Phil Vanderpost is a painting graduate from Bealart. He followed closely to the teaching of Bert Kloezeman which was to respect the fundamentals and draftsmanship with all aspects of creating art. Early in Vanderpost's career he fell in love with the Impressionism movement and the French masters, Claude Monet and Edgar Degas. Kinetic, organic shapes and bright colours are present through the works. A key philosophy is to make the painting relatable to the audience. Art is a safe harbour to lose one's self from the toils of daily life. When Phil is not painting he’s on location with his camera. He’s an active professional portrait photographer based in London. Phil views life through his lens. This is how he selects ideas for his paintings. It a very rare and unique perspective he uses towards his craft.
“My work explores the relationship between the universality of myth and current affairs. With influences as diverse as Machiavelli and John Lennon, new synergies are generated from both traditional and modern narratives.
Ever since I was a pre-adolescent I have been fascinated by the traditional understanding of meaning. What starts out as vision soon becomes debased into a carnival of distress, leaving only a sense of chaos and the possibility of a new reality through colour and space.
As spatial derivatives become reconfigured through emergent and personal practice, the viewer is left with a tribute to the limits of our condition.”
So please immerse yourself in his art. Let Phil’s paintings delight your eyes and most of all, enjoy!