Conrad Botes | the artist
The artist Conrad Botes
Born July 28 1969, Ladysmith, Cape, South Africa.
Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.
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Conrad Botes considers himself to be a comic artist, and even though he may digress into making paintings on glass, or handsome and brilliant objects of furniture and lights, it is the jagged graphic line, the searingly acid, iconoclastic storyline which cuts to the heart of the sacred cows of Afrikaner culture which turn him on artistically…
Conrad Botes was born in Ladysmith, Cape Province, South Africa, in 1969. He studied graphic design and illustration at the University of Stellenbosch. Here, he met Joe Dog, with whom he founded the magazine Bitterkomix in 1992. Together with Ryk Hattingh, he created 'Die Foster Bende', which was published in June, 2000. His work has also appeared in European comics magazines such as Formaline, Zone 5300, Lapin and the Comix 2000 anthology. Conrad Botes and Joe Dog continue to publish their work in Bitterkomix, and have regularly exhibitions in South Africa and Europe…
Botes' painting has its roots in comic book drawing, which he has been exploring for over a decade. Together with Anton Kannemeyer he is co-founder and publisher of Bitterkomix, an iconoclastic comics magazine founded in 1992. The narrative content of his work is usually related to race, gender and violence and their disturbing relationship to power and hierarchy…
Work in the MOMA collection
The narrative content of the work shown is usually related to race, gender and violence and their disturbing relationship to power and hierarchy. Rather than delivering future vision or a solution to problems these narratives try to present situations around power and hierarchy in a very direct and confrontational way. The viewer's reaction to certain stereotypes becomes important: the work attempts to reveal certain racial and gender groups attitudes to these above mentioned problems. The subversive use of religious stereotypes, for instance, has prompted extremely opposite reactions from the public where certain paintings have been described as heretic by some and prophetic by others…