Gerrit Pitout was born on the 2nd of January 1953 in Klerksdorp. He matriculated in Barberton before he studied at the Teachers Training College in Pretoria. He also holds an honours degree in art history from the University of South Africa.
Gerrit also obtained a FPSSA Fellowship in photography and gained several National and International acceptances.
Since his first solo exhibition at the tender age of 17 he has exhibited in America, Israel and all over South Africa for the last 50 years.
He has had the privilege of exhibiting with great artists, the likes of Zakkie Eloff, Dino Paravana and Mel Brigg, Lee Voight and many others.
He is greatly influenced by Pierneef, Gregoire Boonzaier and Pieter Wenning
Gerrit became known through his distinctive handling of watercolour, as well as his oil paintings of Sossusvlei in the Namib. Gerrit’s paintings are strong with the use of strong lines and earthy colours. Because he regularly visits the bushveld, Namib, Etosha and the Kalahari, his artwork highlights his vast knowledge of the veld especially the desert. Gerrit depicts the desert either at dawn or sundown with strong contrasting colours, demonstrating an understanding of the intrigues of nature. He strongly believes in the fact that you can’t paint something that you have no knowledge of. When he creates an artwork he captures depth, atmosphere and balance.
Regardless of scale or medium his work is different. Fresh, clean, with a lot of impact, boredom never features. He is especially known for his depiction of Acacia trees with powerful skies and foregrounds.
His work is included in the collections of
Rooth and Wessels and Associates
Van der Merwe Attorneys
The South African Parks Board
Numerous Embassies in Pretoria
Hammann Moosa Inc Attorneys
Several large paintings were done for private collections throughout South Africa and abroad.
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