• Corné Theron

    Corné Theron
    • Artist Statement
      • I examine our reactions to environments that are foreign to our natural abilities and control. I experiment with different types of glass as filters to create my images of women who find themselves underwater. The backgrounds are kept plain, so that the dynamic is found in the figure itself. My sentiments are universal, even though I usually paint women. I enjoy exploring the fact that our eyes are not developed to see underwater without the help of a lens. Light rays bend when they travel from one medium to another; the amount of bending is determined by the refractive indices of the two media. If one medium has a particular curved shape, it functions as a lens. The cornea, humours, and crystalline lens of the eye together form a lens that focuses images on the retina. Our eyes are adapted for viewing in air. Water, however, has approximately the same refractive index as the cornea (both about 1.33), effectively eliminating the cornea's focusing properties. When our eyes are in water, instead of focusing images on the retina, they now focus them far behind the retina, resulting in an extremely blurred image. I aim to capture form and light under water.
    • Biography
      • Corné Theron is a contemporary figurative artist. She was born in Worcester on 7 January 1974. She matriculated in Bloemfontein and went on to study law at the University of the Orange Free State,  graduating in 1997 with an LLB, after which she married  and moved to Swellendam. She currently lives on a wine farm in the Breedekloof.

        She practised as a conveyancer for two years, but resigned and started writing and illustrating a children’s book. This set her on the path of the arts and she took private art classes. She has subsequently participated in two group exhibitions at Rust and Vrede Gallery in Durbanville and hosted several private exhibitions. She was chosen as one of ten artists for the "Fresh Talent"-exhibition held by the Crouse Art Gallery. She has sold a number of paintings to clients in various parts of the country and overseas.

        Selected Exhibitions:

        2016
        That Art Fair, Cape Town

        2015
        Profile Pic Exhibition, Slanghoek Gallery

        2014
        Art in the Heart 2014 – curated and participated in exhibitions by participating artists at different Wineries in the Breedekloof.
        TOUCH- Tactile exhibition co-curated with Angeline Ann Le Roux. Tactile Art accessible to blind people. Done in collaboration with the Institute for the Blind.

        Up to 2013
        Solo exhibition 'Mymering' at Slanghoek Gallery
        Group exhibition at Rust-en-Vrede Gallery
        Fresh Talent exhibition Crause Gallery.

    • Interview
      • Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
        I find Philip Barlow’s art mesmerising.  I return to his work often to find inspiration.  His main subject matter is light, which has always been my foremost passion as well.  He interpreted light in a way I have not seen before and it just resonated with me like nothing else I’ve seen.
         
        Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?
        I feel very privileged to be staying in an absolutely breathtaking area of our country.  The Breedekloof remains one of South Africa’s best kept secrets.   It has been a haven to me after some personal turbulence.  Therefore I have to choose Hugo Naude, as he was native to this area I love so much.  He also had a struggle with the interpretation of light, as I constantly have. I am always attracted to strong contrasts, and he had to use this to adapt his palette to the brilliant sunshine and colours surrounding him.

        Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?

        I had the privilege to co-curate a tactile exhibition for the blind.  Some sculptures by blind people were also on display, and I was fascinated with the way they interpreted in a visual form what they felt with their hands.  Their creativity was truly amazing.

        Where do you get your inspiration for your work?
        I am fascinated by the way people react in their circumstances.  I reach for the brush to capture moods, character, habits, reactions.  I am also endlessly fascinated by the patterns made by light, fabric and form in water.

        Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art¬making that you can tell us about?

        I dislike using old brushes and try to replace my brushes as often as I can.  I had to train myself to find cleaning my brushes at the end of the day relaxing and meditative, as I hate cleaning them. Maybe it is because I usually have to do it around midnight, because my most productive hours are when my three year old son is in bed!

        What do you like most about being an artist?

        I like finding innovative ways to solve problems.  I usually throw all the possibilities out there and start eliminating them one by one.  Each new work offers me the opportunity of finding a new and untrodden path.  That never ceases to excite me.

        How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block?
        I cannot ever remember experiencing a block.  My problem is rather that I usually have too many options, and that I must eliminate radically to achieve my goal.

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date? 

