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Riana Gear

The principle of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.

As I search for meaning through concepts and images unfolding from my mind and fingertips,

I find reality constantly shifting and new layers of truth exposed for deconstruction,

and if the search for meaning gets too heavy, I just paint for fun.

Artwork by Riana Gear
Riana Gear - Elephant in the Room
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Elephant in the Room

150cm x 100cm

R 18,500

Riana Gear - And the Band Plays On
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And the Band Plays On

102cm x 76cm

R 15,500

Riana Gear - Homeland Cosy Comfort
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Homeland Cosy Comfort

100cm x 120cm (each piece) - 306cm x 120 (together)

R 48,500

Riana Gear - Autumn Song
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Autumn Song

82cm x 76cm

R 13,500

Riana Gear - Another Fun Day
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Another Fun Day

91.5cm x 91.5cm

R 14,000

Riana Gear - Canned Wisdom
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Canned Wisdom

63cm x 63cm

R 7,950

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Although I see myself as an optimist, I have witnessed, and sometimes been part of life’s disturbing mental and physical landscapes. I feel a vague urgency to save the world from injustice and threatening outcomes, and although I have no feasible plan for doing so, my journey as an artist leaves me with no choice but to use my work to argue for change.

In my current body of work I take a split approach between celebration and critique of our complex social dynamics.

As I search for meaning through concepts and images unfolding from my mind and fingertips, I find reality constantly shifting and new layers of truth exposed for deconstruction. And if the search for meaning gets to heavy, I just paint for fun.

My artworks are made through processes of painting, drawing, printing and airbrush, combining abstraction and figuration. I feel drawn to a visual language between pop-realism and neo-expressionism.

Exhibitions

2021 Member’s Award Exhibition – Black Brick Club with Ava Gallery – South Africa
2021 This is Art – Cape Town Convention Center – South Africa
2022 Spaces between us – Alliance Francaises Gallery – South Africa

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