The paintings that was shown at this exhibition is approached in a very eclectic manner, combining various techniques ranging from reverse glass painting, oil on canvass and mixed media on canvass. This eclectic approach is also prevalent in the content of the work; where one often find a combination of humorous with disturbing subject matter.
The narrative content of the work shown is usually related to race, gender and violence and their disturbing relationship to power and hierarchy. Rather than delivering future vision or a solution to problems these narratives try to present situations around power and hierarchy in a very direct and confrontational way. The viewer's reaction to certain stereotypes becomes important: the work attempts to reveal certain racial and gender groups attitudes to these above mentioned problems. The subversive use of religious stereotypes, for instance, has prompted extremely opposite reactions from the public where certain paintings have been described as heretic by some and prophetic by others.
The word forensic refers to a judicial inquest and also to something that has come to pass. In this case, the things that are being investigated would be certain attitudes toward race and gender and more specifically aspects of the crisis regarding gender hierarchy.
Ladysmith (Cape) South Africa, 28 July 1969
MA Fine Arts, University of Stellenbosch 1997.
Diploma in Second Phase Illustration. Koninklijke Akademie voor Beeldende Kunsten, Den Haag, Netherlands. 1994
BA Fine Arts (Applied Graphic Design), University of Stellenbosch 1991
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2005 November. Conrad Botes. ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2005 November. Notes from Underground. Gallery Momo, Johannesburg, South Africa .
2005 May. Devils Bullets. Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town, South Africa.
2004 May. Forensic Theatre. Gallery Momo, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2004 April. Conrad Botes. Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2003 December. The Big White Sleep. The Scene Gallery, New York City, USA.
2003 April. The Big White Sleep. Galleria L'Ariete, Bologna, Italy.
2002 April. Conrad Botes. Studio d'Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2006 March. Ninth Havanna Biennale. Havanna, Cuba.
2006 March. New perspectives in Painting. NSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa.
2004 Sept. Diaries and Dreams. Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Frankfurt, Germany.
2004 September. +Positive. Biennale of Merano. Merano Arte, Merano, Italy.
2004 April. Africa Screams; the return of Evil in African Art and Cinema. Iwalewa Haus, Afrikazentrum der Universitat Bayreuth, Germany.
2003 April. Mlungu in Africa. Micheal Stevenson Gallery , Cape Town, South Africa.
2002 November. Fuori Uso. 12th International exhibition, Pescara, Italy.
2002 September. Dopo Buzzati. Artisti tra pittura e fumetto. Galleria d'Arte Moderna Carlo Rizzarda, Feltre, Italy.
2002 February. Passport to South Africa. Centro Culturale Trevi, Bolzano, Italy.
2002 January. Shelf Life. Spike Island Gallery, Bristol, UK.
2001 October. Shelf Life. Gasworks, London, UK.
2001 September. In Fumo. Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bergamo, Italy.
2000 Sept. Towards-Transit. Pro-Helvitia, Lowenbrau. Zurich, Switzerland.
Winner of the ABSA L'Artelier Competition, 2004. South Africa.
2005. Cite International des Arts. Paris, France.
2003: Art Omi International Artists Residency, New York, USA.
Sanlam Collection, South Africa.
Michaelis Collection, Cape Town, South Africa.
Francis Greenburger Collection, New York City, USA.
ABSA Collection, South Africa
Oliewenhuis Collection, Bloemfontein, South Africa
University of South Africa Collection.
Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Sasol Collection, South Africa
Hollard Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Spier Collection, Cape Town, South Africa