Johannes du Plessis uses his distinct figurative style to express his love of form and nature. Johannes was born in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa 1953. After his school education he studied further gaining a higher National Diploma with distinction in fine arts. (Sculpting and drawing)
ANALYSIS OF MY RECENT WORK
1 To view my artwork is to experience the idea of space. To imagine something and to form a particular sort of mental representation of that thing. Imagining is typically distinguished from mental states such as perceiving, remembering and believing. Therefore the figuration of recognisable objects/shapes you can find in all my work.
2 To come to a style is merely a tool, meant to facilitate the expression of an idea; therefore most artists’ work will not fit nearly into any specific category. A style is a tool, not a label. I utilize my Expressionistic style as a tool to achieve my goal. Every collection of artworks that I create might differ from the previous year. The reason for that is, to search for the ultimate challenge, a playground of fulfilment.
3 I collect subconsciously the wide variety of visual stimuli around us every day, in advertisements and media, our relationships and experiences, objects, nature and architecture and people, to mention a few. All these can offer artistic references.
4 Within my work you will find all sorts of elements, faces and figuration. With my spontaneous artistic approach on the canvas, I stimulate and evoke the viewer’s senses so that he/she could discover what ever he likes to perceive. I describe my new creations as infinite, therefore the endlessness that borderline the work.