Philippa Graff

Johannesburg, South Africa

Painting is my form of expression and I am forever grateful to be able to articulate my thoughts through my art. I have consciously embraced a deeper freedom of not striving toward the perfect painting. The imperfection, the reworking, and the feeling of rawness are all part of my process that I humbly accept. I may rework the canvas time and again, but ultimately, I settle into a place of non-judgmental peace.

The COVID isolation has resulted in an even greater intensity of commitment to my passion of painting. My artwork will continue to be my form of situational declaration. Nature, Deforestation and Global Warming will always be intrinsic themes I will not ignore, and I feel they are deserving of ongoing imaginative statements.

My journey is far from complete. Like so many in this world, I continue life with veracity and determination. That is my choice. I hope you can feel my sincerity and energy through all my paintings. Enjoy!

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– represents a sold painting

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500 x 600mm
Oil on canvas


Using gestural mark making, I construct space comprised of windows and doorways, screen and veils, that pinch and pull the eye, backwards and forwards in depth and across the surface. The coloured and tonal elements become surfaces for the delineation of the local indigenous and other plant life, that offers the promise of regeneration and sustainability.

The abstract nature of the work is significant since it honours the modernist ethos of universality and timelessness. Despite the fact that separate panels constitute the work, there is a unified whole in the work, through the orchestration of colour and tone.

Indeed, each facet has a unique personality and tells its own story, yet the sum of the parts are integrated into one.

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