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Schalk's first solo exhibition will be held at the new Bright Creative Space in Woodstock on 4 December 2013. Bright, founded by Ross Chowles (Executive Creative Director,The Jupiter Drawing Room) is a place where creative souls will live. Hosting art lessons, workshops, lectures and occasional exhibitions. Basically a home for ideas and expression.

This Human Condition is a personal exploration of that part of the psyche that is rarely acknowledged. Modern day consensus thinking doesn't encourage truthful expression. Society expects us to remain ordered andhas little tolerance for those that embrace and celebrate the natural ebband flow of human emotions.

“To a large extent, this new work is self reflective. I'm fascinated by one’s personal evolution and over the last couple of months I’ve been very aware of my relationship to the creative process and how it's influenced by my emotional state at the time. Every day reveals something unexpected.

For me no painting is the same. I try and find expression in obscurity, beauty, nature, life and even the darkest despair. Evoking emotion and reaction is paramount and this work is actually a celebration of the Human Spirit," says Schalk.

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