19 March – 10 May 2009
Jonathan Guaitamacchi is a well-established Italian contemporary artist who spends his time between Milan, London and Cape Town. Over the past decade, Jonathan has explored the theme of the ever-expanding urban metropolis and the gradual and uncontainable growth of cities and urban areas.
His Target paintings have become internationally recognized, iconic symbols of our high-speed, ever-expanding urban society. The genius of these paintings, conceptualized in 1999 as a sort of pre-vision to the new millennium, is now being recognized and critically appreciated. These works touch on everything from population growth, urbanization, technology, the environment, capitalism, isolation, loneliness and the untenable pace of modern life.
Jonathan’s paintings are instantly recognizable and his inner-city panoramas in monochromatic mixed media are characterized by a surprisingly powerful pictorial portrayal and his signature, strong, defined “scratch effect” paint strokes.
Locations is Jonathan Guaitamacchi’s third solo exhibition in South Africa since 1999. The expansive Cape Flats and townships have a profound impact on him and he draws parallels between the South African dilemma and that faced by other developing countries such as India, Mexico and Brazil. Jonathan Guaitamacchi is a selected Italian artist for the Beijing Biennale in 2010 and he will also participate in a joint exhibition of high-profile South African and Italian artists for the 2010 World Cup, conceptualized by the internationally acclaimed curators Vincenzo Sanfo and Achille Bonito Oliva.