"In 1979 (when I was 30 years old) I contracted Legionniares disease from drinking water on a golf course. Within a week I ‘died’. The resultant near death experience transported me to a place where energy and its workings was revealed to me in such utter detail and clarity that it drastically changed the way I look at everything.. life and death..and painting.What I witnessed and experienced was the very details of immencity. I had fallen into a sea of seething electrical activity where the light was brighter than bright."
A being to illuminate the invisible, Paul Blomkamp has been enamoured with the idea of transmitting energy into works of art for over 50 years. Whether it be slashes and dashes of straight lines of vivid colour, intimate scenes of domestic tedium or the holiness of light flowing through a stained-glass window, Blomkamp’s art reveals a desire to make visible that which is often obscure.
Paul Blomkamp has an unquenchable thirst for energy: energy transmitted through light, colour and texture. If anything, his work can be described as transcendent - visual masterpieces created outside of time and space to truly encapsulate the ultimate physical motivator in our universe: energy. Blomkamp shares that his fascination stems from an illness that left him without much personal energy for years, and his art is a way of exploring the kinetic and dynamic forces that surround us. Blomkamp’s work has also been heavily influenced by his early captivation with stained-glass windows, receiving a commission at only 19 to create one of the largest stained-glass windows in the world. While he effectively ended his stained-glass career in 1993, his works still evoke their haunting distribution of light as a transmitter of energy rather than a reflector.