Our artist of the month of April, Cedric vanderlinden hails from Belgium and lives inPort Elizabeth. With a Masters in Visual Art his focus is on “terror/awe” in the genré of the Art of the Sublime…
… Vanderlinden paints in the reflexive style, building up layers of opacity and transparency in his large oil paintings. In the Immaterium series of works, he draws from life – beginning with depicting an element of the human – like a roof, or streetlight set against a dramatic sky. So begins a reflexive process of obscuring the human element, as he works to resolve the painting through formal elements of light, tone etc. He works until the title of the work ‘reveals’ itself to him. Often this is inspired by quotes from writers, poets and so on; relating to the Anthropocene era (defined by the epoch of man’s time on earth when the impact of man’s significantly impacting it; and leading to the demise of many of its natural resources.)
Inspired by the likes of Rothko, Turner and Magritte, the end result: hauntingly beautiful paintings that navigate a terrain somewhere between Surrealism, the art of the Sublime and something entirely new and modern. Cedric vanderlinden is a modest, humble artist and man, who believes that if the end of the world’s coming, he “might as well paint”.
We believe his timely, masterful works, should feature in serious collections and home collections alike as he represents both a universal epoch and a very South African perspective on life as he is living, feeling and painting it, in Port Elizabeth in 2017.