Despite the rain, curious art lovers ventured out in droves last night to Parkhurst’s Henry George Gallery to see Catharsis – a darkly-explorative series of oil paintings by enigmatic Johannesburg artist, Margo Schopf. The 50 oil paintings practically stopped viewers in their tracks, resulting in questions, theories or personal interpretations, as to what they’re about. With titles like, “A pill a day keeps the doctor away”, “Birds fly, politicians lie” and, “Mom and Dad, they f*** you up” – these textured paintings unapologetically peel away layers. Their haunting, dreamlike imagery reveal a glimpse inside Margo’s unusually, rich and perturbed, inner mindscape.
Says Henry George curator, Mandy Walker, “It’s seldom you see a collection of paintings so bold, complex and poignant. With technical brilliance. Nor, such an intrinsically dark-yet-vital and, ultimately, healing response by a sensitive artist – to her own anger, confusion and despair. One that inspires the public to ask, exclaim and share what these works evoke for them.