johannesburg
2009 ‘Considering Therianthropes’ – Knysna Fine Art

Group Exhibitions


2021 – ‘equinoctial allure’ – online SA fine Art print fair
2021 – ‘persistence of vision’ – Knysna Fine Art
2021 – ‘Alchemy of art’ – Plett
2021 – ‘3D in 22’ – Everard Read , Johannesburg
2021 – ‘In conversation with Colour Symphony.’ Jan Rupert Art Centre Graaff-Reinet
2021 – ‘Perculiar’ – Cape Palette. George
2021 – ‘Emergence’ – Old Gaol. Knysna
2019 – ‘Synchronos’ – Knysna Fine Art
2018 – Artvark Galley, 20th anniversary show – Cape Town
2018 – Alchemy – Plett
2018 – Meade 101 – George
2018 – Artist of the month – Old Nick, Plett
2018 -‘Blushful hippocrene’ -Knysna Fine Art
2017 – Knysna Fine Art 20th anniversary show

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In the years that I have known Guy Thesen, both as friend and dealer, I have realised that he combines the probing curiosity of the scientist with the refined aesthetic of an artist. He is always concerned with the “what if?” questions and the deep structure of our surroundings. His unassuming and diffident manner masks a profound knowledge of, amongst other things, the processes of the natural environment, of palaeontology, of Khoi-San shamans and of our remote past. His pieces are good, finely crafted and intellectually sound – a rare combination indeed.
Trent Read – Art dealer, gallery owner and director of KNYSNA FINE ART