Dave Voorvelt,
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Dave Voorvelt

last updated on 25-Oct-2017

Dave P. Voorvelt (1947ยท2016) was born in Kenya and lived most of his life in Africa: in Kenya, South Africa, Malawi and in Tanzania. Dave was the Senior Artist at the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB), when it was still the JLB Smith Institute of Ichthyology, from March 1983 to November 1996. Besides the many, many illustrations for scientific publications that Dave did, the Institute also benefited from Dave's extensive talents including exhibits, displays, events, artworks and sculptures, logos, cartoons, caricatures. He illustrated numerous publications by scientists working at the J.L.B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology in South Africa and is perhaps best known for his illustrations in Paul Skelton's book "Freshwater Fishes of Southern Africa". In the late nineties, he joined Drs. Tony Ribbink and Jos Snoeks during a three-year project on Lake Malawi and has made hundreds of drawings and color notes during that time. Dave is well-known among scientists for his meticulous attention to detail and it is therefore a privilege to be able to offer original artwork by this outstanding illustrator.

After leaving the Institute in 1996, Dave and his wife Kathy moved to Malawi, where Dave joined the World Bank supervised Lake Malawi/Nyasa SADC/GEF Biodiversity Conservation Project. When the project ended in 1999, they moved to the Netherlands where Dave got to know the land of his ancestors and where he could immerse himself in the art world.