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Using a theme that is synonymous with her work, Arlene Amaler-Raviv painted a series of figures that relate to people in transit, enlarged to fill the six metres of space. The portraits are part of an on-going theme of politicians, businessmen and workers drawn from the news reports in the daily newspaper. Some of the figures that she paints crop up repeatedly in her work, assuming an emblematic meaning, such as the woman carrying a big bag on her head and the striding businessman.
“It is always following the worker and the man who built our city and created change… I decided to use these images for the bus station so that it could create some kind of dialogue with the passengers and the workers and the people who use our wonderful new bus system.”
About the Artist
Arlene Amaler-Raviv was born in Johannesburg in 1953, studied art at the University of the Witwatersrand, and now resides in Cape Town. She paints in oil and enamel on varied surfaces, including glass and aluminium. Many of her paintings hang in major art collections in South Africa and around the world. Other work includes a 20 metre installation for the District Six Sculpture Project called Dislocation Relocation.