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About Helge Olle
Photographer: Gerald Botha of Stella Nova Studios, Kloof, KZN 2016
Costume design and construction, make-up, concept: Helge Janssen.
I am absolutely overwhelmed by the amount of truly amazing art out there.... bit I find it impossible to relate to most of it.
My art is formed through a combination of myth, psyche, archetype and innovation drawn from life's many many influences...and has even amazed me with its portent...drawn from a deeply intuitive cognitive consciousness. We have so much more information as our source of inspiration amid a myriad of vying energies. To try and emulate what has GONE is, for me, the most futile endeavour imaginable....like trying to reshape the wheel. I am not a copy artist. I am an innovative artist.
There was a time 1995 when I approached every single gallery in Gauteng searching for an exhibition space. All of them had a two year plus waiting list. But it was not until I approached a Gallery in the vicinity of the Market Square when the curator took out a book from New York and said to me: look at this....this is the type of art that will get you an exhibition.
What is it that people find so difficult to understand? It is so sad that our 'cultural minders' constantly look BACKWARDS for similarities rather than FORWARDS for authenticity and relevance. And so it goes.....SA....the derivative mentality that is too afraid to know itself.
However it is important to note that for the three years that I lived in Europe, I hunted down every single art gallery in any of the towns that I passed through...from seeing and absorbing the real raw art originals...much of which surprised me from the 'not so glossy' magazine version: Hundertwasser, Klimt, Schiele, Picasso, Rembrandt, Kandinsky, Degas, Klee, Magritte, Dali, Warhol, van Gogh, etc etc etc...
With the current madness and orchestrated insanity busy bombing our minds daily, with full intention to DISORIENTATE, OBFUSCATE and DEMORALISE our lives, we have to stand strong and focused.
It is more important than ever that these moronic forces that are hell bent on subjugating the world to its morass of dubious and despicable control mechanisms by robbing us of our sovereignty are defeated. It is a GIVEN that their plans are so DELUDED that they will never succeed. The mere fact that they even THINK that their plan will succeed is alarming enough. It has FAILURE built into it. What it boils down to is that they are hence trying to take as many people as they can with them. It is THEIR end game. It is THEIR fear. It is THEIR stupidity.
But what they have done, undoubtedly, is to have triggered a mass awakening. So, from an uncomfortable position, we need to be grateful to them.
This year, I am going to reduce the price of ONE of my paintings for one month only. I am going to start with my latest work and work backwards. If, after four months I still have not sold anything I will stop this procedure.
"The mechanism whereby change happens in a democracy is to speak out. And if nobody listens, then to speak louder" - David Lewis.
Natal Teachers' Senior Diploma III (Botany and Zoology)
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