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Gerrit was born in Klerksdorp and matriculated in Barberton. He studied at the University of Pretoria, and with further study at the University of South Africa he gained his honours in art history.
Gerrit also obtained his SA title in photography. Gerrit and his late wife, SA Master, Alida Pitout did a lot of their artwork and photography in the Namib, Etosha and the Kalahari.
Gerrit and Alida have held large exhibitions of their work in America, Israel, Johannesburg, Pretoria and the Lowveld. Sotheby's auctioneers have sold some of their artwork in the Cape at a gala evening.
Gerrit became known through his distinctive handling of water paint, as well as his oil paintings of the Sossusvlei in the Namib. His water paints are clean and clear and he achieves great depth and atmosphere in his work. What make his works so powerful is the simplicity thereof as well as his use of colours. He also makes use of the paper's texture to make his works more striking. Gerrit is also one of the firsts artists to paint bushveld scenes on rough rice paper. The Parks Board and the previous government purchased these art works.
Gerrit's oil paintings are strong with the use of strong lines. He highlights his knowledge of the veld especially the dessert. Gerrit believes depicting the dessert either at dawn or sundown with strong contrasting colours.
What makes this artist's work so different is that boredom never features and that his work is commercial in nature. His work is also unique; there is never any duplication of paintings.
Gerrit is an expressionistic painter. He is also the designer of the school emblem of the Primary School Laerveld as well as that of the Nelspruit Technical College, South Africa.
America, Israel, Johannesburg and Pretoria South Africa.
University of Pretoria
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