Cape Town based artist Dave Robertson has been producing artwork and exhibiting
since the mid 90’s. Initially known for his photographic work, he has exhibited at several galleries in Germany, USA, the Netherlands and South Africa. His first photographic book entitled, Plakkerskamp 2003-2012 documents a marginalized community in the Western Cape, over a nine year period. This book won a prize at the Lëtzebuerger Buchpräis 2013, a national book award ceremony, in Luxembourg.
At the Spier Contemporary 2010 competion, Robertson won an award for Paper Trails, a documentary photographic project focusing on informal recyclers in Newtown, Johannes- burg. Immediately following this achievement, he began to focus intensively on abstract painting. In 2011 he had his first solo exhibition of abstract paintings at Worldart gallery in Cape Town. Since then he has exhibited paintings at several galleries in the Western Cape and Johannesburg.In 2014 he was selected to exhibit work in a significant group show; “Twenty years of Democracy”, which showed at the Appalachian State University, North Carolina, USA. My creative process is about manipulating information and impulses that present themselves to me, into some kind of order through which I can suggest a narra- tive or glimpse a hint of meaning. I am interested in conveying presence and energy onto the canvas – converting something inert into something that can be responded to emotionally. During this process it is my relationship with people that have the biggest influence on what finally settles on the canvas in front of me. I have an intuitive approach to painting, relying on my ability to react to whatever marks, gestures or brush strokes I made previously.