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With an increasing focus on African Art around the world, Eclectica Contemporary aims to present a carefully selected and focused collection of art from the continent that interrogates the issues facing us in a globalized world. The art at Eclectica often shows practices and materials familiar from art history but which push these boundaries and explore uncharted territories of representation, technique and theory.
Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Eclectica Contemporary sees itself as an African gallery with an international vision. We celebrate the diversity and depth of art making on our continent while aiming to contextualize this for a growing global market.
Our program of exhibitions shows a mix of solo shows by gallery artists alongside curated group shows. In addition, the Eclectica Contemporary exhibition space has facilities for experimental, new media and project-based works.
Eclectica Contemporary welcomes Egyptian artist Ibrahim Khatab’s exhibition “Alive Memory” to it’s gallery. The work showcases the artist’s deep love of calligraphy through a collection of paintings, which demonstrate his love for colour, space and arabic script which all factor heavily in his art.
The painter Pablo Picasso once said “If I had known there was such a thing as Islamic Calligraphy, I would never have started to paint. I have strived to reach the highest levels of artistic mastery, but I found that Islamic Calligraphy was there ages before I was.”
Ibrahim Khatab’s appreciation for calligraphy resonates with that of Pablo’s. And he fell in love with the Arabic script when he was 10 year’s old. As such calligraphy and language is very central to Ibrahim’s designs and he favours the use of everyday “ slang” of the Egyptian language. He describes it as “language that can’t be read but just dealt with” – practical and functional.
American-born artist, Kara Taylor received her Bachelors of Fine Art from the Main College of Art in 1997 and proceeded to travel for three years while participating in a number of group shows in Maui and India. In 2000, Kara opened own gallery known as the ‘Kara Taylor Fine Art Gallery,’ in Massachusetts.
Throughout her practice, Taylor has used mixed media to build up her two-dimensional artworks, exhibiting a meticulous layering process thorough an understanding of the materials used. The Artist creates narratives that address dual notions of division and unity existing within social binary structures and cultural standards.
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