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I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music - Joan Miro
My art - deeply interwoven through my being, is my music, my poetry... the evidence of my existence, which, at a superficial glance, could be labeled chaotic or abstract. Yet like all things in life, when considered with a degree of sensitivity, reveals a deeper level of engagement with this mystery we casually call life...it is my solid, passionate response to the stimuli of being alive with it's imperatives to question ...who I am, who you are and why are we here?
Around me I see confusion, pain and chaos.
I see beauty, kindness and forgiveness.
I see disorder.
I see order.
This is how I then paint... some works are geometric, clinical, painted smoothly and planned to some extent. Others are very spontaneous; the paint applied thickly with a palette knife - a relinquishing of the need to be in control as I allow the paint to run, using diverse methods with liberal experimentation to usher the image into unexplored, intuitive landscapes where colour and energy can speak a truer word than reams of intellectualization.
Images are there: waiting to be recognized and that is exciting....invariably I am just as surprised at the end result as anyone else. I'm part spectator, part contributor in the divine process of creation.
There are days when I simply cannot paint, and if I do, the artwork will acquaint itself with the blade of an axe. However, when its happening and the inspiration is there, nothing else matters at that moment in time and I feel God's pleasure in me being both authentic and purposeful!
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Rick is a self taught artist who started painting full time in 1989. His first solo exhibition was at the Sanlam Centre, Pretoria, in 1989. Since then, he has had numerous solo and joint exhibitions throughout South Africa. In 1990, he was invited to participate in a joint exhibition and art workshop in De Bron, Holland. He continued to live and paint in Holland for 6 months and during this time focused on commissioned abstract pieces. Upon returning to South Africa, he moved to Cape Town and apart from painting was involved in other art forms such as ceramics and designing. His preferred medium is oils/acrylics on stretched canvas. The Karoo is Ricks main source of inspiration for his landscapes. His works manage to capture the solitude of the region, and seemingly simple images such as a rundown farmhouse or rusty old car wreck, evoke a sense of nostalgia in the viewer. His abstract works range from geometrically orientated works, to loose, thickly textured pieces, sometimes making use of an encaustic technique which fuses pigments and objects, and also allows for some translucency.
"Inspiration for my landscapes is drawn from the Karoo. There is something about the Karoo that resonates with my soul. The vast space, crisp skies, unusual rock formations and koppies, coupled with the solitude of the area enable one to find rest from the hectic and often destructive way of life considered the norm. The sky is Gods canvas, and the colours you will often see during a Karoo sunset seem surreal; hues of oranges, pinks, greens, purples and reds combine in one sunset ignoring all art- schools rules of colour combinations. There are so many images apart from the natural beauty of the area that I find appealing - farm houses, simple labourers cottages, a windmill, a rusty wreck, washing hanging on a barbed wire fence etc.
My abstract pieces differ in style and execution.
His geometric abstract style has been described below:
]The Cubists led the path towards abstraction about 100 years ago. But it seems Rick Becker has done what few have dared to do: taken the art form and reinvented it...Beckers works.have serious echoes of Picasso and Braque at their analytical best.]Somehow he manages to paint a world of cubes, connected by lines and floating in space, with the straight-edged precision of a surgeon. The Herald Arts Correspondant
First solo exhibition was in Pretoria 1989, since then has had numerous solo and group exhibitions, some of these include: De Bron - Holland, Cuyler street Gallery - PE, Rick Becker Gallery – PE, Lindy Van Niekerk Gallery – Cape Town, Vincent Gallery – East London, Cresta Gallery, Hyde Park Gallery – Jhb, Chris Tugwell Gallery - Pretoria. Collections : FNB Queenstown - landscapes, KPMG Port Elizabeth - floral works, VWSA head office, Uitenhage - abstracts based on designs by Frans Boekooi.
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