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Oil on Canvas
oil on canvas mounted on a strainer
W: 1000mm x H: 1210mm x D: 40mm
W: 39" x H: 48" x D: 2"
Approx. Weight: 3kg
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About "Gham Meisie/Girl"
The concept behind the painting is born out of the ideas of dualism and materialism and influenced by the ideas and research of Michael Egnor (Neurosurgeon) and Rupert Sheldrake (biologist) particularly were they pertain to consciousnesses. I have also made use of cultural artifacts like masks,combs and other adornments as well as and the idea of the land/space as an experience of the mind rather than only a physical entity based in reality.
In this artwork Titled "Gham_[0xC780]Xam meisie" (Gham - derogatory term for an "uncivilized coloured"; used to describe someone with undesirable traits in looks and mannerisms.[0xC780]Xam language of the indigenous first people. Meisie - little girl). I am dealing in particular with the legacy of traditional south African art in this case Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef.
Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef, was a white South African artist, particularly known for his landscape paintings and mural commissions, particularly for the apartheid government. He is generally considered one of the old South African masters.
However what is little known is that he was a card carrying member of the racist national party and the entitlement of the Colonist mind.
The National Party found a kindred spirit in Pierneefs craft that supported their nationalist elitist agenda.
This work is an act of repopulating the a section of the Pierneef landscape by a member of the indigenous khoi as a form of cultural decolonization. As well as a comment on and reaction to the dispossession of culture and land by the Colonist establishment in their hubris and exceptionalism in their tradition of "old masters" works of art.
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"I believe that making art is a compulsive act of self expression that can only be realized through the collaborative act of creating and experiencing. Creating art for me is about constantly reflecting on my place in the reality. Using art to express a emotional and intellectual and tactile value, discovering how to distill and interpret my interaction with what surrounds me and documenting that personal relationship.
His work is in many private collections in Africa, Europe, America and the U.K. and Asia
Public Collections: Peuple et Culture - Brest (France), Western Cape Department of Economic development South Africa.
National Art Museum Cape Town
National Art Museum (Oliewenhuis) Bloemfontein
BP South Africa (Cape Town)
Joop van den Ende Theater productions - Holland, Embassy of USA, Nairobi
Old mutual private investment
PricewaterhouseCoopers Cape Town
PPS Investments - Claremont
Benguela Cove Lagoon Coastal Wine Estate.
Zonnebloem Art centre,Cape Peninsula University of Technology
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