Gerald Tabata was born in 1975 and spent his childhood in Khayelitsha, CapeTown. Gerald was infatuated with art from a young age and was trained in a variety of disciplines including sculpture, phototgraphy and painting. He participated in the Community Arts Project (CAP) between the years 1988 and 1990, where he recieved further mentorship and training. He then became an artist in residence at Greatmore Studios in 2004, where he was a part of numeral group and solo exhibitions.
In 2006 Gerald took part in the Thupelo international arts workshop, collaberating with local and international artists as part of a creative cultural exchange programme.
His work is mostly about the human figure. He reflects on the individual’s beauty, optimism and pride in the context of social challenges such as injustice and inequality in South Africa. Using Strong textures to add dimension and depth.
Working in a refined, painterly technique with a thoughtful use of colour, Tabata is concerned primarily with evoking the mood and atmosphere of the township scenes synonymous to African culture. Critics have commented that his work has the touch of Rembrandt; with seductive impasto paint he sculpts figures using colour sparingly.
Artist: GERALD TABATA
Title: Woman is going to fetch some water
Size: 56 x 82 cm
Price: R 14 000 Unframed
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