Diederick, South African artist

A Retrospective







Diederick remained connected to life

and had a keen sense of awareness



The air on nonchalance he often exhibited

in no way reflected his deep inner thoughts.

His art was a reflection of the beauty in

ordinary life, as seen through his eyes.

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1965 - 1991



African nude


Deiderick was fascinated with the graphic patterns in African arts and crafts and by the late 60's, these had became dominant elements in his paintings. The contrast of curved human forms and geometric structural lines were Diederick's playground and they formed the basis of most of his paintings. In this painting, the woman and pot set against the buildings and design motifs is a good illustration of this approach.






Somewhere along the way, Diederick turned to woodcut type lithographs. Probably done with lino, these exceptional images are a good complement to his body of work done with the brush.




Diederick's paintings were not expressly scenes from nature even though the signs of man interacting with nature were usually around somewhere in his work. STill, Diederick's respect for nature and its graphic forms enticed him on a number of occasions to paint specific bird or animal pictures. This picture in his post 1970 style, is representative of this occasional detour from his usual themes.





hut and fields





His specific style had been firmly established by the 70s and his Western Cape experience became an integral part of his new themes. This example of his work captures all the aspects that come together from each mutation of his style. Well defined forms, curving lines, graphic images, textured surfaces, a play on perspective, trees, fields, unusual colouring ...





house with mountains

Diederick's beloved Cape was never far from his mind and even in his later work, his brushes produced an integration of African and Cape scenes, often mixing the respective colours. This typical Cape scene, painted in the early 80s, was inspired by his repeated visits to the Western Cape. His camera and darkroom were part of his idea-filing system and his photo collection swelled further with each visit.


Cape woman in doorway




So too, he never stopped recording in his paintings, the images of the peoples of the Western Cape. The contrast of line and curve remained  an important tool for him to use, as shown clearly in this picture of the 1980s.







Diederick's body of work serves well to remind us of bygone times when simple values still played dominant roles in people's lives. His work forms an important part of the record of the cultures of our rainbow nation and the contributions of its people, to the colourful tapestry of life beneath our beloved flag. Represented in a number of important national collections, he has been acknowledged for his mastery of his art and has been recognised for his significant contribution to the ever growing anthology describing our Nation's artistic voice.



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