I’m looking forward to seeing Gabrielle Raaff’s show In Our Midst, opening on Thursday night at Muti Gallery. Raaff paints using watercolours to paint large-scale images of the planes and surfaces of a city, as well as anonymous faces in fleeting crowds.

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About her medium, the artist has this to say:

<!–[if gte mso 9]> 72 1024×768 <![endif]–><!–[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false <![endif]–><!–[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]–>’Watercolour has the tendency to be quite sweet and kitsch. It has all the traditional associations with romantic pastoral landscapes. Yet I’ve always lived in the city and have been surrounded by the noise and people within the urban environment. The city landscape offers various perspectives and geometric planes and suraces from rooftops to roads to windows. All these I find very interesting. I think what also interests me about the urban environment is the contrast between the crowd and the individual.’

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Muti Gallery has no website, but it can be found at 3 Vredehoek Avenue in Cape Town’s city bowl, and In Our Midst opens on Thursday 23 April at 18h30. See more of Gabrielle Raaff’s work at her website.