goldfinch, oil on canvas, 30 x 40cm

Natural Delights by Kobus Walker

“We have been working with accomplished artist Kobus Walker for over 4 years and he continues to amaze me every time that he creates a new body of work”- Dirk Durnez (owner of Art@Africa)

Kobus Walker is a Pretoria-based artist. He was born in Rustenburg, North-West Province in 1971. Growing up Kobus attended art and music classes where he harnessed his creativity and learned to play various instruments- including piano, organ, guitar, African drums and trumpet. He matriculated in 1989 and studied at the Pretoria Technikon where he completed a Fine Arts diploma in 1992.

After his studies, he exhibited his art at day art fairs and flea markets. He started out painting on up-cycled wine bottles, which helped him to realize his potential as an artist. He worked with fellow artist, friend and mentor Tivan van Dyk for almost 10 years. Together they worked on different projects, like murals at Caeser’s Casino, in London and in Egypt. Through the experience of several exhibitions, he learned to work on a bigger scale and the different techniques involved with that scale.

He started working as a full-time artist in 2007. Over the years he took part in different group exhibitions and had 7 solo exhibitions.

Artist quotes:

“Painting is poetry which is seen and not heard, and poetry is painting which is heard but not seen” – Leonardo da Vinci

 

“As a full-time artist, art is incorporated into everything you do. It becomes a lifestyle where creative ideas are born.”- Kobus Walker

We asked Kobus to share his personal insight around what shaped the type of art that he creates

Happy hour, oil on canvas, 60 x 50cm

Artist influences:

The narrative of Kobus’ collection of artworks pays homage to the abundance of natural beauty present within South Africa. From a young age Kobus has been enveloped by nature, art and a love for symphonic sounds. This has shaped the bright lens through which he perceives life and expresses his art. His understanding of the intricate beauty found in nature and musical melodies has allowed him to experience the world with an observant and artistic vision. Elements reminiscent of musical notes such as rhythm, repetition and flow translate through his vibrant paintings.

Inspiration:

Art such as: Jacob Hendrik Pierneef’s African Landscapes, Tretchikoff’s blue portrait studies and Kehinde Wiley’s naturalistic representation of African Americans influenced his use of bright; bold and animated imagery inspired the foundation of his work. Kobus admires the work of Andy Warhol and takes inspiration from the imagination of his pop-culture work. Kobus enjoys playing with familiar, portraits or objects that are immediately recognisable and evoke a sense of familiarity, memory, sensation, and emotion in all of us. Classical painters like Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Velasquez inspired his appreciation for objects and ideas from the past. He remolds inspiration from these influences and develops them into his own contemporary artistic style of painting. Kobus most often uses oil paint on wood board or canvas, which is applied in thin layers of paint. He takes pleasure in using a vibrant variety of colours, which gives the work a energy and life of its own.

Exhibition:

More than 20 oil paintings will be showcased. Natural Delights is open until the end of October 2023

Natural Delights by Kobus Walker: a unique exhibition of paintings at the V&A Waterfront.

Venue: Art@Africa, Clocktower Centre- V&A Waterfront

Opening: Thursday 05 October 18H30-22H00

 

In world-class venues in and around Cape Town, Art@Africa creates meaningful art experiences, curated by internationally acclaimed curators that aim to evoke powerful emotions. In addition to bringing internationally acclaimed artist’s works to South Africa, the gallery and sculpture estate also provide a platform on which South African talent can be recognized on an international level, which is sure to create great investment opportunities for local art. Art @ The Clocktower gallery celebrates the diversity of South African art in a unique setting at the world renowned V&A Waterfront, 120 meters from the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art in the Silo District.

 

goldfinch, oil on canvas, 30 x 40cm

LEFT: Yellow weavers with flower vase, oil on canvas 60 x 50cm

RIGHT: Vanitas still-life with kingfishers, oil on canvas 60 x 50cm


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