        In terms of my own art, The work I did for THAT ART FAIR 2016 has been my best attempt at communicating my vision.  I felt ‘understood’, and that is the most satisfactory experience I have had to date. In terms of my community efforts, the way our Future of Hope Project is developing, is really encouraging.

        Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how?
        I believe that art not only has a role to play in changing perspectives and opinions.  It has a very practical application in the lives of traumatised children.  Having been a foster mom myself, I founded a project called Future of Hope.  This project focuses on presenting foster families with opportunities they would not otherwise have.  Our monthly workshops are geared towards providing specialist help for the parents, and therapeutic activities for the children.  Many of these kids are Alcohol Syndrome kids, and cannot cope in the normal school system.  I find that art is a huge relief and welcome distraction for them.  It might also just provide them with a skill that they can use in times to come.  I also co-founded the Art in the Heart concept together with Breedekloof Wine and Tourism.  During 2014 we hosted the tactile exhibition for the blind, and in 2015 we launched an art competition for local farm schools.  We hope to build on these initiatives with more exposure for the talented kids we discover.

        What are your plans for the coming year?

        Besides catching up on commissions, and looking into better marketing, I do monthly art workshops for Future of Hope, which I love. In April I am doing a Basic Portrait Painting workshop at the Hugo Naude Art Centre, and in July I will be collaborating with local artists for a Breedekloof event. In the long term (maybe for next year), I am working on a pixel art exhibition called “Till we have faces”, done as a fundraiser for Future of Hope.


  • Analogy - Painting by Corné Theron CORNÉ THERON
    Analogy
    Painting / 40 x 30 cm
    R4 500
  • Perception - Painting by Corné Theron CORNÉ THERON
    Perception
    Painting / 75 x 90 cm
    R23 000
  • Nymphaea: Soldier - Painting by Corné Theron CORNÉ THERON
    Nymphaea: Soldier
    Painting / 53 x 104 cm
    R7 410
  • Providence - Painting by Corné Theron
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    Providence
    Painting / 20 x 20 cm
  • Awaken - Painting by Corné Theron
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    Awaken
    Painting / 20 x 20 cm
  • Surge - Painting by Corné Theron
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    Surge
    Painting / 20 x 20 cm
  • Liberty - Painting by Corné Theron
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    Liberty
    Painting / 91 x 91 cm
  • Right Of Passage - Painting by Corné Theron
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    Right Of Passage
    Painting / 40 x 50 cm
  • Nymphaea: Serenity's Illusion - Painting by Corné Theron
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    Nymphaea: Serenity's Illusion
    Painting / 80 x 90 cm
  • Reawakening - Painting by Corné Theron
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    Reawakening
    Painting / 40 x 30 cm
  • Consideration - Painting by Corné Theron
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    Consideration
    Painting / 36 x 26 cm
  • Transposed - Painting by Corné Theron
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    Transposed
    Painting / 21 x 21 cm
  • Perspicuity - Painting by Corné Theron
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    Perspicuity
    Painting / 21 x 21 cm
  • Specere - Painting by Corné Theron
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    Specere
    Painting / 21 x 21 cm
  • Diaphanous - Painting by Corné Theron
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    Diaphanous
    Painting / 20 x 15 cm
  • Gossamer - Painting by Corné Theron
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    Gossamer
    Painting / 20 x 15 cm
  • Transporter IV: Mesmerized - Miniature Oil Painting by Corné Theron
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    Transporter IV: Mesmerized
    Miniature Oil Painting / 20 x 20 cm
  • Transporter III: Absolved - Painting by Corné Theron
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    Transporter III: Absolved
    Painting / 20 x 20 cm
  • Transporter II: Transfixed - Painting by Corné Theron
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    Transporter II: Transfixed
    Painting / 20 x 20 cm
  • Transporter I: Released - Painting by Corné Theron
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    Transporter I: Released
    Painting / 20 x 20 cm
  • Nymphaea: Turning Point - Oil Painting by Corné Theron
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    Nymphaea: Turning Point
    Oil Painting / 52 x 104 cm
  • Nymphaea: Metamorphosis - Oil Painting by Corné Theron
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    Nymphaea: Metamorphosis
    Oil Painting / 78 x 103 cm
  • Nymphaea: Suspended - Oil Painting by Corné Theron
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    Nymphaea: Suspended
    Oil Painting / 42 x 32 cm