• Koos De Wet

    Koos De Wet
    • Artist Statement
      • My works are abstract with caricatures. I use interesting textures and the main challenge is composition in shape and colour. My portraits have an unfinished look in places with total disregard for conventional colour. Thus it becomes somewhat abstract and surreal.
    • Interview
      • Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
        Bastiaan van Stenis

        Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?
        Walter Battiss – He was not afraid to step out of the boundaries of what is safe and accepted art, but rather created freely in a way he could best express himself. He set trends that artists follow to this day.

        Which exhibition that you have visited has made the greatest impact on you and why?
        The Theophilus Museum, Greece where works of the great masters are exhibited.

        Where do you get inspiration for your work?
        Everywhere around me in everyday life, good photography

        Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about?
        I mentally prepare and create a painting in my head before I start work. This process takes longer than actually capturing the work on canvas.

        What do you like most about being an artist?
        The ability to share with the viewer what I need to express.

        How do you handle bad days when you experience artist’s block?
        Not well, however I surrender and allow my creativity to guide me.

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
        Breaking away from the norm and creating work out of the box.

        Do you feel you want to make a difference to the world or in people’s lives? If yes, how?

        Yes. I believe that artists have an insight into life and the bigger picture that people in general lack. In portraying what I see, I am making others aware of how I perceive situations.

        What are your plans for the coming year?

        To have a good balance of all my genres of work available at all times