Gina van der Ploeg
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Archival inkjet image on Hahnemuhle German etching paper
29.7 x 42cm
Born in Zimbabwe in 1961, Robertson spent the early part of his journey as a visual artist in the film industry, freelancing as an art director in South Africa. Between film projects, he pursued his passion for photography, which was primarily a form of social commentary, often concerned with documenting marginalised lifestyles. He presents us with a lens into the unseen world – a liminal, in-between space that is at once undeveloped and developed – a space that is ‘becoming’. Combining his love of photography with his passion for painting, the artist fuses these two art-forms into a series of sensitive and captivating artworks. Robertson’s final images are photographs that have been transformed beyond the reality they originally portray, through a synthesis of gestural brushstrokes, expressive smears and the capturing of panoramic city scenes.