Artwork brings pixelated reality into focus

2017-06-28 06:01
Izak Fourie

Izak Fourie

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Izak Fourie’s creative ability to use thousands of square pieces of cooldrink cans has earned the talented artist a ticket to exhibit his work in London in July.

He was invited by the Department of Trade and Industry to exhibit his unique work, called tincan art.

Based in Bloemfontein, Fourie (36) has been collecting used tincans from restaurants since 2013 to produce his incredible works of art.

He uses approximately 500 tins per artwork.

Using a regular pair of scissors, he cuts each tin into small blocks and sorts the pieces according to a colour palette.

“I draw a grid on a board and then individually mark each little square and place it in the right order,” Fourie explains.

He says each artwork takes about two months to complete.

He applies an average of 50 000 square pieces of tin to complete each work. The completed artwork weighs no more than 5 kg.

Although he has no formal art training, Fourie decided some four years ago that he would like to experiment with creative ways of expressing himself while incorporating used materials.

His exploration into creating art using tincans slowly evolved into the brand that it is today and will be showcased abroad.

Fourie’s favourite subject is people. He is able to capture incredible emotion in his subjects. If you look at the farm scenes, they are equally as captivating and the art really speaks for itself.

Fourie grew up in Gauteng and attended the Hartbees-poort High School before he moved to Bloemfontein.

He is employed as a sales executive for a car dealership in Bloemfontein and does his artwork in his spare time, either from a friend’s studio or from his own home.

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