This exhibition, Returning the Gaze, at The Cape Gallery, 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.
Returning the Gaze is 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 inanimate 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.
Participating artists in Returning the Gaze
Tyrone Appollis, Tania Babb, Gregoire Boonzaier, Lesley Charnock, Patrick Cordingly, Bill Davis, Sylvia de Villiers, Enslin du Plessis, Nora Fosie, Katrine Harries, Jeanne Hendriks, Hilary Iwanski, Barry Jackson, Niel Jonker, P.C. Janse van Rensburg, Estelle Kenyon, Robert Koch, Natalia Kononova, Boyce Magandela, Adolfo Mcque, Ashar Sandile Mhlongo, Ivan Mitford Barbeton, Kim Mobey, Xolile Mtakatya, Nola Muller, Makiwa Mutomba, Elijah Ndarama, Tendai Nhavira, Sophie Niemann, Lizo Pemba, Tracy Payne, Mareli Quenet, Veronica Reid, Ann Marie Roberts, John Robert, Alexander Rose Innes, Roelof Rossouw, Thulani Shuku, Solomon Siko, Velile Soha, Gerald Tabata, Johannes Meintjies, Meshak Thembani, Tyrrel Thaysen, David Thorpe, Judy Wepener, Judy Woodborne, Peter van der Westhuizen, Gerbrand van Heerden, Laurel Zahn.
WHERE: The Cape Gallery. 60 Churc Street, Cape Town 8001
WHEN: 6 – 28 June 2019 Mon to Fri: 09h30 to 17h00, Sat: 10h00 to 14h00