‘Quanta:’ Paul Blomkamp talks Quantum Physics, Light and Texture

Interviews, News
21 Oct 2016

ART AFRICA spoke to South African artist Paul Blomkamp about his latest body of work, ‘Quanta,’ which will be on show at Objekt | Design | Art (ODA), Franschhoek from the 21 October – 19 November 2016. Here Blomkamp takes us through his history and working process, placing light and the ‘electrical essence’ of quantum science at the forefront of his practice.


ART AFRICA: What attracted you to painting and where does your interest in Quantum Physics originate?

Paul Blomkamp: In 1979 (when I was thirty years old) I contracted Legionniares disease from drinking water on a golf course. Within a week I was ‘dead.’ The resultant near death experience transported me to a place where energy and its workings were revealed in such utter detail and clarity that it drastically changed the way I look at everything; life, death, and painting. What I witnessed and experienced was the very details of immensity. I had fallen into a sea of seething electrical activity where the light was brighter than bright. From being very ill I taught myself to meditate, in an attempt to try understand what was happening to me and then to translate this experience onto canvas.

I had been connected to the ‘Electrical Essence.’ It is this essence that informs everything that I paint. My fascination with Quantum Physics was born out of a dire need to understand and become more connected to this...Click to continue reading


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