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Painter who forgot to retire

Robarts with one of her paintings. PHOTO | COURTESY
Robarts with one of her paintings. PHOTO | COURTESY 

The only inkling of age that one can see amidst the paintings and the painter Geraldine Robarts (who just opened a brand new studio space at her Karen home) is in a big bowl filled with used brushes situated in her metal container-studio (which is just next door to her new studio).

“Some of those brushes are well over 50 years old, since I never threw one of them away,” says the 78-year-old artist who’s just as energised about the painting process today as she was as a child when her grannie (an artist and fashion designer) gave her favourite granddaughter her first paint brush many decades ago.

In fact, Geraldine paints practically non-stop every day, from mid-morning through to late afternoon and sometimes into the night. Painting in oils on everything from small cardboard papers to massive stretched canvases, (the sort that fit well into the new studio), she’s currently working in an abstract expressionist frame of mind.



One of Geraldine’s paintings at Lazizi Hotel at JKIA. PHOTO | COURTESY
One of Geraldine’s paintings at Lazizi Hotel at JKIA. PHOTO | COURTESY

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