Dave Robertson

Based in Cape Town, Dave Robertson has been producing artwork and exhibiting since the mid 90’s. As a photographic artist he is well known for his focus on people at the margins of society and much of the imagery in his photographic work reflects this interest.

To this end, his first book of photographs entitled, Plakkerskamp 2003-2012 documents a marginalized community near Bonnievale, in the Western Cape, over a nine year period.

This book won the Lëtzebuerger Buchpräis 2013 book award in Luxembourg.

At the Spier Contemporary 2010 competion, he was a prize winner for Paper Trails, a documentary photographic project focusing on informal recyclers in Newtown, Johannesburg.

Immediately following this achievement, Dave began to focus intensively on abstract painting. A year later in 2011, he had a sellout show of abstract paintings entitled ‘concrete trails, urban tales’ at Worldart Gallery, in Cape Town.

His latest body of work,”Partially Nomad”, combines abstract painting and panoramic photography.

Work from this series  has been exhibited at several galleries including the Pretoria art museum, the Appalachian State University, North Carolina, USA and the Res gallery in Johannesburg.

Recent  Exhibitions

2015 “Twenty: Art in the time of democracy”, Pretoria Art Museum curated by Gordon Froud.
2015  “Partially Nomad”, That Art Fair, Cape Town.
2014 “Urban Wonderland”, Group show, Kalk Bay Modern.
2014 “Twenty years of Democracy”, Appalachian State University, North Carolina, USA.
2014 “Great Stock”, Group show, AVA Gallery,Cape Town.
2014 “Survey”, Group show, Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg.
2014 “Partially Nomad”, Res Gallery,Johannesburg.
2013  “Artreach”, Group show, AVA  Gallery, Cape Town.
2013  “Proverbs”, Group show, Church St. Gallery, Cape Town.
2013  “Plakkerskamp”, Lëtzebuerger Buchpräis, Luxembourg.
2012 “Plakkerskamp”,  Chateau de Wiltz, Luxembourg.
2011 ‘concrete trails urban tales’, Worldart Gallery, Cape Town.
2010 ”Point of Focus”, Group show, Kalk Bay Modern, Cape Town.
2010 ”Bonani Africa Festival”, (Group photographic show),Cape Town.
2010  “Spier Contemporary 2010”, Award winner for ‘Paper Trails’ series.
2009 “Spirit of Ubuntu”, Exposure Gallery, Cape Town.
2008 “Rain”, Focus Contemporary Gallery,Cape Town.
2007 “Abstract Egypt”,Focus Contemporary Gallery, Cape Town.
2007 “CT 24”, Focus Contemporary Gallery, Cape Town.
2005 “Remember”, Irma Stern Gallery, Cape Town.
2004 “De Dependance”,  Smelik & Stokking, Den Haag, Netherlands.
2004 “PhotoLA 2004”, The Perfect Exposure Gallery, LA, USA.
2001 “Absolut Cape Town”, Group show, Pinnacle Building, Cape Town.
2000 “Collaboration”, Group show, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town.
1999 “Colour Spirit”, Jazz Radio Station, Berlin, Germany.
1999 Exhibition of lithographs: Kim Sacks Gallery, Johannesburg.
1998 “Colour Spirit”, Marzahn Library, Berlin, Germany.
1998 “Colour Spirit”, ARTCO, Leipzig, Germany.
1998 “Colour Spirit”, Jojo Centre, Berlin, Germany.

Artworks in the SAFFCA Collection