Joseph Turpin

Joseph Turpin

Growing up in so called 'post-apartheid' South Africa, it's hard to ignore the economic and still racial divide that simmers on the metropolitan streets of Johannesburg. It's no surprise that ninety percent of the economy of South Africa is in white hands when white people make up but eight percent of the population. As a white South African and white male in particular, the importance cannot be underplayed of recognizing white privilege and acting on it. The first step is acknowledgement and then to bare witness to it which, in any state as a white male is not hard. In my paintings I seek to use striking visual imagery to expose and tell new allegories and fables that although unspoken, can be related to by all audiences. Expressive lines and colours and scenarios...

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