HOMOGENISE. In my recent collection of paintings in acrylic and oil paint I consciously shine a spotlight on prejudices and promotes unity through altering and reworking familiar and famous artworks. The significant twist is the addition of African portraiture into the mostly Eurocentric images.
DIVERSITY vs HOMOGENEITY. The existence of differences within our society is driven by its cultural and artistic narratives. Taking what is known and accepted and overturn it with the introduction of cultural narratives that have been overlooked for far too long. Differences and similarities in ethnicity, culture, religion, and a variety of other themes are being explored. Commentary is given on emancipation, strength, immortality, beauty, and pain with the ultimate goal of inclusion.
Let’s celebrate DIVERSITY and a HOMOGENISED society through my ART.
About the Artist
Johan Alberts was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1976. He loved creating art from an early age. School mostly revolved around the art classroom. He studied Theatre Crafts at the Technikon Pretoria and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Entertainment Technology from the Tshwane University of Technology, adding research to the field of Scenic Design.
Johan was a lecturer in Scenic Painting and Design at the Tshwane University of Technology for 12 years as well as the art facilitator for the YAP (Young Artists Programme) at The JamJar in Dubai in 2018. After his return to South Africa from the UAE in 2019, Johan has been focusing all his attention on creating art.
Johan creates bespoke art pieces and exhibits his paintings online and at galleries. He has a keen eye for current trends, specialising in décor and style for homes and offices. Murals for homes and businesses are also in Johan’s repertoire.
Johan has had numerous solo and group art exhibitions in South Africa and has exhibited in The Netherlands, Kenya and the United Arab Emirates. His paintings grace the walls of some of the most stylish homes and restaurants in South Africa, Singapore, USA, Canada, Kenya, Australia, United Arab Emirates and The Netherlands.
The latest range of thought provoking art by Johan is driven by the theme of ‘DIVERSITY vs HOMOGENEITY’. The existence of differences within a particular frame is referred to as diversity while homogeneity is the quality or state of being all the same or all of the same kind. Differences and similarities in ethnicity, culture, religion and a variety of other themes are being explored. Commentary is given on emancipation, strength, immortality, beauty and pain with the ultimate goal of inclusion. Johan consciously shines a spotlight on prejudices and promotes unity through altering and reworking familiar famous artworks. Let’s celebrate DIVERSITY and a HOMOGENISED society through ART.