Expressive, intriguing mixed media portraits by Schalk van der Merwe

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Schalk van der Merwe is a mixed media artist from Cape Town, South Africa. If you look at Schalk’s impressive, varied portfolio it might surprise you to learn that Schalk only started exhibiting his art in 2013. Since then his work has been shown and sold all over the world. No surprise, his strong, expressive portraits are intriguing and attractive due to their fierce colors, bold lines and mysterious glances of those depicted. Schalk on his work:

“My work is not reliant on a cognitive process. I believe over thinking can destroy originality. My portraits aren’t about realism, perfection, gender or race. They explore and attempt to capture those qualities and emotions often hidden from view.”

You can find more of Schalk’s work on his website, Facebook page and Instagram. Enjoy!

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Thanks for reading! What do you think of Schalk’s work?

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  • This kind of art is food for thought.
    Now, I wonder how people would look if instead of the real beautiful face they had only emotions. I’m afraid that they would be more terrific than your paintings.

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