Dreams, love, flowers, pattern and fabric all have a profound influence on the work of Zimbabwean artist, Portia Zvavahera. However, her flamboyant style of painting and mark-making in oil-based printing inks transforms these tropes into a deeply personal and evocative visual language that is richly emotive. Last year Portia was awarded the FNB Art Prize, and the year before that the 10th Tollman Award for the Visual Arts. In her new body of work, I Can Feel It in My Eyes, currently on at Stevenson in Cape Town, Portia has dreamed into being an exotic pleasure garden – a tribute to love – in which couples, gripped in the throws of passion, are enveloped by the sensual folds of huge flowers and leafy plants.
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