As an art form, painting has in the past been admired, at times seemingly overlooked, and even at one point declared ‘dead’. Yet the act of taking brush to canvas is a creative process that resists containment and refuses to be subordinated by other popular, modern forms. From cave painting, through the Renaissance, and all the way to Jackson Pollock and David Hockney, it has survived. And it has recently, once again, begun to thrive. Having noticed a number of local artists making new art in this age-old way, we put together a list of 7 Contemporary Painters You Need to Know About. Barnard Gallery has also been taking note of these painters and their current show, Surface: Emerging Painters reflects painting’s relevance in contemporary art and its ability to hold humans’ fascination. The exhibition is a celebration of the dynamic creativity painting both allows and communicates.
Featuring the work of a select group of local artists, this exhibition shows how the medium is being redefined by up-and-coming painters in the context of contemporary South African art. From the evocative moods and textures of Sarah Biggs’ work to the dream-like creations of Alexia Vogel, the visible brushstrokes of Mia Chaplin, and the painted snapshots of Kirsten Lilford; each of the participating artists brings their own unique style and reflection to a painterly rendering of the world. Painting is explored as both a medium and its own subject, and is shown to inspire a variety of attitudes and approaches. Ultimately the exhibition is a showcase of beautiful and contemporary re-imaginings of this long-established, recently resurgent and ever-enduring practice.
See it until 19 March 2015.