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Hugo Maritz – Rossouw Modern SPACE – 4 – 20 November 2016

  Underneath the Surface 15th Solo Exhibition We spoke to Hugo about his career and the show: What is the focus of your work? In my paintings I focus on figures to explore all the vicissitudes of the human condition. This has always been the focus of my interests both in my art and my life. I have always held with the belief that an unexamined life isn’t worth living. But to explore your own psyche also means to explore the lives of others. I find it to be an obvious truth that we have more in common than whatever individual differences we might have. So I believe that coming to an understanding of yourself is also to understand the people around you. ‘Know thy self’ as the Greek proverb goes. So my paintings draw from this understanding. Every figure is intended to be ‘everyman’ (oreverywoman). This is why a simple figurative work can be so emotive to people, and different things depending on the observer. In my work the figure stands alone, inactive. The focus is on the internal world of feelings and thoughts. Where do you draw your inspiration from? I draw my inspiration from observing people in their day to day lives. Sometimes it’s the line of figure that will attract me, sometimes it’s the emotion. Often it’s an intuitive response to what I see. I guess we’re all filters. The entire universe goes into our senses, through our minds and comes out different. As an artist I get to visually represent what my filter exudes. This is what you see when you look at my...