WEIGHT OF LIGHT by Michael Tietz Geldenhuys

Opens on the 13th March 2019

Light is clearly affected by gravity, just think about a black hole, but light supposedly has no mass and gravity only affects objects with mass. Working with oils – volume and weight of form is revealed through the interplay of light and dark. Shapes emerge in an accumulation of passing moments.

Michael Tietz-Geldenhuys lives and works in Cape Town. He was born in 1976 in Durban, South Africa.He obtained a Bachelors Degree in Art at the University of Technology in 1999, majoring in painting and photography.

While traveling through Italy in 2002 he discovered the Florence Academy of Art - returning the following year to attend a drawing course, and a painting course more recently in 2014, focusing on classical realism and sight-size method of painting with an emphasis on chiaroscuro.

Michael has taken part in various group and solo exhibitions over the years and was selected as one of the top 100 in the Sanlam Portrait Award in 2015 and 2017. Michael hosts monthly figurative drawing sessions in Observatory as well as producing work for the ongoing Creative Block Project.

His work focuses on painting and drawing with an emphasis on portraiture, figurative and still life subjects. Taking himself out of his comfort zone Michael is currently working on and experimenting with abstract painting.

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