‘COLOURGROUND’ – JOHN NEWDIGATE, 14 MAR – 02 MAY 2020
John Newdigate is one of South Africa’s most celebrated ceramicists and artists. Living in the mountainous Overberg region of the Western Cape, he is inspired by terrestrial themes, abstracted forms and colours drawn from the natural environment around him. He is an exuberant colourist and specializes in painting hand-built, porcelain vessels with underglaze pigments. Newdigate exploits colour to its full advantage, using multiple washes to build up subtle rich layering. Complex, translucent and radiant imagery emerges from a mix of sharp and blurred lines which give depth and perspective. A variety of themes recur in his work, most notably plants and animals that are used to make wry commentary on human emotions and interactions.