Gabrielle Raaff

(b 1970South Africa. Lives and works in Cape Town)

Raaff's works begin with a photographic image as a springboard. The medium of photography, and its ability to fix an image, is what piques her interest. Raaff translates this into works using ink, watercolour and water-based oil as a vehicle for alluding to the form, function and emotion of her ethereal subjects.

Thematically, Raaff is interested in the space and arrangement of local South African neighbourhoods, and the everyday goings on of the people who inhabit them. Some works revel in the semi-abstract qualities of some vistas, while more recent works play out in a more intimate, painterly relationship with the subject.

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