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RACHELLE BOMBERG
 
 

Rachelle Bomberg was born London. She is the niece of renowned British artist, David Bomberg and protégé of the late Taubie Kushlik. Rachelle studied to receive a BA in Fine Art from the Johannesburg College of Art before moving to Cape Town in 1976. She also trained and danced with Jazzart.

Rachelle has exhibited in SA, Britain, US and Netherlands from 1976 to present. Her international success consists of 24 solo shows, 47 group shows and works held in private, corporate and public collections worldwide. Her first retrospective exhibition was held at Primart Gallery In 1994. A second retrospective was held at the Sasol Art Museum in 2012.

Rachelle’s dramatic, monumental paintings are powerfully imagined in the classical aesthetic of artists such as Turner and Rembrandt.

Her current viewpoint has shifted in focus from the large, symbolic figurative compositions of the early years to massive primordial landscapes, epic tempestuous pieces of an earth transfigured by fire, ice or the restless sea.

Access to modern pigment has aided her to find a method of rich luminous pigments, where the light and drama of her surface radiates. There is no doubt that these layers of pure pigment - finely held together by her medium and built from a white ground elicit radiance. 

Having trained and danced with Jazzart, Rachelle’s passion for movement has not wavered. She works on large scale canvasses, relishing the opportunity for free, poetic movement while she paints.

At the opening of 'Overview', a retrospective exhibition at the Sasol Art Museum, Melvyn Minnaar spoke of the “unyielding introspection about her way with art”. To view one of Rachelle’s artworks is to witness a dance, but not just any dance. It is a manifestation of the artist’s inner being and spiritual thoughts; to witness energy in a ceaseless state of ebb and flow, surrounding and immersing the viewer in ever-changing visions so alluring one feels compelled to reach out and touch them before they are dissolved and reimagined.

EXHIBITIONS

Present
Represented by The Gagliardi Gallery, London
Permanent exhibition at Windermere House
Work on display at Sembach Gallery, Hout Bay
Work on display at The Cape Gallery, Cape Town

2016
Current, a solo exhibition, The Cape Gallery, Cape Town

2013
Emunah Art Exhibition, Cape Town

2012
'Overview' of 30 years – a retrospective at the Sasol Art Museum, Stellenbosch

2010
Group exhibition, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town
Solo exhibition, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2009
Group exhibition, Artists' Gallery, Simon’s Town

2005
Group exhibition, Cape Town Arts Festival , Artscape, Cape Town   

2003
Solo exhibition, Conference Centre, San Diego, USA

2002
Solo exhibition, Obernier Gallery, San Diego, USA

2001-2
Group exhibition, Grosvenor Galleries, Cape Town

2000
Solo exhibition, Rust en Vreugd Gallery, Cape Town
Solo exhibition, The Cape Gallery, Cape Town

1999
Solo exhibition, Nico Malan Opera House, Cape Town
Group exhibition, 3rd i Gallery, Cape Town

1998
Group exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town
Group exhibition, Leiden Art Festival, Netherlands

1997
Solo exhibition, Primart Gallery, Cape Town

1996
Group exhibition, Albow Centre, Cape Town
Group exhibition, Christies of Constantia, Cape Town
Group exhibition, Rust en Vreugd Gallery, Cape Town

1995
Group exhibition, PJ Oliver art Centre, Stellenbosch
Group exhibition, Primart Gallery, Cape Town
Group exhibition, Annual Festival of Arts, Cape Town
Group exhibition, Seeff Art Gallery, Cape Town

1994
Solo exhibition, Primart Gallery, Cape Town
Group exhibition, Seeff Art Gallery, Cape Town
Group exhibition, Mt Nelson Hotel, Cape Town
Group exhibition, Mental Health Association, Cape Town

1993
Group exhibition, Salon, Bay Hotel, Cape Town
Group exhibition, Seeff Art Gallery, Cape Town
Group exhibition, Natale Labia Museum, Cape Town

1992
Group exhibition, Daljosafat Art Foundation, Paarl
Group exhibition, Desre Resnick Art Gallery, Cape Town
Group exhibition, Primart Gallery, Cape Town
Solo exhibition, The Ben Uri Art Gallery, London
Group exhibition, Cape town Festival, Cape Town
Group exhibition, Desre Resnick Art Gallery, Cape Town

1991
Group exhibition, Contemporary Art SA, Cape Town
Group exhibition, Gallery 709, Cape Town
Group exhibition, Primart Gallery, Cape Town
Group exhibition, Chelsea Gallery, Cape Town

1990
Group exhibition, Art Fair Waterfront, Cape Town
Group exhibition, Gallery 709, Cape Town
Solo exhibition, Chelsea Art Gallery, Cape Town

1989
Group exhibition, International Art Consultants, London
Solo exhibition, Primart Gallery, Cape Town
Group exhibition, Ben Uri Art Gallery, Cape Town
Group exhibition, Durbanville Cultural Centre, Cape Town

1988
Group exhibition, African Red Cross, Cape Town
Group exhibition, President Hotel, Cape Town

1987
Solo exhibition, SA Association of Arts, Cape Town

1986
Group exhibition, Gallery International, Cape Town

1984
Group exhibition, Nico Malan Theatre, Cape Town
Group exhibition, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

1983
Solo exhibition, Gowlett Gallery, Cape Town
Group exhibition, Gallery 709, Cape Town

1982
Solo exhibition, Gowlett Gallery, Cape Town
Group exhibition, SA Association of Arts, Cape Town

1981
Solo exhibition, Yellow Door, Cape Town
Solo exhibition, Lidchi Art Gallery, Johannesburg

1980
Charity exhibition, SA Association of Arts, Cape Town
Critic’s choice, SA Association of Arts, Cape Town

1979
SA Biennial, SA National Gallery, Cape Town
Solo exhibition, SA Association of Arts, Cape Town
Solo exhibition, Lidchi Art Gallery, Johannesburg

COLLECTIONS

Mercedes Benz Finance Ltd., Orchard Solicitors, Mase Westpack, Nidus Ltd., London
Takashimaya, Japan
Sanlam, Woltru, Foschini, SA Railways, former ANC Premier Gauteng, Tokyo Sexwale, Oliewenhuis Art Museum (Bloemfontein), Sasol Museum (Stellenbosch), South Africa

Milton Keynes General Hospital NHS - Public Trust Collection


Rachelle Bomberg photographed with Spring Tide (Photo by Michaela Irving)

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