The Cape Gallery: Returning the Gaze

Returning The Gaze is a selection of portraits by local artists  on view from 6 – 28 June 2019 at The Cape Gallery.

This exhibition is a collection of portraits, not constrained by the need to depict, record or empower, but a compulsion to be captured or capture another, a moment their essence,
their kinship or their beauty. A celebration of people!

“We ask you to cast a backward gaze, recognize some of the personalities portrayed, to reflect and recollect upon those who have influenced our lives. Ordinary people, icons or muses; portraits commemorate those who have broken the mould, set a trend, provoke us or embody personalities and can move us to view the world another way.”

It takes skill from a perceptive artist to achieve a human likeness in in animate matter and capture the imagination of the onlooker. The Illusion of vitality invested in a portrait defies change or decay, any expression of emotion is transfixed in time.In recognising the identity and the relevance a portrait there has to be a personal response. The disposition of the viewer, their aspirations, culture, and religion, political or historical orientation will be engaged and contribute to the manner in which a portrait is viewed.

Artists exhibiting include:

Painting & Graphics

Tyrone Appollis, Bentley, Gregoire Boonzaier, Lesley Charnock, Peter Clarke, Patrick Cordingly, Bill Davis, Sylvia de Villiers, Enslin du Plessis, Nora Fosie, Katrin Harries, Elizabeth Harrington, Jeanne Hendricks Hendriks, Hilary Iwanski, P.C. Janse van Rensburg, Estelle Kenyon, Robert Koch, Natalia Kononova, Rosemary Lapping Sellars, Boyce Magandela, Adolfo Mcque, Ashar Sandile Mhlongo, Mandisi Mncela, Nola Muller, Makiwa Mutomba, Elijah Ndarama, Tendai Nhavira, Hennie Niemann, Sophie Niemann, Lizo Pemba, Tracy Payne, Kim Mobey, Xolile Mtakatya, Mareli Quenet, Veronica Reid, Ann Marie Roberts, John Robert, Alexander Rose Innes, Roelof Rossouw, Thulani Shuku, Solomon Siko, Velile Soha, Rosie Sturgis, Gerald Tabata, Johannes Meintjies, Meshak Thembani, Tyrrel Thaysen, David Thorpe, Judy Wepner, Peter van der Westhuizen, Gerbrand van Heerden, Laurel Zahn.

Ceramics & Sculpture

Barry Jackson, Ivan Mitford Barbeton, Lippy Lipshitz, Rosy Sturgis, Tanya Babb, Niel Jonker, David Kuijers, Kim Mobey.

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