AGAC Top 25 Finalist - Quinton Lehnert - The Doubting Artist
Top 25 Finalist & Best Charcoal and Chalk Sketch in the AGAC 2023
- Artist: Quinton Lehnert
- Name: The Doubting Artist
- Size: 1150 mm x 850 mm
- Medium: Charcoal and chalk on paper
- Price: R45,500
Quinton Lehnert is a full-time South African artist, and he has been awarded as a Top 25 Finalist and Best Charcoal & Chalk Sketch in the ARTi Gallery Art Competition 2023!
About this piece:
By using unconventional methods like the integration of spray-paint in conjunction with charcoal and chalk, in a hyper realistic style, I have pushed this drawing to be more than a mere traditional drawing. My approach is aimed to depict Jesus as an ethereal being with a cooler and more reflective texture, even the background emanates in order to emphasize Jesus as a holy entity.
I believe the Holy Spirit inspired me to make this artwork. I have been going through a period of reconnecting to my source and what motivated me to start making art in the first place. When I saw the advertisement for this competition, I had no idea what I wanted to do, and a few weeks later, the image of Caravaggio's painting came up in a dream state, and it actually woke me up from my sleep. I knew I had to write down what I wanted to do for this project before I could go back to sleep. The image stuck in my mind and when I started working on my drawing, I found more closure.
About the Artist:
Meet Quinton Lehnert, a dynamic Bachelor of Fine Art graduate hailing from the University of the Free State, now making waves as a full-time visual artist in vibrant Johannesburg, South Africa. Quinton's artistic journey transcends mere commissions; he creates original masterpieces destined for prestigious competitions and art exhibitions, leaving an indelible mark in the world of contemporary art.
His portfolio boasts an impressive array of group exhibitions, spanning continents and cultures. From the Johannes Stegman Art Gallery in Bloemfontein to the Jan Rupert Art Centre in Graaff-Reinet, his work has graced diverse venues, including international spaces like the Espaço Caramujo exhibition in Lisbon, Portugal, and The Berlin Art Space in Madrid, Spain.
Quinton's artistry has found a permanent home in the African ArtBank's prestigious collection, a testament to his artistic prowess. He's also garnered recognition on the global stage, with three of his artworks featured in the esteemed "One Hour With The Model" catalogue, published by Igor Yermakov in Ukraine.
Driven by an insatiable ambition, Quinton has taken up the mantle of leadership as the acting president of the international art collective, Apollo Queer Art, comprising talents from seven different countries. His exploration of various mediums, from oil and digital painting to charcoal and digital drawing, printmaking, and photography, serves as a captivating reflection of his emotions, experiences, and journey of self-discovery.
Quinton's art speaks boldly of his sexuality, challenges societal norms, and delves into the complexities of psychology. With an unwavering dedication to his craft since childhood, he has honed his talent, transforming it into a profound expression of his passion and purpose. Quinton's distinctive style marries emotional depth with hyperrealism, taking viewers on a vivid journey through monochromatic charcoal drawings, vibrant oil paintings, and evocative digital creations.