Forthcoming exhibition a dual solo by Michael Beckurts and Gerrie van Tonder. Opens 26/11 at 14h30.
Gerrie van Tonder is a contemporary impressionist working in oils. He explores mostly interior and exterior spaces and the play of light and shadows on surfaces. He prefers to paint from life when possible, and is particularly adept at conveying moods and transient moments in time.
Not much descriptive content is provided by the work, and one’s response is almost exclusively the result of his application of light and colour.
His great love is the beauty and allure of the Karoo, a subject he constantly returns to.
He started painting at a young age and still paints continuously. He is mostly self-taught, as he has had no formal art training. In Cape Town he had art classes with Ryno Swart, who influenced him greatly.
He qualified as an architect in 1987 and has had his own architectural practice in Simon’s Town since the mid-90, apart from a five year break from 2010 to 2015 to paint full-time.
Cover and Featured Artist: South African Artist magazine, Issue # 20, 2015
Invited Artist: South African Artist magazine, Issue # 50, 2019
I try to restrain descriptive content in order to evoke the atmosphere, mood and introspection of abstract work. This delicate balance between the abstract and the representational is a continual challenge for me.
2015 solo exhibition White River Gallery, Casterbridge, White River
2014 solo exhibition Halifax Art, Parkhurst, Johannesburg
2013 group exhibition In Toto Gallery, Johannesburg
group exhibition Rust-En-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville, Cape Town
2012 exhibition Tina Skukan gallery, Pretoria
group exhibition Upstairs @ Bamboo, Melville, Johannesburg
2011 solo exhibition Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria
2006 – 2011 exhibit at Canterbury Gallery, Newlands, Cape Town