Saturday 14th July saw the opening reception of VR Gallery’s new exhibition Oceans Apart. Divided by an ocean, yet linked through art and friendship, Phuket based artist Robin Gillow and South African artist, Libby Harrison are now showing their newest work in this joint exhibit.
The artists have known each other since their early teens and both attended the (then) Johannesburg College of Art together. The exhibition’s ocean related theme, perfectly suits the art duo’s subject matter. Oceans apart in life, the styles of the work being shown are very different and suit a varied audience. The exhibition also offers a wonderful opportunity to experience South Africa and Asia in true colour.
In addition to the exhibition, each artist has donated a painting to be auctioned via the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek regatta to raise funds to promote sailing in Phuket for underprivileged children in Thailand. The paintings concerned will be on display at the VR Gallery until the regatta start, when they will be displayed at the regatta venue.
Libby Harrison is both an illustrator of children’s books and a fine artist. She has been drawing and painting for as long as she can remember and created her first cartoon character when she was five. For the past 25 years or so, she has been working from home in Cape Town.
Australian artist, Robin Gillow (nee Bullen) was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, but has lived in many countries.
VR Gallery is the successor to the mini gallery that existed at Mom Tri’s Boathouse for many years. The Boathouse gallery served as a venue for local and visiting artists. It is anticipated that the new VR Gallery will continue this tradition of bringing visual enjoyment for all.
Oceans Apart will run until will be held from 17th August 2012.
Photos Courtesy of Dan Miles