John-Michael Metelerkamp

I believe that my job as an artist is to simplify the complexities of my life. Or at least my experience of life. The sense of overstimulation I feel and a propensity for chaos lingers around every corner of my psyche. The tension between chaos and order is a vehicle or opening whereby I can make the work I wish to. To make what I feel and see into a visual language is about focusing on something that I find interesting. And I may not be able to pin down the exactness of my curiousity; but I feel the need to challenge these thoughts and feelings and show myself what it looks like in a visual sense, with paint. Experimentation is a huge part of the process. I try not to think until I am standing in front of the canvas with paintbrush in hand. Forcing thought from my mind opens up possibilities of a journey through the painting. Colours dictate colours and forms dictate forms. As George Condo says “Don’t step back until you think you have something to look at’’. I adopt this practice. I get close to the painting. I want to be in the painting.

John-Michael Metelerkamp
Folly Blossom 19

Folly Blossom, 2020

Split, 2019

Nekkies 44

Nekkies, 2019

Following Pools

Gateway Series, 2017

John-Michael Metelerkamp_Keepers 9_2017_Acrylic on Fabriano_200x130cm

Keepers, 2017

Rainbow Charlie 3

Rainbow Charlie, 2017

General Handshake

South Africa, 2017

Silence Apparatus

Temple Series, 2017

The Pink Lady's Delusion 29

The Pink Lady's Delusion, 2016-2017

Las 5

Las, 2016

Still Life 18

Still Life, 2015


Contortion - Distortion, 2014