• 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
    • Interview
      • Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?
        Alexis Preller (6 September 1911 – 13 December 1975) Although largely overlooked by his own generation and the art establishment of his time, Preller’s work has always resonated with me. Not for reasons one might expect though, contrary to popular classification of Preller’s work, in my mind Preller was the first to create an afro-centric POP tradition. His images could easily be stills from pop videos flashing across our screens on MTV. His ability to transform traditional African and ancient Greek imagery into sharp contemporary works like his Kouros series, is the element of his work I find most thrilling.

        Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
        Francis Bacon (Tate Britain 11 September 2008 to 4 January 2009)
        I always credit Francis Bacon as the artist who played the biggest role in my career choice. It was as a teenager growing up in a small isolated Free State town that I discovered a book on Bacon at the local library. It was love at first sight. Within months from taking that book home, I had decided that an artist I shall be. Bacon became larger than life in my world and his influence still echoes in my work everytime a bright cadmium orange ends up somewhere on a canvas. This exhibition affirmed everything I knew and loved about Bacon, but also elevated him to godlike genius in my mind. To this day I’m spellbound!

        Where do you get your inspiration for your work?
        Saying that I find inspiration everywhere is a bit contrived, but this really is the case. I’m an obsessive observer and images constantly jump out at me and slap me in the face. Specifically people, faces and colours. I’m that weirdo that will rush up to you in the street asking if I can draw or paint you – so be kind! I always have a camera on hand and it’s used more for documentation than selfies. Even watching TV with me is tedious as I will often pause the broadcast to take screen captures.

        Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about?
        I’ve learned over the years what it takes to trigger myself and open up what I call “the zone” This in short requires of me to take complete control of my environment. The right mood, music, smells and light.  So early mornings in the studio consist of coffee, incense burning, adjustment of studio lights, mixing colours and general prepping but once the headphones go on it’s just me and the canvas for the next 8 to 15 hours.

        What do you like most about being an artist?

        I think all artists are incredibly selfish people – we create in isolation, have conversations with different mediums and different genres through a process of research and practice. But most people outside our inner circles rarely get to witness or get involved in this creative conversation. The true beauty of being artist is when your work goes out into the world and starts conversations with people that you, the artist, will probably never meet.

        How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block?
        I keep working – inspiration and solutions normally reveal themselves while you’re actively working. Nothing is achieved by walking away from a canvas.

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
        I don’t chase awards and recognition, so my sense of achievement tends to be rooted in seeing how I’m growing as an artist. In coming up with new ways to paint and create which is challenging to me.

        Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how?
        This is something I often confront myself with. It depends on what people take from my work which is my only real tool in affecting change in the world or touching people’s lives. One must never underestimate the power of art to affect opinions, but at this point my work is more a reflection on the world than a call to change. My aim is to rather hold up a “mirror” to society as opposed to dictating to it what it should be or what it’s doing wrong.

        What are your plans for the coming year?
        I’m very excited about the upcoming year with several group exhibitions in the pipeline and a possibly two solo exhibitions towards the end of 2016. I have a series of portraits planned, but also a series of figure studies. Generally just expanding my subject matter through lots of experimentation and making the most of this incredible journey..

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  • The Industrialist - Painting by Corné Eksteen CORNÉ EKSTEEN
    The Industrialist
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  • Partial Reflection I - Painting by Corné Eksteen CORNÉ EKSTEEN
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  • The Pornographer (Every emotion is public) - Painting by Corné Eksteen CORNÉ EKSTEEN
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  • Hidden Con(In)tent - Painting by Corné Eksteen CORNÉ EKSTEEN
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    New Assassins
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  • The Pink Opaque - Painting by Corné Eksteen CORNÉ EKSTEEN
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    The Blue Opaque
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  • The Subsidizer (Moth to the flame) - Painting by Corné Eksteen
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    The Subsidizer (Moth to the flame)
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  • Dispersion - Painting by Corné Eksteen
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    Dispersion
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  • Assimilation X - Painting by Corné Eksteen
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    Assimilation X
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  • Assimilation VII - Painting by Corné Eksteen
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    Assimilation VII
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  • Yin Yang III - Painting by Corné Eksteen
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    Yin Yang III
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  • Yin Yang II - Painting by Corné Eksteen
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    Yin Yang II
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  • Unification - Extra Large Portait Painting by Corné Eksteen
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    Unification
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  • Yin Yang I - Painting by Corné Eksteen
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    Yin Yang I
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  • Dissolver - Painting by Corné Eksteen
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    Dissolver
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  • Assimilation IV - Oil Painting by Corné Eksteen
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    Assimilation IV
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    Assimilation II
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  • Assimilation III - Painting by Corné Eksteen
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    Assimilation III
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  • Assimilation VI - Painting by Corné Eksteen
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    Assimilation VI
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  • Assimilation V - Painting by Corné Eksteen
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    Assimilation V
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  • X=Y - Oil Painting by Corné Eksteen
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    X=Y
    Oil Painting, W:90 x H:120 cm
  • Internal Segregation - Oil Painting by Corné Eksteen
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    Internal Segregation
    Oil Painting, W:100 x H:100 cm
  • Separation II - Oil Painting by Corné Eksteen
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    Separation II
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