Now residing in Melbourne, Eddie Botha was born in 1975 in Kimberley, South Africa. He produces illustrative work dubbed Modern Contemporary; resolutely humorous while contemplative about life’s more significant, ubiquitous issues. Eddie’s works respond to the cultural landscape of religion, lust, commercialism, the media and progression. He is particularly occupied with interrogating “the spaces in between people” – everyday moments of endless potential often overlooked as seemingly inconsequential.
The psychology of colours, shapes and relationships are central elements in Eddie’s practice. His colourful, tessellating forms frequently reference the idea of moving objects arrested in sequence. Eddie works with found objects, markers on board, paper and media imprints.
Eddie’s artworks are very much an expression of his surrounds, which range from the urban environment that he adores to the natural spaces that he loves. The relationships between people and objects, as well as people and their environments are what Eddie perceives as life’s essential fabric, and it is these relationships and mechanisms that often form the basis to his works.
Influences are abundant; the line figures and piquancy of Walter Battis, the graphic style of Keith Haring, the collages of Jean Michelle Basquiat, the colours and repetition of Andy Warhol and the human compositions of Jonas Burgert.
“Manga comics and Picasso played an important role in my youth and quite frankly hundreds of other everyday images influence me on a daily basis. Everything in life is really an influence. The colours of Africa, the vibrancy and culture of Malaysia, and Australia (especially the Aboriginal and Chinese Culture) have made a big imprint on my artworks and it will be ever evolving.”
Eddie Botha's artworks have previously been acquired by Bill Granger for his Tokyo branch.