54 Church Street
Monday – Friday
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 13:00
WORLDART is a vibrant Cape Town based gallery that specialises in contemporary art with a leaning towards urban and pop art.
WORLDART specialises in managing and marketing contemporary South African artists and their work, catering to the needs of those who appreciate and acquire art. Operating from its premises in Cape Town’s CBD, WORLDART introduces local and international buyers to exciting new works in an intimate gallery space and regularly hosts exhibitions in various venues in South Africa. It also assists clients in sourcing quality artworks for corporate and private art collections.
Established in 2004, this gallery has since become one of the premier art galleries in Cape Town. The art shown is contemporary with a leaning towards urban and pop styles in painting.
Most observers of art are familiar with Gavin Rain’s arrangements of colourful dots that surprise by morphing into portraits of iconic people when they step back or look at the paintings through the camera on their cell phones.
This style of painting has won Rain accolades the world over with galleries in major cities regularly showing his paintings at exhibitions and art fairs. As a result he has not had a solo exhibition in South Africa since 2009 and WORLDART is pleased to host his first since then at its gallery in Cape Town. The exhibition will open on Thursday 3 October and will run through to 31 October 2019. Years of marrying art and mathematics has led to Rain perfecting and expanding his technique and visitors can expect new designs and formations.
It will also be the launch of a new range of screen prints produced in conjunction with Master Printmaker and founder of Warren Editions, Zhané Warren. All this while staying true to the original idea; that one should step back to see the bigger picture. In art as in life.
Gavin Rain (b. 1971) lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. He has painted since childhood and started with pointillism in 2003.Influences include Seurat, the Russian Avant garde art of the 1900’s and many architects. He originally intended to study architecture in the hope of combining his two interests – art and mathematics – but ended up obtaining a degree in Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town before studying art the Ruth Prowse School of Art.
In 2011 Rain participated in the 54th Venice Biennale at the Republic of Costa Rica pavilion with a portrait of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi and again in 2013 at the Republic of Bangladesh pavilion with a work entitled ‘Lena’. Rain’s objective is to allow the viewer to perceive the convergence of two opposing pictorial styles: the abstractness of the colourful concentric circles that thicken into dense 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 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. We should view the big picture, the whole, without being too concerned about isolated events or individual points of view. As Gestalt psychology sustains, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.