Cape Peninsula born and bred artist Gerald Tabata.
Tabata’s history places him firmly within the framework of his artworks speaking to place, time and social politics. Whether waiting for a taxi, walking down the street, friends performing an impromptu hair-dressing service, or waiting for the world to turn, Tabata captures these moments.
The subjects that people his canvases, although framed by circumstances of poverty, carry on about their business of life; while some of the figures have become reduced to an anonymous symbol, they are not a caricature. The subjects do not engage with the viewer, in many instances the subject has their back turned, or is walking away, out of the picture frame, excluding the viewer from the narrative of their life.
Tabata states “As artists we stand for the people, we are the voice of the masses, we cannot keep quiet or pretend things are ok whilst they are not. We should expose poverty and make it our responsibility to let the world know our backyard problems.”
Gerald Tabata is a full-time artist who trained at Ruth Prowse School of Art and is proficient in many computer graphics programmes. He has participated in several group exhibitions, mainly at the Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town, and has developed his own enigmatic style and recognizable monochromatic palette.