www.artthrob.co.za, June 2008:
Paul Blomkamp at Rose Korber Art
‘Highveld Windveld´ is the title of Johannesburg artist, Paul Blomkamp´s new oils on paper: they are part of an ongoing series of works inspired by his profound almost obsessive- fascination with the Magaliesburg mountain range of Gauteng.
The influence of Blomkamp´s early stained glass works is still evident in these paintings, which appear to transmit rather than reflect light. They have a transparency, clarity and sharpness akin to glass, and often appear to be made of coloured light rather than of paint.
He describes his work as dealing with the ‘anatomy of energy´: he is preoccupied, he says, with energy what it is, what it looks like because of an earlier illness that left him without energy of his own for many years.
In these works, Blomkamp is primarily concerned with ‘making the invisible visible´.
His paintings are ‘celebrations of energised lines, shapes and spaces that throb and glow with pure strong colour, existing solely for ways to illuminate the dark and unknown´.
His relationship with colour and energised line is an attempt to´ confront the subconscious´, he maintains, ‘and to expose and bring into the light that mystery, that primal force, that may give us clues that existence on our little planet is worthwhile and meaningful, after all´.