Flesh, Faith Synthesised in Solo Exhibition
JACO van Schalkwyk is part of a generation of artists who have discovered the relevance of aesthetic pictorial complexity and subtlety. His latest exhibition - I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things... - attempts to recreate the visual narratives of an age of succinctness and discourse.
Merit award winner Van Schalkwyk was placed second at this year's Absa L'Atelier competition.
His solo work is on view at The Barnard Gallery, 55 Main Street, Newlands, until December 5.
Van Schalkwyk's artworks are complex visual chronicles.
His previous solo exhibition, Just a Matter of Time, explored the documentary and archival characteristics of visual art. The pictorial plot of the exhibition centred on his exploration of his childhood religious community.
The subjective simplicity with which the artist approached his subject created works of remarkable pathos and fragility.
Just a Matter of Time bridged the divide of heritage and modernity, in an attempt to define the significance of individuality within the dictums of an insular community.
In I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things... the artist revisits spiritual and religious ideology, but now explores the intertwined nature of faith and art. …