The Blue Opaque
Oil on Canvas,
The Blue Opaque
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Oil on Canvas
W: 500mm x H: 500mm x D: 30mm
W: 20" x H: 20" x D: 1"
Approx. Weight: 1.6kg
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About "The Blue Opaque"
Contemporary de-constructed male portrait bringing together elements of figurative, Pop and expressionist painting traditions.
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View all 41 works by Corné Eksteen
Eksteen (also known as XTN) was born at Zastron, South Africa on October 6, 1973. He studied towards a BA in Fine Art at the University of Pretoria and UNISA (University of South Africa)
He spent several years working in related fields from Menswear Designer to various positions in the Interior Decorating and Digital Design Industries. As a Visual Artist Eksteen has been actively working and exhibiting since 1996. Taking part in numerous group and two person exhibitions on an International level. He has reached the finals of prestigious art competitions such as the ABSA Atelier Competition. His work is currently included in several private collections across the world as far afield as Germany, Sweden and the USA.
Eksteen's work can best be described as the study of relationships. This theme often explored by means of opposing energies or elements in his work has been the fundamental conceptual building block for most of his work since the mid 1990's. Works focus on specific aspects of identity and how juxtaposed philosophies or imagery, can illuminate our understanding of self and how we relate to others and the world. The interplay or relationships between gender and identity, gender and sexuality and the contradictions between the physical and emotional world, has been some of his major fields of exploration.
His work is visually confrontational, but most often serves as a simple "question" posed to the viewer. He has presented images of castrated men (La Mort, 1998), confronting notions and understanding about gender by beckoning the viewer to confess "who they are without their genitals" He has combined the faces of male and female sitters into a single androgynous portraits (xx=xy, 2015) asking the viewer to identify the gender of the image and in so doing to expose their own gender bias understanding of the visual world.
Eksteen, is currently living and working in Durban, South Africa.
2007 "Skin" Temporary gallery in warehouse - Woodstock, South Africa
2009 "Inferno" Temporary gallery in warehouse - Bloemfontein, South Africa
2015 "Disintegration" artSPACE - Durban, South Africa (View archived exhibition website)
2016 "Assimilation" artSPACE - Durban, South Africa (View archived exhibition website)
2017 "Portraits" RESTOCK, Funchel, Portugal
2017 "Otherness" State of the Art Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2017 "Anomaly" artSPACE Durban Durban, South Africa
Recent Group Exhibitions:
Curator's Choice First Thurdays State of the Art Gallery Cape Town South Africa January 2017
Forward - The Breathing Space Durban South Africa May 2017
The universe next door Fynarts 2017 - Rossouw Modern Hermanus South Africa June 2017
Curator's Choice First Thurdays - State of the Art Gallery Cape Town South Africa June 2017
Vryfees 2017 - The Showroom Art Gallery Bloemfontein South Africa July 2017
Decorex 2017 The Showroon Art Gallery Johannesburg South Africa August 2017
d'urban Art Exchange & Artists Choice Awards artSpace durban Durban South Africa September 2017
Durban Artists KZNSA Park Gallery Durban South Africa September 2017
Figures & Faces The Showroon Art Gallery Pretoria South Africa September 2017
Inaugural Exhibition artplus STUDIO 32 Umhlanga South Africa September 2017
Aardklop Arts Festival The Showroom Art Gallery Potchefstroom South Africa October 2017
Michaelis Silent Auction 2017 Smith Studio Cape Town South Africa October 2017
South African Art RESTOCK Funchal Portugal October 2017
BuzzArt 2017 KZNSA Gallery Durban South Africa November 2017
Night of a 1000 drawings Rossouw Modern Hermanus South Africa December 2017
SPACE Rossouw Modern Hermanus South Africa December 2017
SPACE Rossouw Modern Hermanus South Africa January 2018
Disruption KZNSA Gallery Durban South Africa January 2018
Curated Group Exhibition The Boutique Gallery Camps Bay South Africa January 2018
Curated Running Exhibition Opulent Living Cape Town South Africa February - May 2018
KKNK The Showroom Art Gallery Outshoorn South Africa March / April 2018
Faces Opulent Living Hilton Cape Town - Executive Lounge Cape Town South Africa May 2018
New Dawn Eclectica Design and Art Cape Town South Africa June - August 2018 (View Exhibition Catalogue PDF)
FynArts 2018 Ces't la Vie Rossouw Modern Hermanus South Africa June 2018
Durban Artists KZNSA Park Contemporary Durban South Africa June 2018
The Art of Pairing COMMUNITY Durban South Africa June 2018
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