'Peace of mind' 398 x 307, linocut
|The artist's work represents the right to have access to health care, food, water, and social security. His abstracted, lyrical image is composed of elements that refer loosely to the clause. The individual, depicted as a human bust deliberately ambiguous in its ethnic origin, appears in the midst of this floating composition of elements that suggest water, leaves and flowers. The checkerboard may remind us of the tile floor in a house, but Badenhorst avoids clearly defined symbols. He wants to create an image that is uplifiting and poetic in spirit, representing in a more general way "the good life" that the protection of our basic needs allows us to enjoy.
Born in 1957 in Ottosdal, Western Transvaal, Philip Badenhorst received an MA (Fine Arts) degree from Potchefstroom University, where he later taught. He is now a lecturer in painting at the University of Pretoria. He has had 25 solo exhibitions throughout South Africa and one in Germany, and participated in numerous group shows locally and overseas.