Serving Msunduzi through the Visual Arts
FOTAG Focus Articles
For a number of years the Natal Witness ran articles by FOTAG members. These articles called the FOTAG Focus discussed artworks from the collection on display.
Self Portrait as an Anachronism
by Robyn Smithies
The intensity of this piece immediately grabs one's attention. One finds oneself drawn into the penetrating gaze of the figure in the artwork. The use of words as well as image conveys the intention far more effectively than had it just been an image. The emotive quality of the words creates a new atmosphere and touches deeply on human emotion, in particular, aspects of the monotone blandness of a monotonous life.
This partnered with the simple yet powerful portrait, creates a challenging and thought-provoking artistic representation of the modern male. To me, this artwork conveys human emotion, and the passing of life, without romanticizing or dramatizing it. This is a highly expressive piece that seems to comment on our expected roles in society without saying too much, leaving open to interpretation.
Allowing so much up to interpretation is highly effective as it appeals to the viewer's curiosity and natural human response to delve deeper, the further quest for knowledge, as opposed to everything being self-evident. A powerful, emotive artwork.
The Tatham Art Gallery holds an Art Collection that contains significant British and French artworks dating back to the 18th century. Its South-African art collection is focused on, but not exclusive to, the art of KwaZulu-Natal.
The Tatham Art Gallery hosts a range of Art Exhibitions. These include traveling and researched exhibitions as well as exhibitions initiated by the Gallery and compiled from the collection.
A selection of current and archival articles from the Tatham Art Gallery. These articles provide a historical and contemporary perspective on the Gallery and the visual arts in KwaZulu-Natal.