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It is not often that the curator of an exhibition is keen to point out that no one has heard of the featured artist. Nevertheless, Christopher Till is a little excited that Brian Bradshaw is practically unknown because it has meant his oeuvre is not spread across homes around the world, and he has the privilege of undoing its obscure status.
He plans to do this with a large retrospective at the keenly awaited Javett Art Centre in Pretoria, which opens in 2019. In the meantime, he has curated a teaser of sorts, a gentle prelude, presenting the art of the UK-born artist in the form of a small exhibition of gouache works at the Ava Gallery in Cape Town.
Gouache is a flat medium seldom used by fine artists. However, in Bradshaw’s hands, he uses it to create bold, bright abstract works that appear contemporary despite being made in the 1970s. As Till so aptly puts it, Bradshaw "energises skies, clouds".
In Desert Moon, for example, Bradshaw divides an evening landscape into three bars of...
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