LAST SUPPER – Parisian Laundry, Montreal, 2005

John K. Grande

We seek a new paradigm or an alternative reading as our understanding of the relativity of all things, including religious perspectives, grows.  Any reading of a religious or historical event is ultimately inaccurate, even fictional, though the way we understand the historical process itself may lead to certain truths.  Deon Venter’s paintings are part of this artist’s search for meaning.  This search involves memory, recognition, history, and ultimately a sense of personal identity less caught up in stereotypes than in the moment of self recognition that accompanies any real inquiry into our state(s) of being.  The art historical paradigm is referenced, and freely (re)interpreted.