55Bellechasse, Paris / Miami
Christiaan Conradie experiences and focuses on concrete spheres within the arts. He draws inspiration from the age old pictorial techniques of Rubens and Rembrandt, to the abstraction of Cy Twomby and of conceptual art. He proposes, therefore, an interesting diversity and multiplicity in his pieces, but whose identity and authenticity is clear and defined.
Inspired by the loose, fat, and dynamic brushstrokes of Rubens, he picks up on the carnal and Dionysian exuberance of the bodies, the paint an ode to the human body. In addition, he is inspired by the capturing of living bodies in solitude and complete isolation as demonstrated in the works of Rembrandt. An isolation that breaks with the emerging world of his time. Conradie uses this device, in some way, to create an intimate space of reflection, in front of the complexities that inhabit this world, his figures are presented alone, isolated, intimate and alive. Evident too are echoes from the works of Twomby in the way that multiple layers and textures are imposed one on top of the other, a type of calligraphic, covert staining of the working surface.
In so doing, Conradie establishes a concrete dialogue between his favorite artists and appropriates those aspects which serve as a support from which to generate his pieces. Conradie considers his work as a space in which he is able to achieve a communion between the diversity dichotomous aspects of life.
In this way, he invites an extreme and intimate contemplation of the characters that appear in his works of art, executed with precision and patience, demonstrating the rational and measured aspect of the artists’ work. He paints these ﬁgures in silent and immoveable spaces that invite reﬂection. But at the same time, the ﬁgures painted with realism, appear dismembered, incomplete, textured and sensitively rendered. His subjects are inﬁnite beings. Themes of aging and of death are addressed. He plays with the (a)temporality of his work, they are never contextualized within a speciﬁc time or space.