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Gabrielle Raaff was born in 1970 in Johannesburg and lives and works in Cape Town. She graduated with a BAFA (HDE) from the University of Stellenbosch, in 1992.
"Raaff's works begin with a photographic image,. And while this image serves as a jumping-off point only, it seems that we are repeatedly brought back to the photographic process. It's as if the medium of photography, and its ability to fix an image is what piques her interest. "
The artist works with ethereality. She uses the media of ink, watercolour and water based oil as a vehicle for alluding to the form, the function and the emotion of her subject. Landscape and its reference both to actual place and places of the subconscious are what can be found lurking in her paintings.
Raaff's most notable earlier works in water-colour and ink capturing beach and city figures and aerial Google satellite images of distinctly different South African neighbourhoods, rely on a cool relationship between herself and the subject and revel in the abstract qualities of the view.
Recent works have seen a return to a more visceral use of water-based oil to help play out a more intimate painterly relationship with the subject."
Quotes by Paul Edmunds
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