Energy Supply by Paul Du Toit (1965 – 2014)
Energy Supply, 2004, oil and acrylic on canvas, 1500 x 900 mm

Paul Du Toit (1965 – 2014)

Description for Energy Supply by Paul Du Toit (1965 – 2014)

 

(Du Toit 2006)

 

 

 

About the artwork

 

The playful painting is of a cat, with a bright yellow square shaped head and different colour eyes. The black lines connect the body and head becoming the cats’ wobbly legs and feet, bringing the image together. The simple cartoon-like face is balanced perfectly by the stylised body. 

 

A culmination of influences: lengthy hospital confinement because of a childhood illness, an early interest in the works of Klee and Picasso and regular interaction with terminally ill patients, moved Du Toit to form this unique painting style. He admired the interesting observation of the children with whom he interacted, in their manner of representing colour, line and form. Du Toit’s style is uncomplicated, whimsical, uplifting, tong-in-check and simplified in almost a childlike manner (Shaman 2006: 17 - 20).

 

 

 

About Du Toit’s art

 

In the course of his life, Paul Du Toit created a personal dictionary of visual symbols, which inspired his vocabulary of scrawls. Du Toit abstracted his subject matter through a reduction of form, minimal lines and colour planes and unity of composition.

 

Simple cartoon-like faces are often balanced by stylised bodies. In Off the wall, the process of working on canvas from all four sides allowed the development of a broader and richer composition, incorporating multiple figures. 

 

A culmination of: lengthy hospital confinement because illness, during childhood; an early interest in the works of Klee and Picasso and regular interaction with terminally ill patients, had an influence on Du Toit and moved him to form a unique painting style. He admired the interesting observation of the children with whom he interacted, in their manner of representing colour, line and form. Du Toit’s style is uncomplicated, whimsical, uplifting, tong-in-check and simplified in almost a childlike manner.

 

 

Du Toit’s background

 

Paul du Toit carved a unique niche in the international arena through his very personal form of art: a linear, phantasmic world created from his mind and experiences.

 

Among the many awards: he has received a medal from the city of Florence in the Biennale Internationale Dell’arte Contemporanea. He was nominated for the Daimler Chrysler Sculpture Award in 2002. He has worked with former president Nelson Mandela on several occasions and international musicians on the 46664 campaign and the establishment of Mandela Day. He also collaborated with another Nobel Peace Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, on a handmade illustrated artist’ book at Pace Prints in New York where Paul opened a studio in 2011.

 

 

Reference

 

Du Toit, L. Paul du Toit’s insights about his works in the Saronsberg Art Collection. (Personal Communication, October 2012).

 

Du Toit, L. Paul du Toit. [O] Available:

http://www.pauldutoit.com/2012/.html 

[Accessed 18 November 2014]

 

McCarthy, S. 2006. The confines of Paul du Toit, in Paul du Toit fighting with my weak hand, edited by Pippa Tsilik. PlanetPaul: Cape Town. 31-32.

 

Shaman, SS. 2006. The confines of Paul du Toit, in Paul du Toit fighting with my weak hand, edited by Pippa Tsilik. PlanetPaul: Cape Town. 17-20.

 

Tsilik, P. (ed). 2006. Paul du Toit. (An exhibition catalogue for the exhibition titled Fighting with my weak hand). PlanetPaul Ltd: Cape Town.