Artscape is honoured to host The Black, White, Red & Yellow Art Exhibition comprising a colourful, imaginative exploration of the life and times of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in big, bold striking colour – an exhibition synonymous with the way this icon lived his life. The Black, White, Red & Yellow Art Exhibition, in close collaboration with both the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, will be opened to the public at Artscape on August 9, 2019 and will grace various spaces at Artscape for a period of two months. These vibrant paintings by pop artist, Richard Scott based on the iconic photos of photojournalist Benny Gool will be on show at Artscape with a parallel exhibition at The Granary, home of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.
“We, at Artscape are truly humbled to host an exhibition of this magnitude and of such significance. To stand side by side with the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and mind-blowing artists Richard Scott and Benny Gool is indeed for us a momentous occasion. The Archbishop’s name, his life and his teachings personify all the values we at Artscape strive for,” says CEO of Artscape, Marlene le Roux.
For Scott it is a dream come true when he says: “As an artist, how do you explain to someone what it is like having Archbishop Desmond Tutu in my home and studio blessing the very paintings I did of him. Even more so, the Arch blessing my paintings by stamping them with his very own Richard Scott made ARCH stamp. I can only show you the journey though the artwork I painted of Arch in my iconic style. It took me two years to plan and conceptualise the pieces and two years to create them. My studio was completely covered in photos and drawings and sketches of the Arch for many years. Join me on my journey of five years of working on this body of work making my dream come true.”
The man himself, Archbishop Tutu, reminds us: “We are made of goodness. We are made for love. We are made for friendliness. We are made for togetherness. We are made for all of the beautiful things that you and I know. We are made to tell the world there are no outsiders. All are welcome: black, white, red, yellow, rich, poor, educated, not educated, male, female, gay, straight, all, all, all. We all belong to his family, this human family, God’s family.”
The exhibition is open, for free, to the public daily from August 9 until October 8, 2019. So, do yourself the immense favour of viewing this important exhibition. The artist, Richard Scott, will also be doing a few “guided” walk-abouts during the Women’s month events in August. See the Artscape Women’s Humanity Arts Festival programme of events for more details: http://www.artscape.co.za/artscape-womens-humanity-arts-festival/