Heaven & Earth
Myerson Fine Art is delighted to present photographer Caroline Gibello's first UK exhibition Heaven & Earth. Gibello journeyed deep into her beloved Africa and returns with a compelling study of the continent’s beauty and abundance. Her timeless wildlife portraits capture iconic but often fleeting glimpses of Africa’s most celebrated characters.
On the back of international success with her previous exhibition, Water & Dust, Caroline Gibello rekindled her passion for Africa with a trip to northern Botswana.
With her trademark sun bleached palette and finely honed lens Gibello deftly reveals a vigorous Africa. An Africa blessed by the rain gods, where typically stark landscapes are softened by rich cameos of colour as healthy beasts parade the grasslands and watering holes. A fish eagle streaks across the delta. A lioness schools playful cubs in the precious art of hide ‘n seek. A herd of elephant cavort at a watering hole, while a tentative newborn stands on the edge of the mudslinging. A rare leopard prowls the dusk. And all the while Gibello’s favourite tree, the regal baobab, stands watch.
“My travels in Africa fuel a passion for the wilderness and the vast and alluring natural splendour and beauty of Africa's wild places,” says Gibello. “For me, the African Bush is a place where time stands still, where the sounds, the smells, the sights, the resonance of nature in its entirety are so captivating and transcendent that everything outside of that reality ceases to exist for me. Put quite simply it’s my heaven on earth.”
With a background in Zoology and Botany, Gibello went on to study photography at Machaelis School of Fine Art (Universityof Cape Town) in 1997. From 2002 she worked in the commercial photographic industry for four years after which she dedicated herself full time in her personal photographic work. This will be her fifth solo exhibition having exhibited in South Africa, Italy and India. The exhibition will travel to Berlin and New York in 2011.
Dates: 19th – 30th October 2010
Private View: 20th October 2010
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10:30am - 7pm
Venue: Menier Chocolate Factory, 51 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU
Transport: Nearest Underground Station is London Bridge.
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