Don’t miss renowned artist Schalk van der Merwe‘s new portrait exhibition. Well-known for his mixed media paintings exploring the Self, Schalk’s latest exhibition, This Human Condition focuses on emotions that are often oppressed because society doesn’t deem them acceptable. Schalk’s work has also been celebrated internationally. Black Meriah, one of his previous paintings, has been selected for the SAATCHI online gallery, placing him amongst some of the best international artists. ‘To a large extent, this new work is self reflective. I’m fascinated by one’s personal evolution and over the past year, I’ve been very aware of my relationship to the creative process and how it’s influenced by my emotional state at the time. Every day reveals something unexpected. For me no painting is the same. I try to find expression in obscurity, beauty, nature, life and even the darkest despair. Evoking emotion and reaction is paramount and this work is actually a celebration of the Human Spirit,’ says Schalk. The exhibition runs from 5 – 14 December 2013 at Bright Creative Space in Woodstock. For more information, visit svdmstudio.com.