“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso

Meet Johannesburg based, young “aspiring” artist, Wesley Steyn. “Aspiring” being a term he uses loosely as he believes that “as soon as you’ve put time and effort into something meaningful, you can be classified as an artist.” The term aspiring also coincides with that fact that he is currently as student at The Wits School of Arts. The creative desire manifested itself in Steyn at a young age and when asked “why art?” he responded: “I get an indescribable feeling when I’m bringing my thoughts and ideas into being, in the form of a physical, living thing that will now occupy space in the world.” Artists draw creativity from various avenues and those creative juices evolve with time and growth of the artist. As of late, Steyn draws his inspiration from “the state of mind which majority of society find themselves. The blind following the outdated theories and philosophies, such as religion, which successfully paralyzes so many people’s ability to question their convictions , and why they believe in what they do. I want to make people more conscious of these things they choose to believe in and hopefully help many realize that things instilled in them from birth can be unlearned.” Alvin Toffler said: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” Steyn certainly isn’t one of the illiterate of our generation and has wisdom to bestow upon his counterparts. One such artist that imparts such wisdom onto Steyn himself is Canadian contemporary painter and photographer Kit King and if given the opportunity to meet her, he would.

So what does the future hold for this young man? He believes: “The thing about pursuing art is that one never knows what the future has in store.” While currently he is continuing his studies of which he has three years to go, he hopes to create a brand of art that speaks volumes to many people not limited to the fine art world. Look out for more of his work on his social media platforms, Instagram: @wesleysteyn_art and Facebook: Wesley Steyn Art



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