Gavin Rain

Gavin Rain
23.03.1971 (Cape Town)

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biography

Gavin Rain was born in Cape Town on 23 March 1971. He studied Art and Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town in the 80’s and 90’s. Rain has been painting his whole life, but started with pointillism around 2003/2004. He is influenced by Seurat, Russian avant garde art of the 1900’s and many architects.  Earlier in his live, he planned to study architecture, to try and combine his two interests: art and mathematics.

Artworks and technique
Up close, Rain’s paintings consist of small concentric dots painted in different colors of acrylic paint. From a distance your eye puts these colors together into one. The further the viewer steps back, the more clear the portrait becomes. 
He starts his paintings by making a sketch of the portrait he wants to paint. To decide the place of the dots on the canvas, he either uses a grid, made of strings, or projection. The grid takes about ten hours to make, but is more accurate then using projection, so Rain still uses both techniques. Then he picks the colors for the final dots. He starts by deciding the final color that he wants a dot to be and starts working backwards. Rain has a list of 14.000 different dots that he has made. Out of this list, he picks the combination that creates the color he wants. 

Another important part of the technique is changing each dot size. The white canvas Rain uses as a background means that the smaller the dot, the more white background around it.  So the bigger the dots, the darker an area gets and the smaller the dots, the lighter the area becomes. This, combined with the distant final color each dot makes is how the image is created. However, the colors of separate dots will merge together into a new color as well. So, it's not just each dot but also a combination of dots that makes the color. 

Message
Rain’s objective is to broaden people’s visual and cognitive horizons by showing them the fantastic and impossible. By combining his origins, his studies, aptitudes and personal talent, Rain has invented an art that is both unique and participative so that all who look at one of his paintings can perceive the convergence of two opposing pictorial styles: the abstractness of the multitude of colorful concentric circles that thicken into dense and imperfect dots in relief, and the figurative aspect of the image that is defined by the sum of these same dots as the viewer takes a few steps back.
It is precisely in this backing-off that the artist’s intended message lies: in order to acquire awareness of something that is concealed yet right in front of your eyes, or hidden in plain sight, you must distance yourself by moving backwards.  His art is a clear invitation to ‘back off’, to create some distance in life as well, because as Gestalt psychology sustains, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. We must view the big picture, the whole, without worrying about isolated events or individual points of view.


literature

2015 Gavin Rain, Catalogue 2015, On demand Editions, Italy 2015.
2013 Francesco Elisei & Fabio Anselmi eds., SUPERNATURAL, Pavilion of People’s Republic of Bangladesh, 55th Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte La Biennale di Venezia. Turin 2013, p. 92 - 101.


Exhibitions

2018 - Art New York, USA

2018 - Art Palm Beach, USA

2017 - Art Miami, USA

2017 - PAN Amsterdam, the Netherlands

2017 Modern Masters, SmithDavidson Gallery, Miami, USA

2017 Time Suspended II, SmithDavidson Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2017 Art New York, New York City, USA

2017 County Day School, Miami, USA

2017 Zona Maco, Mexico City, Mexico

2017 Solo Show, Smith-Davidson Gallery, Amsterdam

2017 Art Palm Beach, Smith-Davidson Gallery

2017 TEFAF, Smith-Davidson Gallery, Maastricht

2017 Art New York Smith-Davidson Gallery, New York

2016 Contemporary Istanbul, Villa del Arte Galleries, Istanbul

2016 Art Miami, Smith-Davidson Gallery, Miami

2016 Solo Show, Bugno Art Gallery, Venice, December

2016 Summer Loving, Smith-Davidson Gallery, Amsterdam

2016 Art Miami, Miami, USA

2016 Mix and Match Exhibition, SmithDavidson Gallery Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2016 Art New York, New York, USA

