EDEN FINE ART PRESENTS GAVIN RAIN AND THE HIDDEN DETAIL
Up close, Rain’s paintings are made up of small concentric dots painting in different colors. Either take a step back to reveal the hidden portrait or look at the artwork through your phone.
Born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1971 Gavin Rain is a Neo-Pointillist painter. He studied art and neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town, under artists such as Hannah Adams and South African art historian Jacqueline Nolte, and at Ruth Prowse Art School, in Woodstock, Cape Town. Having painted from a young age, Rain arrived at his Neo-Pointillist style in 2004, which he developed over a period of a few years.
His remarkable technique, a blend of his origins, his studies, aptitudes and personal talent, is both unique and participative, so that all who look at one of his paintings can perceive the convergence of two opposing pictorial styles: the abstractness of the multitude of colorful concentric circles that thicken into dense and imperfect dots in relief, and the figurative aspect of the image that is defined by the sum of these same dots as the viewer takes a few steps back.
Through his works, Rain aims to force viewers to acknowledge that part of the narrative of each painting is hidden in plain sight, whereby it is impossible to see the subject of the painting until the viewer takes a few steps back.