This website is a brief look into the creative world of KarlGustav as digital artist, graphic designer, website builder and other creative ventures…
KarlGustav was born in 1964 in Kroonstad (Freestate, South Africa) and lives and works in Johannesburg (Gauteng), South Africa. KarlGustav started using a graphic tablet with infrared pen, personal computer and photo-manipulation software to create unique once-off images on either canvas, PVC, perspex or plexiglass.
Since 2015 KarlGustav is on a fulltime basis part of the art collective or artist duo AD-REFLEX with Johan Conradie.
In answering the question about his choice of tools, KarlGustav refers to the philosopher Roger Scruton’s view on originality in art: “ Originality is not an attempt to capture attention come what may, or to shock or disturb in order to shut out competition from the world. The most original works of art may be a genial application of a well known vocabulary… What makes them original is not their defiance of a past or rude assaults on settled expectations, but the elements of surprise with which they invest the forms and repertoire of a tradition. Without tradition, originality cannot exist for it is only against a tradition that it becomes perceivable.”