Cobus van Bosch

The human condition in southern Africa, past and present,

has been the focus of Cobus van Bosch’s painting investigations in the last decade. Where Shakespeare emphasized the world as a stage, and men and women merely as players, Van Bosch’s portraits, and even landscapes, focus on the players, who, in Steve Toltz’s words, “carry suffering on their faces, and also bitterness if there’s room”.

Van Bosch paints mainly in oils, but his investigations into people and their experiences of events in southern African history also include wood carving, casts in metal and other conceptual projects.