John Vlismas (born 13 May 1973). He started by buying some paintings by South African artists. Then it gravitated to getting a canvas and some paint and soon he started experimenting.

“I started three years ago and it’s taken a heck of a lot of experiments. I am open about the fact that I am heavily influenced by Robert Hodgins and Francis Bacon. My work is about me going off my reservations as a comedian and wandering into a different bees-kraal; I paint figures, it’s distorted and vivid. This is just another way of me showing people how I see people, people are my favourite strange animal.”