Norval Foundation presents The Reunion: Georgina Gratrix, the first solo exhibition at a museum of the South African artist’s paintings.
The Reunion features 27 major artworks, completed between 2011 and 2020, and draws upon the holdings of the Homestead Collection, based at Norval Foundation, as well as loans from private lenders.
Georgina Gratrix (born Mexico, 1982) is known for paintings that feature expressive, impasto brushwork and humorous yet uncomfortable distortions of figures, objects and landscapes filtered through a color-saturated aesthetic.
For over a decade Gratrix has investigated how the painted image can both seduce and challenge a viewer while developing an immediately recognisable visual language that has a broad public appeal. Portraits of family and friends, as well as art-world insiders and social media icons, appear alongside oversized still life paintings of impossibly exuberant bouquets and, to a lesser extent, verdant landscapes recalling the province of KwaZulu-Natal where the artist grew up.
The Reunion is broadly divided into three parts. The first section displays Gratrix’s portraits of social figures based on images pilfered from social media platforms, newspapers, popular television series, films and society magazines.
The next section contrasts these archetypal figures with portraits of the artist’s family, friends and self-portraits, conveying, through densely layered paint and unusual manipulations of the human body.
The third and final section of the exhibition brings together a selection of Gratrix’s still life paintings. These are paintings of the heart, filled with flowers and birds, and are often massive in scale.
The Reunion is curated by Guest Curator Dr. Liese van der Watt.
Venue: Norval Foundation Art Gallery, 1 Ou Kaapse Rd, Steenberg Estate, Cape Town
Opening times: Mondays to Sundays 10am to 6pm | Closed on Tuesdays
Cost: Access Card R120 | unlimited entries for one year from date of purchase.