Multidisciplinary artist, Chris Denovan, has a solo exhibition titled Happy To See You at the State of the Art Gallery in Cape Town, from 10 – 26 September.
Denovan said: “We’ve all had an unexpected story in our lives that surrounds the COVID virus. Many, if not all of our plans for 2020 have changed. For me personally I should be on an art residency in Spain working towards a solo exhibition in Valencia. And now, in terms of that show, all that has changed is the location: being in my home town of Cape Town is a blessing as I’m surrounded by friends and family. We may not be able to connect truly but the knowledge that we’re close is a comfort.”
When it comes to his versatility to different styles of painting, Denovan said: “I love to experiment with my work and that produces many different effects and end results. One thing that remains a constant though is subject matter. I always focus on the human form and portraiture.
“Due to Covid-19 this new show on portraits has a further meaning. Coming close to people is now deemed a danger. We can’t see each other, we can’t get close. As I started to make these works in the “new normal” environment the symbolism behind painting faces took on a new meaning and became stronger. To me these portraits became live characters in my studio, people for me to interact with. They brought to mind moments and memories that I or others may have experienced before isolation. Time spent together amongst friends outside in the sun or perhaps by the sea.”
Denovan added that this show is about getting closer to people.
“That’s what I miss the most. I’m happy to be here and most of all I’m happy to see you, it’s been too long.”
Check out the show at State Of The Art or virtually here.
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