OUR INNER WORLD ALLOWS US TO ROMANTICISE LIFE AMIDST HARSH REALITIES, CREATING OUR UNIQUE STORIES
Van der Wath’s passion for collecting art spurred the desire in 2005 to undertake art as a hobby for self-expression. His fulfilling journey evolved significantly in 2019 when he commenced mentorship under Dr. Elfriede Dreyer, Professor Extraordinarius. This introduction to the broader spectrum of art concepts and history created the opportunity for Van der Wath to express himself through experiences in his world. From early in his life, he felt powerfully driven to understand the human condition and how we create our internal conceptual world.
During 2020 the artist has been recognised in various international competitions, notably as 3rd Edition Winner (Biafarin Prize) in the Prisma International Art competition and First Place in the “Open” Show, Colors of Humanity Art Gallery.
Van der Wath currently resides in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he is inspired by the city’s cultural diversity, business buzz and political rivalry.
Art allows me to develop perspective between the world of absolute reality and the world created in my mind – my ‘map’. Our inner world allows us to romanticise life amidst harsh realities, creating our unique story.
Triggered by events that have a profound impact on me, my art is an interpretation of how these events influence my inner world. My images are influenced by impressionism, and created by manipulating oils, acrylics and ink through splashing, painting, spraying and flowing.