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JOBURG Style online editorial on prominent SA Abstract Artist
During High School, artist Hilton Edwards’ desire was to do volunteer work in Africa to help the underprivileged. However, dictated by material conditioning, he decided to pursue a career in finance and accounting instead. At 23 he gave up studying and articles. “I was in search of a higher meaning in life. I renounced the material world and western ideology and spent eight years as a celibate monk in ashrams across the world, including India.”
Hilton studied Vedic Philosophy and Religion and graduated with a B.Shastri in West Bengal. He received first and second initiation by a prominent Bengali guru, His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami, in the lineage of Gaudiya Vaisnavaism. He spent a total of five years in India, three of which were spent on an artist sabbatical in Anjuna, Goa.
“In the mornings I make myself a cup of jogi chai, followed by Hatha yoga, offering my respects to mother earth, the sun, God, my guru, and our Vaishnava lineage. This is followed by Surya Namaskar yoga. I then to a chakra balancing for approximately 10 minutes with my ancient Boji Stones. Then I chant the maha mantra on my japa beads for an hour.”
A mixture of a bohemian and jogi would fully describes who this artist is. “I consider myself the Damien Hirst of South African abstract Art. Anti art experts, anti mainstream SA Art. Anti ‘art’.”
Hilton is a prolific and very productive painter and is influenced by Rothko and Alberto Burri. “My favourite artist at the moment is the UK based Anish Kapoor.”
His most recent solo exhibition ‘Journey Into Abstraction’ took place at the Centurion Art Gallery in June. Hilton reveals the intrigues of consciousness, Vedic philosophy and the beauty and spirituality of nature in a variety of abstract styles.
He has received tremendous recognition and a host of accolades in a very short time. His work adorns numerous high-end spaces, including the Standard Bank Head Office, FNB and the Saxon Hotel, among others, and is prized by collectors from around the globe. He seeks to explore the organic, the imagination and the interconnectedness of everything through artful abstraction that challenges viewers to question how they perceive the world.
“I love Africa, its people, its culture.My solace is my art, and I live to produce it.”
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Hilton Edwards is showcasing his art collection at the Alice Art Gallery in Ruimsig.
The exhibition takes place from 1 August and ends on the 9 August.
Edwards, who has been an abstract artist for 20 years, says that he called his exhibition ‘Change of Heart’ because his art has changed since he began his artistic career. “At the beginning I was influenced by warm African colours, design and culture which I painted for about seven years,” he said.
Edwards admitted that he left behind his finance auditing studies to pursue a career in art and since then he has never looked back.
“Art is something that lies within me and I must take it out and I do this through painting. All my work is original as I don’t copy any other artist,” Edwards said.
He painted from 2006 until 2009, thereafter he embarked on a sabbatical to India. He added that even in India he continued to paint and sold some paintings. Edwards described his newer art works as being colourful, action paintings that he says are more emotional and describe his state of mind.
Edwards does not only use paint on canvass for his artworks but also sand and sack material among other variables.
“I have no formal training in the arts but always felt creative and I knew that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” he said. Edwards added that he gets spurts of energy, which drive him to paint for days on end and in that frame of mind he creates his art.
He does not title his art work and leaves the interpretation up to the observer. “Everyone sees things differently and painting is like a window to the soul,” he said.
His artworks are modestly priced because he says that he wants his supporters to enjoy his work and have easier access to it.
Edwards added that social media has helped to make art more accessible to the public. He advised upcoming artists to persevere as the art world is not easy to crack.