Painting Artist Inspiration – William Kentridge

Artist Influence, Artist Influences, Studio, Uncategorized
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‘Abu Tells The Truth’ (1996-1997)

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‘Casspirs Full of Love’ (1989-2000)

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‘Promised Land’ (2008)

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‘Everyone Their Own Projector’ (2007)

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‘Office Love’ (2001)


My partner researched the artist William Kentridge, stating:

“One artist who has informed my art is William Kentridge. Although his works do not look like mine, they have a similarity in that they both have printed backgrounds. This inspired my work as I thought that the contrast of the foreground and background was very interesting. The backgrounds often have some relevance to the image that is drawn on top.”

She looked into the artist, as she appreciated his use of layering, texture and definite depth within his works, with the perceived separation spacially from the foreground and background. I am also interested in the use of layering in his work, as he employs different formats of text, maps and newspaper pieces layered with illustrations that depict the political history of his native South Africa. I am interested in the way that Kentridge uses different styles of mark-making or illustration on each layer, in order to differentiate the first layer from the last. This presents an interesting sense of depth, that I would like to explore further when considering layering in my own project.

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