Dave Roberston   
Dave Robertson is an award-winning visual artist, based in 
Cape Town. His photographic work is primarily a form of 
expressionist social commentary. A career highlight for Dave was winning a national award at the 
Spier Contemporary 2010 for 'Paper Trails', a photographic project focussing on informal recyclers in Newtown, Johannesburg. Prior to that, he was best known for a series of expressionist, hand-painted photographs of marginalised lifestyles in Southern Africa,
which were exhibited as a series of photolithographic prints at galleries in Germany, the Netherlands and at "Photo LA 2004" in the USA.

More recently his work has been exhibited by several galleries in 
Cape Town including the Irma Stern Museum, the Kalk Bay Modern, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Focus Contemporary gallery as well as 
the Resolution Gallery and Kim Sacks Gallery in Johannesburg. Robertson's first photographic book won an award, the "Lëtzebuerger Buchpräis 2013", in Luxembourg, Europe. Entitled "Plakkerskamp, Bonnievale 2003 -2012", the book spans nine years and documents a marginalized community near Bonnievale, in the western Cape.

The images focus on the gradual improvement of living conditions over the nine years, highlighting an NGO funded day-care center for children from the informal settlement. During the last ten years Dave has held several exhibitions in South Africa, celebrating the medium of abstract photography. His first exhibition of large-scale abstract paintings was a remarkable success and sold out in two weeks. Entitled 'concrete trails,urban tales', it showed at Worldart Gallery, Cape Town in 2011.


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