Raymond John Westraadt – (1961 – )
P E Technikon 1980 Foundation Studies
2006 Dumisane Mabaso (print making)
2007 Pieter Janse van Rensburg (painting)
Lavender Barn 2002 (joint with Frans Boekkooi and Rick Becker)
Nieu Bethesda 2005 Fugard Festival
The Coral Tree 2006 Joint with Dumisane Mabaso
Chocolat Art 2007 – 2012 Graaff-Reinet
Nieu Bethesda 2010 “The Road less travelled” (Joint)
Chocolat Art 2012 to current – Port Elizabeth
KKNK 2012 Oudtshoorn (solo)
NAF Grahamstown 2013 (joint with Mishak Masuku)
State of the Art 2014 (Cape Town – online)
GFI (Ron Belling) 2014 Port Elizabeth
Cuyler Street Gallery 2014 Port Elizabeth (joint)
NAF Grahamstown 2014 “abandonment” (solo)
William Humphreys 2015 “memories of the inevitable” (solo)
NAF Grahamstown 2015 “memories of the inevitable II” (solo)
Nieu Bethesda 2015 Karoo Modern (joint)
Germany 2015 Certificate of Excellence 2015 – Palm Art.
NAF Grahamstown 2016 “Anthropology of Tractors”
Firefly Innovations 2016 International listing – Online Art platform
Art Compass 2016 2016 International Book Listing – Europe & USA
Just Painting 2016. 2016 – 2017 NMMAM Port Elizabeth. (joint)
“growing up in a city where the brutal and painful dismantling of an entire way of life was once deemed legitimate, I began to understand the careless disregard of man in an attempt to improve. We have become a moving mass, so easy to dispose of things and this reaches down into our very core, even the shelter we call home. South End, Port Elizabeth (up to 1969) was my birthplace and the systematic destruction of this neighbourhood in the name of progress has a great influence on the way I work and the images I produce.
My way of protesting this action is to try and stimulate a remembrance, the conscience thoughts of people by exposing them to that which looks and feels familiar, that which we grew up with – the old way of life when things seemed simpler.
The buildings I paint reflect an attitude rather than an image, abandonment and despair, but with reference to hope albeit only in our minds-eye. The starkness of the buildings in a desolate background will serve as an intense focus on the story behind the lives that drifted through these buildings and not so much the building itself. Although the buildings are devoid of life, the observer is left to draw their own conclusions as to the many stories that the image may evoke in them.
The images may have been born out of my intense appreciation of Surrealism, but the approach adopted by artists such as Edward Hopper wherein discourse constantly nags at the subconscious, is a constant driving force in my work.”
~ Raymond John Westraadt
Article in the June 2017 edition of the SAJBL by Prof. Dr. C Grobler. Very honoured……..