The South African Landscape

This display, selected from the Gallery's permanent collection, features landscape paintings by South African artists. The paintings are as varied as the South African landscape, and show many different ways in which artists engage with their environment. To a greater or lesser degree, all of them deal with abstraction. Some images are easily readable as particular places while others merely suggest space. All retain an abiding respect for the two-dimensionality of the painted surface.

Terence King: Windpump (1), acrylic on board Terence King: Windpump (2), acrylic on board Terence King: Windpump (3), acrylic on board

Terence King: Windpump, acrylic on board

Landscape is used as a springboard for diverse personal exploration. There are challenges of suggesting spaces with marks and colour; engaging the viewer in experiencing particular weather conditions and landscape formations; and inviting consideration of environmental issues. Many of the paintings depict people, sometimes starkly visible and at other times almost dissolved in the landscape. Ultimately, each artist invites contemplation and emotional engagement with landscape.

Nichola Leigh: Sentinel, Hout Bay, oil on canvas

Nichola Leigh: Sentinel, Hout Bay, oil on canvas

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