Vincent de Beer: Unknown Soldier
Medium: Oil, Foil on Paper
Size: 65cm x 50cm
"My approach to creating art has always manifested itself through the use of strong symbolism, both through material use and graphic content. Inspired by the
imagery and emotion found within my dreamscapes, as well by the experiences
and characters that shape my life - there is always a tension of the real versus the
imaginary, the profane against the sacred, nature opposed to a man.
It is exactly within this realm where my investigations started to develop an
organic free-flow twist, attempting to reveal the dualities and multiplicities of
being through color, form, texture, layering, and suggestion, which intends to
engage with the viewer in the rawest and honest way possible. Despite creating mostly with my imagination, I have also explored the more realistic ‘method-based’ approach, yet always with an air of abstraction or symbolic narrative. That being said, I feel that the unplanned and natural progression of making captures the true essence of my art. It is in the thrill of discovery and exploration that images emerge that go beyond conventional ideas of beauty and rational - playing on the fringes of the grotesque. Throughout my whole life, I’ve questioned and sometimes challenged cultural and societal norms, ideals, and dogmas, which I feel is strongly evident in my work. The stories of Hermann Hesse particularly captures some of the ideas in literary form, as in Siddhartha and Peter Camenzind, where the protagonists become the embodiment of the passions of existential crisis and search for a spiritual release in a materialistic world. It supports one fundamental personal truth: creativity as a means to myself and my relationship to nature and the outer world. As the well-known aphorism by Marshall McLuhan goes, ‘the medium is the message.’" Vincent de Beer
Born in Pretoria on March 10th, 1989. Chinese year of the snake, the fall of the
Berlin Wall and 100 years after Van Gogh’s Starry Night. The latter-day Vincent’s
artistic endeavors started at an early age, from drawing in church on Sundays,
coaxing in people to buy small works on pieces of paper, and playing endlessly with
Lego. His talent developed through art classes at Pretoria Alphen Park High
School and Garsfontein Primary, where he won numerous awards, where some of
his teachers foretold his future success as an artist.
A critical life intervention was his family’s decision to migrate to Cape Town in
1998, where he further developed his art and understanding of popular culture.
Attending De Hoop Primary followed by Parel Valley High School, he matriculated
in 2007 with distinction, despite dropping art as a subject since he believed in a
non-indoctrinated approach to art.
In 2010 Vincent enrolled in architecture school at the University of Cape Town
where he obtained his Bachelors's degree at the end of 2012, a formative time in
which his philosophical outlook on art, design, and architecture matured. From
here on he worked at multiple architecture firms whilst maintaining a steady
output of works, including furniture making and sculpture. In 2017 he continued
his architectural studies and graduated with a master's degree in architecture in
the summer of 2018.
Having recently decided to take up art as a profession in conjunction with his
architectural career, Vincent has stepped away from commercial practice and now
works on bespoke projects and art work from his home studio. He has featured in
numerous art shows, auctions and publications. As well as doing private
commissions, he continually creates and experiments with different media and
techniques that result in a unique set of works available to the general public.