Gerald Tabata


 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.


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