Rachelle Bomberg

Odyssey Magazine

TRANSCEND exhibition Gowlett Gallery l980

Upon the path, in the glint of mica and odd shining stones, lies the yellow and grery-blue feather of an unknown bird. And there comes a piercing intuition, by no means understood, that in this feather on the silver path, this rhythm of wood and leather sounds, breath, sun and wind, and rush of river, in a landscape without past or future time in this instant, in all instants, transience and eternity, death and life are one Pieter Matthieson (The Snow Leopard)

Rachelle Bomberg's recent exhibition at the Gowlett Gallery in Cape Town is her sixth in just over two years, and three of these were 'one man' shows, the last being at the Lidchi Art Gallery in Johannesburg.

The influence of Pieter Matthieson's Snow Leopard pervades the paintings in this exhibition.

Richard Lacey - author and artist - who attended the opening of the exhibition was so inspired by her work that he asked, ad lib, whether he might have a few words during the opening address. "I have never done anything like this before," he explained afterwards, "but my request was a spontaneous response to Rachelle's work".

There were thirty-nine paintings ranging from very large oils (2m x 1.5m), to smaller water colours. All the paintings were abstract and an unusual feature of much of the work was her use of gold, silver and white and, in some of the paintings, pleated polyester.

"This exhibition," said Richard Lacey, "is a festival of light and colour. In Rachelle's hands, space, time and spirit the components of our existence the colour, the form and the light, that dignifies ...To see a body of work tht is masterly, visually exciting and a celebration of life, is truly to transcend the usual gallery experience."

In his opening address, John Neave recited a poem by Hugh Malafry, as he felt it encapsulated what is at the heart of everything we do and which find expression through Rachelle's paintings ...

This fire cannot be extinguished
It is star-fire
The fire that gives birth to suns.
Heavy, wet leaves of human lethargy
Cannot extinguish this flame.

Bitter, acrid burning,
Smouldering insanty,
Smoke-bitter vision,
The dead mass of humanity
Yet the fire burns beneath,
At the core of the mass.
It is star fire
The fire that gives birth to suns.

Spontaneous joy flames forth
Combustion of the mass.
Fire calls unto fire,
The Eagle rises in Flame
Renewing His youth,
Burning ...
This is the fire that kindles the stars
It cannot be extinguished.

Hugh Malafry

Article Extracts

Melvyn Minaar art critic - Opening speech Sasol Art Museum 2012

Odyssey Issue 2, 2013, Rachelle Blomberg Feature

Spirit in the Mass - A speech by Beezy Bailey, 2006

Extracts from articles by Trish Baum for Fine Living, Renaissance, Kulula, 2004 - 2005

Cape Gallery 2000

Extracts from an article by Mary-Ann Hart

Press Release Primart Gallery l997

Critiques early 1980's

Odyssey Magazine 1980