Artist Description

Culture is an ever-evolving thing, it is hard to say what it fully encapsulates other than that it exists in relationship to people. The idea of culture as something that is evolving and organic is my conceptual point of departure. As a painter I aim to confront the viewer with the concept of an evolving and hybrid culture in each one of my pieces. My use of colour is quite overpowering and with the way that each subject looks out at the viewer, this gives a semi-confrontational feel to the pieces. You as the viewer must engage with the subject. This creates a process in which not only is the physical oil-painting a cultural object, but the act of viewing it and deriving your own insights from the work is itself the creation of a new cultural moment. In that moment we see the evolution in the cultural landscape.

The subject of this piece is a young woman, Michelle, from Port Elizabeth. She presents the viewer with a surreal world, one in which sense seems hard to find except in her face due to the realism found there. However, the commentary I wish to convey is the hybrid nature of coloured culture in the South African context, it is one that mixes western elements with a people whose ancestors originally inhabited this land long before anyone else. Yet in both the past and present dispensation they find themselves on the fringe of society. A surreal place to be.

Visions Of A Blind Man

Oil Painting by Simon Venter
Materials used
oil on stretched canvas
Size
W:71cm x H:89cm x D:3.5cm
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  • Artist Description
    • Artist Description

      Culture is an ever-evolving thing, it is hard to say what it fully encapsulates other than that it exists in relationship to people. The idea of culture as something that is evolving and organic is my conceptual point of departure. As a painter I aim to confront the viewer with the concept of an evolving and hybrid culture in each one of my pieces. My use of colour is quite overpowering and with the way that each subject looks out at the viewer, this gives a semi-confrontational feel to the pieces. You as the viewer must engage with the subject. This creates a process in which not only is the physical oil-painting a cultural object, but the act of viewing it and deriving your own insights from the work is itself the creation of a new cultural moment. In that moment we see the evolution in the cultural landscape.

      The subject of this piece is a young woman, Michelle, from Port Elizabeth. She presents the viewer with a surreal world, one in which sense seems hard to find except in her face due to the realism found there. However, the commentary I wish to convey is the hybrid nature of coloured culture in the South African context, it is one that mixes western elements with a people whose ancestors originally inhabited this land long before anyone else. Yet in both the past and present dispensation they find themselves on the fringe of society. A surreal place to be.

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