Using perspective in artworks
Siyabonga Sikosana, born in 1978, paints pictures mainly of his home, Willowfountain, a township near Pietermaritzburg. Sikosana paints in a careful, exact style, as if he is determined to make a precise recording of what he sees (or, sometimes, imagines). His images are filled with humour, and human narrative – while also revealing difficult social conditions and the realities of being poor.
His careful observation of space, and his use of perspective, are very much part of this desire to accurately record what is there: an almost scientific approach to documenting the scene before him.
Talk About This
Can you see how Sikosana has applied two-point perspective? Where is he (or the viewer) in relation to this image? Can you find the eye-level? Where are the vanishing points?
Is his use of perspective accurate? Do you think this is important, or not, in considering how you respond to this image?