gavin rain

Gavin RAIN
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Gavin rain was born in cape town on 23 march 1971. He studied art and neuropsychology at the university of cape town in the 80’s and 90’s. Rain has been painting his whole live, but started with pointillism around 2003/2004. He is influenced by Seurat, Russian avant garde art of the 1900’s and many architects. Earlier in his life, he planned to study architecture, to try and combine his two interests: art and mathematics.

In 2011, rain participated in the 54th venice biennale, in the republic of costa rica pavilion with an original portrait of nobel peace prize winner aung san suu kyi. In 2013, he is present in the Republic of Bangladesh pavilion with a work entitled 'lena'.

Up close, rain’s paintings consist of small concentric dots painted in different colors of acrylic paint. From a distance your eye puts these colors together into one. The further the viewer steps back, the clearer the portrait becomes.

He starts his paintings by making a sketch of the portrait he wants to paint. To decide the place of the dots on the canvas, he either uses a grid, made of strings, or projection. The grid takes about ten hours to make, but is more accurate then using projection, so Rain still uses both techniques. Then he picks the colors for the final dots. He starts by deciding the final color that he wants a dot to be and starts working backwards. Rain has a list of 14.000 different dots that he has made. Out of this list, he picks the combination that creates the color he wants.

Another important part of the technique is changing each dot size. The white canvas Rain uses as a background means that the smaller the dot, the more white background around it. So the bigger the dots, the darker an area gets and the smaller the dots, the lighter the area becomes. This, combined with the distant final color each dot makes is how the image is created. However, the colors of separate dots will merge together into a new color as well. So, it's not just each dot but also a combination of dots that makes the color.

Rain’s objective is to broaden people’s visual and cognitive horizons by showing them the fantastic and impossible. By combining his origins, his studies, aptitudes and personal talent, Rain has invented an art that is both unique and participative so that all who look at one of his paintings can perceive the convergence of two opposing pictorial styles: - the abstractness of the multitude of colorful concentric circles that thicken into dense and imperfect dots in relief
- and the figurative aspect of the image that is defined by the sum of these same dots as the viewer takes a few steps back.

It is precisely in this backing-off that the artist’s intended message lies: in order to acquire awareness of something that is concealed yet right in front of your eyes, or hidden in plain sight, you must distance yourself by moving backwards. His art is a clear invitation to ‘back off’, to create some distance in life as well, because as Gestalt psychology sustains, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. We must view the big picture, the whole, without worrying about isolated events or individual points of view.


exhibitions :


2013 venice biennale
2012 solo: venice
2012 ciao milan, milan
2011 venice biennale
2011 art hamptons
2011 art chicago
2011 arte accessibile, milan
2011 miart, milan
2011 per capita, tuscany
2011 art van der brugge, zug
2011 per capita, arezzo
2010 arte in fiera, belluno
2010 miart art now!, milan
2010 padova fiere, padova
2010 fineart 2010, kizo gallery, kwazulu-natal
2010 with keith calder, e-piphany fine art, cape town
2010 angels, grand provence, franschhoek
2009 african wave exhibition ii, venice
2009 solo: worldart gallery, cape town
2009 african wave exhibition i, trieste
2008 african wave exhibition 0, treviso
2008 solo: veo gallery, cape town
2008 erotica exhibition, kizo gallery, kwazulu-natal
2008 solo demonstration: heritage festival, kizo gallery, kwazulu-natal
2007 solo: patrice boussekey eclectic gallery, cape town
2007 solo: worldart gallery, johannesburg.
2006 solo: veo gallery, cape town
2006 group exhibition: in the flesh!, kknk,
2005 veo gallery with richard scott, cape town

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