Floris van Zyl is a South African Expressionist painter who has studied graphic design in the early ’90s, built his own design agency over 17 years and returned to painting full time in 2010. In just over 5 years he created more than 400 artworks, including around 200 oil paintings. They have sold locally and internationally and include landscapes, still life images, portraits and self-portraits.
His work is characterised by bold, symbolic colours, and dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushwork. One of the themes in Van Zyl`s work is to take things apart: to take realism and make it abstract by using a palette knife, to extend the paint beyond the boundaries of the form we know.
The artwork featured in this exhibition is part of a body of work created during the Covid-19 South African lockdown. Water and Relaxation being the main themes.