South African artist Grady Zeeman’s abstract, figurative, and portrait paintings address femininity, gender equality, strength, and identity. After marrying into a traditional Afrikaans family, the lifelong artist felt pressure to put her identity aside to be a mother and wife. However, she soon realized that her need to create was an important part of her identity and independence, therefore she rededicated herself to being an artist, and discovered her passion for feminism in the process. This journey had a major influence on her work, and the themes she introduces to her viewers.
Zeeman works in oils and mixed media in order to create flow, depth and textural elements to add to her narrative and aesthetic. Employing muted backgrounds, she lights up her canvases with vibrantly colored forms in elegant, striking poses. The artist has exhibited her work extensively, showing major cities in the United States, the UK, Western Europe, and Africa.