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ArtHole presents

The first solo exhibition of painter artist Bj Broekhuizen

Music by Gallak


01.04.2015 – 05.05.2015

Raw, brutal, rough; his works are pure depictions of flesh and fibers, muscles, skin and life force. Paintings with a subconscious sexual, male, powerful, energy.

The concept of the ‘MAN’ exhibition is about lost identity. Considering the perspective that the ‘MAN’ is losing his position in power and the current body dysmorphic image which is running strong in men. We are surrounded with the mass media’s idea of masculinity and the social structures of today’s society. As men, you need to fight a battle with your own self and identity, if you´re not strong enough the stereo-types will swallow you alive and spit you out like recycled material. There is a war being fought and this exhibition seems to document both the soldiers, the heroes and the wounded.? 

“I think having a battle with oneself on a daily basis is part of growing and developing, it’s to me a constant fight of ideas and perceptions. I often call my brush my knife, my weapon.”?

Bj paints in a very intense way, with both extreme force and strength and also showing unconscious personal feelings.? ?

“I have been trying to develop the portrait paintings into something stronger, the features will be scraped down and little visibility of the face. A portrayal of the concept of mass identity, the individual which is being lost in the modern world.”

The lost identity of MAN.? ?

In recent months Broekhuizen has made a transition in his work, slowly moving into something more figurative, with a strong reference to the organic form, muscle, blood and veins. “It’s about stripping back the layers of flesh.”?

His work is an impression, as if in a state of not knowing, presenting the human form as central to his art through a distorted perspective.? ?

Colour is another weapon in the artists’ artillery. He uses seductive colors to create and intimacy with the viewer as we join him to watch him dissect his men. Then he contrast this palate with the use of pure energetic colours to empower and enrich the spirit of MAN. A conversation from two perspectives and we the spectator can arrive at our own conclusion.? 

Bj Broekhuizen

This Wednesday as part of the next Arthole exhibition, we welcome South African-born, London based Bj Broekhuizen for his solo show MAN. 

“Raw, brutal, rough; his works are pure depictions of flesh and fibers, muscles, skin and life force. Paintings with a subconscious sexual, male, powerful, energy.”

We caught up with Bj to find out more about his roots within art and about his challenging and beautiful paintings ahead of the private view…

Who are you and what medium do you work in?

My name is Bj Broekhuizen, I was born in Cape Town, South Africa but I’ve been living in London for the past 13 years. I’ve slowly been making the transition from working with inks to oil paint, I’m finding the oils being a more raw brutal medium to work in preferred to the fluidity and softness of inks.

Who was the first artist who mesmerised young you, and what work specifically caught your eye?

Learning about Picasso at an early age in art class, and my mothers obsession with Paloma Picasso as a teenager, his name stuck with me all these years. Guernica is definitely my favourite, so much violence and chaos, it really excites me.

What training have you received in your chosen medium, if any?

My mother started taking me for extra art classes from a really young age at around 10-11, and that continued through out my high school years. I did a three year Textile & Design course as part of my school programme from age 16-18. I did my BA in Menswear for three years after school at the Cape Town Technicon with a successful end of year final fashion show. I got offered a job as Head Visual Merchandiser Menswear for Harvey Nichols in London straight after my show and packed my bags for London in 2002. I was at Harvey Nichols for seven years till 2009 when I decided to resign and start my art career which I have been doing now for the past six years.

What’s your fave piece of your work on exhibition with ArtHole?

King (51 x 76cm) oil on canvas, the name says it all.

King by Bj Broekhuizen

In an ideal world, what would you change about the current art world?

Make it less political and more about humanity.

What do you aspire to?

I think that enduring, committed love between two people in a relationship, is the most noble act anyone can aspire to. It is not written about very much.

Tell us a secret about yourself…

I have tattoos in unexpected places!

What music do you make your art to?

Ray LaMontagne, Damien Rice, Perfume Genius, Marilyn Manson, Portishead, NIN, the list goes on… I have an eclectic music taste.

Describe your working process for us…

I was approached by my best friend who knows Morris from Arthole and we set up a studio meeting and selected a few pieces and named the show Man. The following body of works was created from the selected pieces as main influence, It has been a very organic beautiful growth process for myself as an artist and a person looking at my own work and developing ideas and concepts further. Constant communication has been a vital part of this process discussing which pieces will work or developing certain ideas further. The past four months has been a creative high working with Arthole creating this show from start to finish and I am excited to unveil this to the public and press.

What was the last thing that moved you to tears?

Saying good bye to my boyfriend as he was leaving on a work trip to Asia.

Join Bj Broekhuizen for the private view of his new solo show MAN this Wednesday 1st April at Dalston Superstore from 6pm – 9pm.

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