Albert Coertse born 1980 is based in Onrus, a small town on the Southern Cape Coast a mere hour’s drive from Cape Town. He specialises in oil on CNC routed Valchromat or Medium Density Fibre board (MDF) as preferred medium. He has done commissioned portraiture, figurative work and landscapes, but over recent years, abstract forms composed his pictorial language. Albert J. Coertse was educated in communication design at the Open Window Art Academy, Pretoria and also studied interactive design at Malmö Högskola, Sweden. He obtained a bachelors degree in Industrial Design from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
I consider art as a self-learning tool and a way to keep stretching what I want to know of things. There’s always an initial excitement at an idea – the reason I become interested in things is generally because of conversations with someone or something I see in the media. It’s a knee jerk reaction followed by a need to find out more, to read more – obviously my interests are more biased to post-colonial theory and cultural studies, social constructions and the choices we make about them – and so, reading and finding background about that and putting it back into art for an audience. It’s always about wanting to have a discussion with someone but then in my art I also get to go off on my own little tangents.
My current series of works revolve around abstracted images, codified into individual flat islands of colour.