Dave Robertson

Born in Zimbabwe and based in Cape Town, Dave Robertson is a

self-taught abstract painter, photographer and printmaker, who spent the

early part of his artistic journey, working in the film industry as an art-director.

In between film projects he would follow his passion for photography, which

was primarily a form of social commentary often concerned with

documenting marginalised lifestyles.

After winning a national award at Spier Contemporary 2010, for

'Paper Trails’, a photographic project documenting urban recyclers

in Johannesburg, he took a break from both photography and the

film industry to focus on painting. His first solo exhibition of abstract

paintings was with Worldart Gallery, Cape Town in 2011.

Since then Robertson’s paintings have been acquired by a variety of international collectors from the USA, Sweden, Australia and the UK. Local collectors include the South African Foundation for Contemporary Art (SAACA), AFDA, Nando’s and

Spier Arts Trust.

My creative process relies on my ability to react to whatever marks, gestures or brush strokes I make previously. I paint, then react to what is in front of me,
attempting to resolve the visual situation I have placed myself in. Working in this way, often on several artworks simultaneously and operating with varying degrees of confidence and uncertainty, I attempt to discover what the painting is trying to say to me. Presence and energy are important aspects in this process which
aims to convert something inert into something that can be responded to
emotionally. These paintings are often concerned with the in-between spaces which are not immediately apparent but can be found just under the ‘skin’ of the perceived physical world. A place where fact and fiction, objectivity and
subjectivity join hands in a dance that is often magical. Where our so-called
physical reality seemingly invites aspects of the metaphysical world to show
themselves in the work.

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