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Nicky Marais flies solo at Omba

Small books, one of the latest Nicky Marais paintings currently on display at the Omba Gallery.

Small books, one of the latest Nicky Marais paintings currently on display at the Omba Gallery.

Iconic Namibian painter and head of the Department of Visual Art and Craft at the College of The Arts  in Windhoek, Nicky Marais, is doing another solo exhibition of a collection of her more recent work at the Omba Gallery. This exhibition shows random patterns in a wide selection of divergent works. The exhibition under the theme New Work by Nicky Marais is her seventh solo exhibition and her first after an absence of five years.

The exhibition opened its doors to the public on 2 December and has been well received by fans of the painter as well as art lovers.
The past fifteen years have seen Marais’ work follow an increasingly non-representational trajectory.
Colour, shape and line combine on paper and canvas to create paintings of formidable intensity.
She  expresses an obsession with the random patterns of contemporary urban life, sharply contrasted with the orderly patterns of natural objects, the underlying premise for the artwork at this exhibition.
The artworks express her fascination not only with pattern, but also the movement created by juxtaposing different shapes in repetition, in a variety of complex compositions.
Very large and very small works by Marais are currently on display with the intention to recreate for the observer, the contrast and tension she uses as subject matter in the works. The exhibition also includes ‘Small Books’ of art, visual records substantiating the inner force that compels Marais to constantly create.
New Work by Nicky Marais runs until Sunday 22 December

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