2016 TEFAF Maastricht, The Netherlands

2016 The Armory Show , Smith-Davidson Gallery, New York 

2016 Art New York, Smith Davidson Gallery, New York

2016 TEFAF, Smith Davidson Gallery, Maastricht

2015 Art Miami, Smith-Davidson Gallery, Miami

2015 Context Miami, Galeria Alfredo Ginocchio, Miami

2015 Arte Padova, Bugno Art Gallery, Padova

2015 Cape Town ArtFair with WorldArt Gallery, Cape Town

2015 Cerruti Arte, Genova

2015 Art Miami, Miami, USA

2015 PAN Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2015 Global Art Exhibition, SmithDavidson Gallery Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2015 TEFAF Maastricht, The Netherlands

2015 The Armory Show, New York City, USA

2014 Art Miami, Miami, USA

2014 PAN Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2014 Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco, San Mauro, USA

2014 Solo: ’From a Distance', Leslie Smith Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2014 TEFAF Maastricht, The Netherlands

2014 Contini Art UK, London

2014 Cerruti Arte, Genova

2014 Nassau Museum, Long Island New York

2014 WorldArt, Cape Town

2014 From A Distance, Leslie Smith Gallery, Amsterdam 

2014 Art Miami with Leslie Smith Gallery

2014 PAN Amsterdam with Leslie Smith Gallery, Amsterdam

2014 Art Silicon Valley with Leslie Smith Gallery, San Francisco

2014 Arte Padova with Per Capita Art Gallery, Padova

2014 TEFAF with Leslie Smith Gallery, Maastricht

2014 Cape Town ArtFair with WorldArt Gallery, Cape Town

2014 Art Los Angeles with Leslie Smith Gallery, Los Angeles

2013 Immagina Arte Reggio Emilia with Per Capita Art Gallery, Reggio Emilia

2013 Cape Town Art Fair with World Art, Cape Town

2013 Arte Padova with Per Capita Art Gallery, Padova

2013 Amsterdam Art Fair with Leslie Smith Gallery, Amsterdam

2013 Miami Art Fair with Leslie Smith Gallery, Miami

2013 Cape Town ArtFair with WorldArt Gallery, Cape Town

2013 Supernaturalism, Bangladesh Pavilion for the Venice Biennale, Venice

2013 Leslie Smith Gallery, Amsterdam

2013 La bellezza salverà il mondo, Cerrutti Arte, Genova

2013 Metamorfosi, Palazzo Firenze 

2013 Gavin Rain-Lena, Kyo Art Gallery, Viterbo

2013 Venice Biennale, Italy

2012 Ciao Milan, Milan, Italy

2011 Venice Biennale, Italy

2011 Art Southampton, U.S.A.

2011 Art Chicago, U.S.A.

2011 MiArt, Milan, Italy

2011 ART van der Brugge, Zug, Switzerland

2011 Per Capita, Arezzo, Italy

2011 Costa Rica Pavilion for the Venice Biennale, Venice

2011 ART van der brugge, Zug

2011 Per Capita, Arezzo

2010 With Keith Calder, E-Piphany Fine Art, Cape Town 

2010 Angels, Grand Provence, Franschhoek 

2010 MiArt Art Now!, Milan, Italy

2010 With Keith Calder, E-Piphany Fine Art, Cape Town, South Africa

2010 Angels, Grand Provence, Franschhoek, South Africa

2009 African Wave exhibition II, Venice, Italy

2009 Solo: WorldArt gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2009 African Wave exhibition I, Trieste, Italy

2009 Cityscapes, WorldArt gallery, Cape Town

2009 African Wave exhibition II, Venice

2009 African Wave exhibition I, Trieste

2008 African Wave exhibition 0, Treviso 2008 Erotica Exhibition, Kizo Gallery, Kwazulu-Natal

2008 Demonstration: Heritage Festival, Kizo Gallery, Kwazulu-Natal

2008 African Wave exhibition 0, Treviso, Italy

2006 Group exhibition: in the Flesh!, KKNK, South Africa

2006 Group exhibition: in the Flesh!, KKNK

 

 


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