Albert Coertse

Full Biography

Albert Coertse is based in Onrus, a small town on the Southern Cape Coast a mere hour’s drive from Cape Town. He specialises in oils on CNC routed Valchromat or Medium Density Fibre board (MDF) as preferred medium.

He has done commissioned portraiture, figurative work and landscapes, but over recent years, abstract forms composed his pictorial language.

Albert J. Coertse was educated in communication design at the Open Window Art Academy, Pretoria and also studied interactive design at Malmö Högskola, Sweden. He obtained a bachelors degree in Industrial Design from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

Artist’s Statement

I just see myself as an artist. I don’t set out to be overtly conceptual, although everything I paint or draw or sculpt comes from a considered place, however instinctive or impulsive its genesis may be. I work through ideas and concepts that are realised in images. I am not overly concerned that a ‘meaning’ should be imparted, but rather how successfully I can make an image grow, mutate and permeate to ultimately communicate with the viewer on a visual level.

I consider art as a self-learning tool and a way to keep stretching what I want to know of things. There’s always an initial excitement at an idea – the reason I become interested in things is generally because of conversations with someone or something I see in the media. It’s a knee jerk reaction followed by a need to find out more, to read more – obviously my interests are more biased to post-colonial theory and cultural studies, social constructions and the choices we make about them – and so, reading and finding background about that and putting it back into art for an audience. It’s always about wanting to have a discussion with someone but then in my art I also get to go off on my own little tangents.

My current series of works revolve around abstracted images, codified into individual flat islands of colour.

The paintings present graphically reduced details of portraits, building facades and vanishing landscapes as structural all-over linear grids. Whilst these paintings resonate formally with the rationalist modernist strategies running from Piet Mondrian to Peter Halley, their formal reduction is the product of a semiotically distilled reference to the urban world.

Artist’s Resume                                    

Albert J. Coertse (b. Pretoria, 1980)
Painter, Sculptor, Illustrator, Designer,                                                                                         Independent Researcher : Epileptology,                                                                                     Registered Volunteer Worker : Epilepsy SA

Education :

Secondary Education

Matric/Grade 12 Certificate (1998)

Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool, Pretoria

Tertiary Education

Art and Design

B.Tech Industrial-/Three Dimensional Design (2004-2007)

Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), Cape Town

Interaction Design (January – June 2007)

Linuis Palme Exchange Scholarship Programme,

Malmö Högskola K3 , Malmö, Sweden

Communication Design and Multimedia (2001)

The Open Widow Art Academy, Pretoria

Multimedia and Computer Graphics Certificate Course (2000)

Department of Art History and Visual Arts, University of South Africa(UNISA), Pretoria

Awards/Prizes :

Mr Price HOME – Finalist 2004

Carol Boyes Mettle – Finalist 2005

Homemakers Expo 2005 – Special Mention

Ivy Blue Rotation Moulding 2005 – 3rd Prize

Rotation Moulding Association of South Africa(RMASA)2006 – 2nd Prize

Sasol New Signatures 2008 – Finalist

Exhibitions :

Palettes For Prosperity, Mossel Bay 2008

PRIDE, Artscape 2008

The Bijou Burns Again, UCA Gallery, Cape Town, 2008

Twenty Artists | Twenty Portraits, UCA Gallery, Cape Town, 2008/9

The Bijou Artists Open Studio Exhibition, The Bijou, Cape Town, 2009

Dark Side Of The Moon, UCA Gallery, Cape Town, 2009

The Creative Block, Red Black and White Gallery, Stellenbosch, 2009

Freedom and Art, The Rainbow Experience, Mandela Rhodes Place, 2010

The Bijou Artists Open Studio Exhibition, The Bijou, Cape Town, 2010

Cape Quarter Summer Exhibition, The Lisa King Gallery, Cape Town, 2010

The Creative Block, Association for Visual Art, Cape Town, 2010

Smorgasbord, Wessel Snyman Creative, 2010

The Observatory Festival of Arts, The Bijou, Cape Town, 2010

@BIJOU Art Sale and Open Studios, The Bijou, Cape Town, 2010

The Bijou Collective, HAAS, Cape Town, 2010

Art & Antiques Fair, Cape Town, 2011

Realisme Art Fair, Amsterdam, 2011

Autumn Group Exhibition, Christopher Møller Art, Cape Town, 2011

Haas presents Kierman & Coertse, Haas, Cape Town, 2011

Summer Group Exhibition, Christopher Møller Art, Cape Town, 2012

NAADA, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, 2013

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