South African born artist and designer BJ Broekhuizen studied menswear fashion design at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town. On moving to London Broekhuizen went on to be head Visual Merchandiser of Menswear at Harvey Nichols in London. After 8 years he decided to devote his time to painting in 2009 and has sold works to collectors worldwide, including Dubai, South Africa, Australia and Europe.
Broekhuizen signature is his bold use of colour, inspired by his African background. He works mostly in oil on canvas and indian ink on paper and his most usual suspects are mysterious and intriguing semi-abstract portraits, that are many times provocative and suggest visceral emotions related with identity, beauty, masculinity and culture.
Broekhuizen was handpicked by Belgian fashion designer Walter van Beirendonck to collaborate on his "ZWART" Fall 2017 collection, my portrait I did of him on the scarves are being sold at all shops selling his clothes including Dover Street Market, London
Affordable Art Fair Battersea PiECE, London 2016 Solo show "MAN" Dalston Superstore, London 2015 Group show and works displayed in private collection at CENTURY private members club, London 2015 Group show at Gallery on the Corner, Battersea, London 2014 Group show at Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch London 2013 Sold out show at art fair "New Artist Fair" Truman Brewery Brick Lane, London 2012 Group show "Art in Mind" Brick Lane Gallery, Shoreditch London 2011 Press House and Leisure magazine,South Africa 2017 Summerwinter magazine, London 2017 Harpers Bazaar Australia 2016 Fresh Paint Magazine, London 2016 Flaunt magazine, London 2015 Sang Bleu magazine, London 2012 Mascular magazine, London 2012/15
BJ Broekhuizen - 'Portraits'
My inspiration comes from the colours and forms in South African culture. Using colour as language, my work is alive with emotion through the movement of the brushwork and the luscious layered colours. Much like memories, each painting or drawing is filled with layer upon layer of paint, building a rich history into each piece.
BJ Broekhuizen - 'Masks'
"A mask is suggested to confront the indignity and oppression suffered on a daily basis in an unjust society”
A mask transforms your persona, conjures up a certain atmosphere, and has an immediate impact. I've been fascinated by masks since my childhood. I find ethnographic cultures and rituals so interesting, anything that centres around bodies, faces and changed personas. It's a love that's been there forever. My paintings or drawings are a combination of mixed media works that involve oil, acrylic, inks and collage elements. Texture, surface treatments and colour are very important aspects of my work in order for each piece to have a very profound and compelling presence. Ultimately the masks are a symbol of protection, a talisman to ward off oppressive forces to you or the space they reside in.
BJ Broekhuizen - 'Line & Form'
In this series my creative process is about connection, to the beauty of the world, but also to my soul and spirit. My abstract works are created through intuitive responses while engaged with the work. The process is completely organic and spontaneous. The use of colour, bold shapes and patterns, and strong, simple graphic design elements feature strongly in my work. I tend to use colour as a means of highlighting and dramatising shape and form so that each image has a unique signature and presence, managing to blend the mysterious with a hint of the familiar which can’t quite be grasped.