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Bay artist explores the language of the human body in solo show at National Arts Festival 2018

By Liesl Silverman - Jul 3, 2018
Bay artist explores the language of the human body in solo show at National Arts Festival 2018

Nelson Mandela Bay artist, Bretten-Ann Moolman, has spent the last two years exploring the silent language of emotions expressed through the human body, in her paintings, which are currently on exhibition at the Trinity Hall at the National Arts Festival, in Grahamstown.

The ‘Human Gestures’ exhibition opened on the 28th of June and will run until the end of the Festival on the 8th of July.

“These paintings are my attempt to translate through painting, the emotion of the unspoken word that is often only visible through body language” said Moolman.

Moolman’s characteristic style blurs the boundaries between representational and abstract painting. Her brushstrokes evoke human forms and their subtle gestures, postures and movements. Her ‘human gesture’ paintings convey emotion, mood and relationships which can be interpreted subjectively by the viewer.

“In a world where technology has created an insular existence, I hope to provoke an emotional response to the artworks. Viewers can identify with the universal language of the human body that defies cultural and linguistic barriers” added Moolman.

There are a few large works on exhibit, but the exhibition is largely made up of a hundred intimately sized paintings that measure 18X18cm, that give the viewer a ‘slice of life’.

‘Human Gestures’ follows on the success of Moolman’s ‘Fragments of Land’ series shown in 2016 at the National Arts Festival and at the William Humphries National Art museum, which acquired a number of her artworks for their permanent collection.

Moolman the owner and director of the Art School, Art on Target, in Port Elizabeth, has been a regular exhibitor at the National Arts Festival since 1996.

She has also exhibited widely in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Gauteng, and her works are to be found in private collections in South Africa and abroad.

This is the first time that the entire human gestures collection is shown all together. Make sure not to miss this amazing artist and her work at the Trinity Hall in Hill Street, Grahamstown.

For more information contact: Bretten Anne Moolman- 083 728 5295