Exhibitions: Past

Some Strange Alphabet: 4 September to 2 October 2008

A solo exhibition of new paintings and bronze sculptures by Paul du Toit, entitled Some Strange Alphabet.  The exhibition is presented jointly by Graham’s Fine Art Gallery and 34 Long Fine Art of Cape Town.

Paul du Toit’s art speaks a language of its own. Over a period of more than ten years, the artist has honed his awkward calligraphic scrawls into an idiosyncratic alphabet. A ‘forest of symbols’, he calls it. Combined with his eccentric treatment of space, texture, line and primary colour, his alphabet transcends the boundaries of ordinary language, tapping into a universal poetry of unity and harmony. On a recent visit to Beijing, Paul was engrossed in the history of Chinese writing, and a book on this subject inspired him to review his entire artistic career. He now views his oeuvre as one ongoing work of art to which he just keeps adding.