From early in his life, Corrie van der Wath felt powerfully driven to understand the human condition and how we create and reflect on our “own” worlds, which are impacted by an outside world of duality – reflecting tremendous beauty but carrying equal hardship.
His passion for collecting art spurred the desire in 2005 to undertake art as a hobby for self-expression. This fulfilling journey evolved significantly in 2019 when he commenced mentorship under Dr Elfriede Dreyer. This created the opportunity for van der Wath to express himself through experiences in his world of business, engineering, and psychology. The artist holds formal qualifications in these disciplines and has completed several short courses in contemporary art.
During 2020, van der Wath’s talent has been recognised in various international exhibitions, as he continues to expand his portfolio. He currently works in both Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, where he is part of a young democracy searching for its identity.
“Our endeavours in “living the life” calls for the daily deconstruction of ourselves. With effort, we merge parts together to adapt and thrive, especially in difficult times such as those we are currently experiencing. Life is a challenge to everyone, but I consciously remind myself never to let it rob me of the beauty surrounding me. Art allows me to explore that beauty by reflecting on the stories within and around me. Never forget to dance or to smell the roses!
The technique I practice when producing art is heavily influenced by impressionism and abstract art concepts, created by manipulating oils, acrylics and ink through splashing, painting, spraying, and flowing.” – Corrie van der Watt