The South African, Spanish-speaking, surf-loving artist Christiaan Conradie has found wings in the world of art after working in the design and advertising industry for several years. The artist never attended art schooling from an institution but found an incredible mentor in Julia Teale, who taught life drawing classes and passed on her art-making philosophies to the young Conradie. The paintings and drawing of the artist have followed a sharp and steady path of constant innovation and evolution so far in the artist’s career. He believes that being classically trained in drawing and painting are key elements to his success and in any artist’s ability to compose a piece whether it is from life or abstract. Conradie’s most recent work is a result of experimenting with the abstraction of lifelike portraiture and the influence of outside objects or materials attached to the canvas. These objects range from pompom balls, to neon signage, to balloons demonstrating the concepts introduced to the world by the famed Robert Rauschenberg in that any material can be a medium in art. Christiaan’s innovations not only make his works stand out on a new level, but also add a layer of depth and texture as well as an opportunity for the viewer to put more thought into the piece in front of them. Why use the actual object with a painting when you could have painted it? What kind of dialogue is being created? Check out the awesome artwork of Conradie below!
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