ABOUT ORLY RABINOWITZ
Orly spent her early years on a farm in Namibia. The arid desert landscape, wide open spaces, silence and isolation nurtured imaginative thought and contemplation. After teaching for many years in England and South Africa and having founded her own Art School for children and adults, her focus shifted to painting. The light, colours, textures and rhythms of the South African landscape and the forces of nature infiltrate the paintings. Merging the conscious with the unconscious she continuously explores unknown territory, finding connections between things seen and unseen, between the personal and the communal.
Orly Rabinowitz graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art with a BA (Art) and HDE (Post Graduate in Secondary Education) at UCT in 1979.
‘For me, painting is a physical, emotional and cerebral experience, inspired by nature, the human condition and the materiality of paint itself. I work from memory slowly building up a surface with colour, line, brushstroke and texture, to reflect a transformative and dynamic process. I strive to employ a balance between spontaneity and restraint. There is always an interplay between the internal and external landscape and the shifting visual relationships. My paintings, much like their subject matter, continue to evolve with the changing light and the viewers own perception.
The Changing Landscape (2018)
In the last couple of years, I have been exploring themes of transition and fluidity, whilst navigating psychological and geographical boundaries, creating new spaces and configurations. I have also been looking at ideas of fragmentation and cohesion within fluid structures as observed in the natural environment and in human relationships.
The ‘Frontiers1-6’ series are of the earth and in doing them I felt as though I was an explorer, physically standing on the precipice of a new landscape to navigate. I am looking outwards and embracing change. Letting go of self-imposed restrictions and fear, to gain access to what is beyond the frontiers emotionally and technically. To reveal the beauty and the beast within and my reverence for the exquisiteness and inherent order found in nature. ‘Frontiers 1-6’ feels like a gateway to a new sense of freedom.’
2013 ‘MEDITATIONS’ – CULTURE (URBAN+ CONTEMPORARY) GALLERY, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
2018 ‘FRONTIERS I-VI’ SERIES – EBONY/CURATED, FRANSCHHOEK SQUARE, SOUTH AFRICA
2018 ‘AUTUMN EXHIBITION’ – DIE KUNSKAMER, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
2017 ‘COLOUR CHART’ – EBONY/CURATED, FRANSCHHOEK, SOUTH AFRICA
2016 ‘CHRISTMAS GROUP EXHIBITION’ – IS ART, FRANSCHHOEK, SOUTH AFRICA
2016 ‘SUMMER EXHIBITION’ – DIE KUNSKAMER, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
2016 ‘THE SPACE BETWEEN’ – SOUTH AFRICAN JEWISH MUSEUM, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
2016 ‘SUMMER EXHIBITION’ – EBONY/CURATED, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
2014 ‘THE SECRET LOVE PROJECT’ – CULTURE (URBAN + CONTEMPORARY) GALLERY, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
2013 ‘EMUNAH’ ART AUCTION – PRESIDENT HOTEL, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
2013 ‘FIRST THURSDAYS AT EBONY’ – EBONY/CURATED, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
2011 ‘THE SEVEN AGES OF MAN’ – MARCUS GALLERY, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA