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About the Artist

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Gabrielle Raaff (b. 1970) is a South African painter who explores figurative and architectural forms within the urban realm. Working with the ephemeral qualities of watercolor and ink, she layers diluted pigments on substrates such as paper, canvas, raw linen, and primed board. Her figural works abstract pedestrians into studies of light and dark, devoid of context. The figures imply movement, intention, and a degree of familiarity while existing outside of a place or time. Her newest paintings explore the urban landscapes of Cape Town. While specific to the neighborhoods of her hometown, the pared-down compositions evoke a sense of both “everywhere” and “nowhere”.

Events & Exhibitions

From the Journal

From the Journal

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  • Meet
  • Gabrielle Raaff
  • South African artist Gabrielle Raaff tells us about her material preferences, growing up in Cape Town, and the figure in the urban environment.
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  • Inside the Studio
  • Visit with Gabrielle Raaff
  • Gabrielle Raaff shares her Cape Town studio space along with guiding words from past teachers and a peak at new works.