Ade Kipades

Artist Statement
“as within, so without…as above, so below” – Hermes Trismegistus-
My work is about an investigation into subtle energy located in my body, and the recognition of this to be objects that appear in space as my environment.
The execution of my work can be divided into three phases.

  1. Accessing the subconscious mind through Surrealist automatic drawing (a process of tapping the creative potential of the subconscious mind by randomly drawn lines).
  2. Constructing shapes from these lines through the guidance of an intuitive prompting that is triggered by the feeling of subtle emotions registering within my body.
  3. Naming the completed piece. The title is not premeditated and appears in my mind’s eye as a word with a feeling of urgency attached to it. This is different from other thoughts that may come and go while I am working. In other instances, I dwell on a word and construct a visual abstracted expression of that word, under the guidance of feeling perception.
    My abstract work is technically Abstract Expressionistic, but the manner in which I do this, is through the automatic drawing process as explained above.
    For my figurative work, I do observational drawing from live models and/or photographic reference, applying the second phase of my process to construct the human figure. In other words, I am not drawing what my eye sees but rather lines and shapes that I recognize to be reflections of subtle movements of energy registering inside my body in that moment as I focus my attention on the figure
Abstract III(suspended forms) 2019 acrylic and oil on card 78x97cm R12 000
Anvil mixed 2018 media on card 152x106cm R18 000
Bull 2019 acrylic and engraving on wood panel 23×18.5cm R2 000
Contemplation 2019 oil and engraving on wood panel 67×67.3cm R8 500 (1)
Abstract VV 2019 oil on canvas 80x80cm R15 000
Giraffe Extinction 2018 acrylic and oil on card 93x98cm R18 000
Eyes Sight 2019 acrylic and engraving on wood panel 17×20.5cm R1 800
Still Life with Red Berries 2019 oil and engraving on wood panel 40x50cm R4 500
Mask 2019 acrylic and engraving on wood panel 18.3x23cm R1 800
King’s Cup 2019 oil on canvas 90x90cm R12 000