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Diezel

Diezel LAE LAEHQ Living Artists Emporium

 

The works in this ongoing series deals with the notion of ‘life’ and what ‘existence’ means in modern society. Diezel uses scribbles, strong lines and dripping paint to express how social, political and religious beliefs, influence our relationships, our multi-cultural societies and ‘Life’.

Popular icons and characters are appropriated as symbols of culture, eg ‘Obelix’, represents ‘Europeans’ and ‘Colonialism’, while indigenous animals represent the continent or background. Scribbles, writings and ‘brand’ icons, provide further insight into the ‘context’ of the theme.

 

With the AfroPop’ Exhibition Diezel uses art to ask questions about South African Culture and the social and political situation in South Africa. The collection was done in an “AfroPop” style and the influence of the Pop Artists of the Sixties, such as Jean-MicheI Basquiat and Roy Lichtenstein is obvious in the works.

Throughout the collection Diezel incorporates bright colours, scribbles and writing to comment on the ‘high voltage’ existence in Africa.

The works include ideas about the complexities of a muIti-cuIturaI existence within South African society, its history, the political situation and the varied belief systems of the different groups.

Diezel uses symbols, scribbles and writing in most of the works to communicate ideas and the spirit of Africa. Stars are ‘lucky’, plus (+) signs are signs of hope and optimism and hearts represent a love of country. Colours and drips symboIize Iife ‘experience’ and how it influences the subjects view of the world.

Diezel is a member of The Superstroke Art Movement, founded by fellow South African artist Conrad Bo. Superstroke was born in Africa and is symbolic of its energy, the good and the bad, bloodshed, corruption. oppression and pain, but also of beauty, optimism and hope.

All Superstroke artists mark their works with plus signs (+)