UCT Irma Stern Museum
16/10/2019 UNTIL 26/10/2019
Gillian Solomon will give a walkabout on Wed 23 Oct at 11am
Walkabout: Wed 23 Oct at 11am
Opening hours: Tue-Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-2pm
Gillian Solomon MA
Gillian Solomon studied under Stanley Pinker, Martinus la Grange , Bruce Arnott and Peggy Delport at Michaelis, UCT in the eighties with drawing & painting her specialization. These people informed the how she uses colour & composition.
Heavy body acrylic on canvas and watercolour are the mediums she now uses as they retain the ability to stay crisp, dry fast and keep the work luminous. This gives her a work sense of spontaneity , fresh paint , a subtlety of colour and surface texture.
Solomon’s subject matter is collected from her relationships with those close to her . The family and friends she loves, over many years of drawing, and making sketches. Observing intimate moments at times such as births, deaths, weddings and other family celebrations, in Africa Italy, Spain, the UK these images emerge from her life , a visual diary. They record a her own and their psychological connection to one an other.
Man and wife, sisters, lovers, parent and child.
She is interested in the materiality of art and its ability to record images of those who are still with us as much as others who are not. Art as a remembering practice, to all those who remain in our mind and hearts.
After a first graduation in Fine Art Solomon worked as an art educator and psychologist continuing on to gain a Masters in Art Psychotherapy and in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at the University of Derby, Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, and the Beck Institute. She became a Diplomate of the prestigious Academy of Cognitive Therapy and interested in the importance of cognition in clinical practice. Her experience in South Africa demonstrated how cognition as image has become essential in the management and maintenance of widespread trauma , anxiety and depression.
She has written extensively in peer review journals and books about the use and importance of imagery in Cognitive Therapy in assessment. After retiring from the NHS she has been able to focus on her artwork, exhibiting in Somerset where she has a home. She returns to UCT to show her work at Irma Stern because the consolation of this domestic light filled space, brings her and us home to Irmas own intimate portraits .
She stopped painting between 1995 and 2017 whilst she ran a clinical practice, which she continues to do part time. Because of the similarities between her childhood in Yorkshire and her life on the Cape Flats she has been interested in showing her experience of the similarities we experience in our day to day life.
Her first solo show in 1992 titled 'The Jol series was opened by a William Kentridge at the Market Theatre. It was a great success and these images travelled on the Cape Town Trienalle, she then showed at Goodman. Gertrude Posel Gallery and the catalogue for Art and the Media is now housed in the Smithsonian Institute .
Since resuming painting she has contributed to numerous group shows in the UK.