Kobus Walker has created a lyrical reinterpretation of Johannes Vermeer’s painting ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring.’
Walker, who lives in Pretoria, calls his painting ‘Fragile Fragments.’ It is 60 cm x 50 cm in size. According to Walker the the earring forms the center of the design, with floating and falling fragments of broken Delft pieces. “Together they become symbolic of the tenderness of the portrait study and how fragile our art treasures become. The floating feathers also symbolise the movement of a windmill, the shape and form of which are well known to the Dutch landscape. The layers of symbols are open to interpretation and also communicates a dialogue with the viewer.”
Walker’s painting process starts with the preparation of the board or canvas. “When painting on board, I prime it with two to three coats of dark brown acrylic paint by Heritage craft products. The surface is sanded in between coats until the texture is ready for painting. The next step is the drawing process in charcoal. I then start the painting process by applying thin layers of oil paint. I usually start with the highlights first and build up the surface almost in reverse to create high contrast.”
Walker is represented by Art@Africa at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. He is currently working on a body of work for a solo exhibition at the gallery. It opens on 3 September.
You can view Kobus Walker’s art works on Instagram and Facebook.