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03 Feb 2024 - 03 Mar 2024

Summer Exhibition Kupenda Africa Gallery

Montagu Events - Summer Exhibition Kupenda Africa Gallery
‘People and Places’ a collection of original paintings by Jan Andre Raats from his work as a humanitarian in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Jan is a Professional Artist who moved recently to Montagu from Knysna and has his Studio on the first floor at Kupenda Africa Gallery.

A Top 10 Finalist at the Swiss Art Expo in Zurich, he is the Winner of the 2023 CASA Del ARTE, Art Prize for his acrylic and repurposed plastic water bottle butterfly painting ‘Kalahari Sunflower’ which will be on exhibition, together with the original paining, from the Great North Road, Botswana.

Drawing on his twenty years’ experience as a humanitarian, he harnesses the emotion of chaos and conflict to capture the untold stories on canvas. His painting style uses only his fingers to create vibrantly colourful Impressionistic images. Jarring angles and intense colours give way to flowing curves and pockets of calm. His work captures a moment, a feeling, an expression.

Covid influenced his current body of work that incorporates hand-cut repurposed plastic water bottle butterflies. His work addresses the concept of ‘Sustainable’ in the growing urgency to protect our heritage. Taking inspiration from the Abstract Expressionists he employs mark-making techniques with plant material to create
abstract artworks.

He has recently exhibited at the Imibala Gallery in Graaff-Reinet; the Old Goal in Knysna; and at SCAVA, in George. His work can be found in numerous private collections, as well as at UN City, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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