Gavin Rain reads between the lines of society and, with the use of celebrity/societal icons, manifests a subtle point of view for the onlooker, allowing the imagination to delve into a world within a world. You will get the whole picture and sometimes only the subtext of his mathematical work. Nonetheless, the work of this artist is intricately beautiful and is nearly too expensive for the South African art society/market – each painting sells for a R1000 a centimeter.
This fine artist set out to iconize the freedom fighter Aung San Suu Kyi. Unfortunately, it takes more than a painting to turn an individual into an icon. His work is sincere, and he is always seeking perfection in every piece. Gavin is learned about the history and evolution of man and art, which is apparent in the journey and workmanship of his craft.
Pointillism – a term born out of ridicule (during the time of the eiffel tower opening) to certain artists but now is a revered technique that involves the eye and mind of the artist to blend divided circular colour spots into a fuller image. This results in a mosaic like treat for the viewer, who can, depending on the artist, get lost in the painting and vivid spots of colour.
One can certainly get lost in the work of Gavin Rain, a Cape Town based artist who was prominent in the 2012 and 2013 Venice Biennale. To view his work visit, WorldArt 54 Church Street near Green Market Square.