Colourful Works in Demand

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Colourful Works in Demand


BYLINE: ROBYN COHEN

IN THE fallout of the global credit crunch, artists are feeling the squeeze as collectors hold back on new acquisitions.

Watercolourist Pamela Silver, who lives in Jerusalem, is not complaining. Her colourful works are in demand and selling. People find them "happy, joyful, positive and healing", says Silver who is exhibiting at Spier's Old Wine Cellar until February 19. Her show of water colours and monotypes is titled Cape Town How I Love You and All Your Secrets.

Silver has been involved in 80 exhibitions in Israel, Russia, Portugal and China, which included the Olympic Fine Art Exhibition in August 2008 and Beijing biennale. Solo shows include the Artist's House in Jerusalem, the Museum Agua in Lisbon, Gallery Saka in Tokyo and National Gallery in Zimbabwe. In September, she will exhibit in Denmark.

The Spier exhibition is her first in Cape Town and is significant for the artist, who was born in Johannesburg in 1948. When she was two, her family went to live in Bulawayo.

Silver's dad wanted to find - and make - his own space and place, away from his illustrious family. From a young age, Silver painted.

She received the National Children's Painting Prize in the then Rhodesia when she was 10. After school, she headed for the University of Cape Town and studied for her BA. This was followed by a teacher's diploma in London, at Goldsmith College, where she met her husband.

They immigrated to Israel in 1973. Besides a year studying art in New York, Silver has lived in Israel since then.

Her work "really took off" 25 years ago when her family set up home in Motza Illit, in the hills of Jerusalem. "There is a conserved area across the road from where we live. I look into beautiful hills and walk there every day. I built our house - I wanted it to be like the house we had in Bulawayo..."

Although her paintings tends to be described as abstract, there are strong figurative elements which relate to fragments of memory, daydreams and concerns. …

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