July 28th 7PM ET / 4PM PT Considering Art : Considering Document
Painter and printmaker Aviwe Plaatjie uses portraiture to explore the world around him. Working primarily with oil painting and the relief printing technique of linocut, he renders people from his community. Often, his compositions meld portraiture with abstract patterns and expressive colors. His intricate, multi-layered linocuts use the medium’s propensity towards texture to create uniquely expressive portraits. “I very much like the way you can record an instant observation or doodle away your unconscious thoughts and ideas,” Plaatjie has said. “In my artwork I document scenes I come across in day-to-day life. My inspiration comes from the world around me, I love absorbing my surroundings. I simply comment on life.” His uniquely expressive portraits and his play with patterns recalls other Black figurative artists including Toyin Ojih Odutola, Kehinde Wiley, and Barkley L. Hendricks.