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Stef Terblanche - "The Power of Cooption"
The Power of Cooption
The Power of Cooption
Oil on Canvas
W: 760mm x H: 1020mm
This work is unframed
About "The Power of Cooption"
This painting is a political intrigue. It reflects on the tendency towards evil so often inherently found in politics. The question might well be asked: who co-opted who? Did the man doing the talking co-opt the others because they are, in terms of power, "deaf" and "mute" and merely serve his own purpose, or did the other men whose eyes and mouths cannot be seen, co-opt the one talking on their behalf? The men are seated on a platform behind the inevitable draped flag, a white and pale blue flag denoting the colours of virginity, of purity, of innocence. Then the men, all of whom, except the speaker, hide their eyes and mouths, perhap a sign of their untrustworthiness. Behind them are dark bushes where danger lurks. And in the violent sky above the vultures are already circling for the feast.
Originally established as a realist painter with a preference for landscapes and figure work, his more recent works contain more social, political and mythological undertones, often displaying an element of satire and fun within a slightly surrealist context. Simplicity of design and composition and the use of strong, bold colours giving a feeling of their warm, earthy African setting, mark the more recent works. Colour and the play of light, as well as a “traditional” attachment to the possibilities offered by paint, are important elements of his work. Noticeable in his work is the way he often suffuses his paintings with the strong, warm and relentless light found only on the African continent. The more recent paintings invariably contain figures frozen in the act of playing out life’s many intriguing dramas. They are frequently charged with intrigue, danger, passion, satire and all the other fascinating traits of human nature on the big stage of life. This too is reflected in his portrait work. While his more recent landscapes strongly refer to his current direction, his new landscapes - as in his older works - still reflect an intimate reaction to the people and places of South Africa, a reflection not only of the aesthetic content, but also the underlying sensation of time, emotion and experience...the human footprints that dot our physical and emotional landscape. He studied for a period at the Ruth Prowse School of Art in Cape Town but is otherwise largely self-taught. He has participated in numerous exhibitions since 1996 and has won several awards. He will accept commissions based on pre-quoted agreement.
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