25 March to 12 April 2014
There are those who believe that some people are ‘born’ with the ability and spatial intelligence to draw and paint well, while some are not. When twenty-nine year-old, Witlock Kamatoto paints the story of his background, the aforementioned belief instantly jumps to mind.
Kamatoto, a husband and father born and bred in Otjiwarongo, central-northern Namibia, disclosed that as a toddler and young boy, when out looking for him, his parents frequently found him drawing and scribbling in the sand with a dusty finger. In adolescence, at school, his ability to draw well was recognised and identified by a teacher, who encouraged him to draw until he was considered the best artist at school. He never considered what he was doing as ‘art’ and still does not; to him, the ability to draw and paint well are like any other skills to form the basis of a chosen career.
Kamatoto later attended the Otjiwarongo Arts & Performance Centre, as a student of the visual arts. He studied drawing and painting under Martin Scott and graduated in 2011. Kamatoto now specialises in oil painting on hardboard, depicting Namibian landscapes, wildlife, portraits and is exceptionally good at murals.
Kamatoto is, for the moment, an artist for commission work and has an impressive list of satisfied Namibian clients in his portfolio, including private farms and tourist lodges. His keen eye, deft hand, innate feeling for balance and proportion, combined with an almost effortless ability to recreate what he observes in realistic style, sans stylisation, makes him a valuable Namibian asset, especially for commissioned public works of art.