Corné Eksteen

Corné Eksteen

Artist Statement

My current body of work consists mainly of portraits.

Utilising a distinctive approach to this tradition, these works visually explore themes relating to the deconstruction and fragmentation of identity. Through a process of drawing on conventions of both, figurative and abstract painting, the works attempt to visually dissect and deconstruct the subject matter in the pursuit of an understanding of the dynamics and transient nature of the 21st century psyche.

They are intended to evoke discussion on the idea of personal identity as a series of disjointed concepts in a continuous state of flux.

Biography

My current process has several phases. With the conceptual undertone relating to the exploration of identity, works start off with several sessions with a sitter / sitters depending on the specific concept relating to the portrait.


Group Exhibitions:

2016
Invisible - KZNSA | Durban | South Africa
Show 3 - Loading Bay Gallery | Durban | South Africa
Beneath the skin - State of the Art Gallery | Cape Town | South Africa
Show 5 - Loading Bay Gallery | Durban | South Africa

2015
Inspirations VI: Durban Yesterday, Now and Tomorrow - artSPACE durban | Durban | South Africa | July 2015
artSPACE Durban Artists Choice Awards 2015 - artSPACE durban | Durban | South Africa | June 2015
Transformation, Incubation, Activation - KZNSA | Durban | South Africa | January / February 2015

2014
Transmutation - Karoo 1 Gallery | De Doorns | South Africa | October / November 2014
artSPACE Durban Artists’ Choice Awards 2014 - artSPACE durban | Durban | South Africa | July 2014
Grassroots - KZNSA | Durban | South Africa | January 2014

2013
Rebirth - Living Life Shed | Ladybrand | South Africa | October 2013

2011
Contemporary Free State - Johanness Stegmann Gallery | Bloemfontein | South Africa | June 2011

2010
Modern Free State - Johanness Stegmann Gallery | Bloemfontein | South Africa | June 2010

2008
Art from the Eastern Free State - The Cabin | Clocolan | South Africa | July 2008
Running Exhibition - Mocca Chino's | Ladybrand | South Africa
Art of Africa - Temporary Pop-Up Gallery | Maseru | Lesotho | September 2008
Naive - Uber arte | Berlin | Germany | February 2008

2004
Seascapes - Gallery on the bay | Gordon's Bay | South Africa | November 2004

2003
Vespertine - Pop-up Gallery | Ladybrand | South Africa | April 2003
Travelog - Gallery on the bay | Gordon's Bay | South Africa | August 2003
Travelog - CoJo's | Muizenberg | South Africa | November 2003

2002
Group 9 - Art Bizarre | Somerset-West | South Africa | December 2002

2001
Washed - Basotho Hat | Maseru | Lesotho | April 2001

2000
ABSA L’ Atelier 2000 - (Provincial Finalist) Johannes Stegmann Gallery | Bloemfontein | South Africa | March 2000
Versus - The Basotho Hat | Maseru | Lesotho | October 2000

1999
ABSA L’ Atelier 1999 - (Provincial Finalist) Pretoria Art Association | Pretoria | South Africa | March 1999
ABSA L’ Atelier 1999 - (National Finalist) African Window Museum | Pretoria | South Africa | August 1999

1998
Volkskas Atelier - (Provincial Finalist) Johannes Stegmann Gallery | Bloemfontein | South Africa | March 1998
Volkskas Atelier - (National Finalist) Pietersburg Art Museum | Pietersburg | South Africa | August 1998
Spiritualized - Ladybrand Library Hall | Ladybrand | South Africa | December 1998

1997
Volkskas Atelier - (Provincial Finalist) Johannes Stegmann Gallery | Bloemfontein | South Africa | March 1997
Bowie Outside - Precinct Gallery | Johannesburg | South Africa | August 1997

1996
New South African Art - South African High Commission | Maseru | Lesotho | September 1996

Solo Exhibitions:

2016
Assimilation - artSPACE durban | Durban | South Africa | September 2016
2015
Disintegration - artSPACE durban | Durban | South Africa | September 2015

2009
Inferno - Temporary gallery in warehouse | Bloemfontein | South Africa | May 2009

2007
Skin - Temporary gallery in warehouse | Woodstock | South Africa | October 2007