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PARIS FROM LA CITÉ (article first published : 2002-10-18)

The Blue Caterpillar Art Gallery at Butterflies for Africa in Pietermaritzburg will be hosting and exhibition by Barry Gibb entitled Paris from La Cité.

Artist Barry Gibb returns to the province of his birth with an exhibition of his work done mainly during a period spent at the Cité Internationale des Arte in Paris. Gibb was inspired by the sweeping majesty of the Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur Cathedrals, their stained glass windows and the gargoyles. This he linked to the fantasy world in his mind of love and death in the great "city of love".

Barry Gibb was born in Durban. He studied commercial art and completed an art teachers course at the Natal Technical College. He moved to East London where he taught art at the East London Technical College specialising in art history. During this period he also promoted a two year part-time adult art appreciation course.

He later became head master of Belgravia Art Centre and completed a BA fine arts degree through UNISA, going on to complete his masters degree in Fine Art in the 1980's. He chaired the East London branch of the South African Association of Fine Arts for 15 years and remains an active member, giving lectures on art history and appearing in their annual exhibitions.

In 1996 he retired and started concentrating on developing his own art, but returned to teaching in 1998. He spent three months at the Cité Internationale des Artes in Paris where he gained material for his first one man show in 1999 at the Rus te Vrede gallery in Bellville. He has since had numerous exhibitions at venues all over South Africa and has work permanently on display in the Ann Bryant Art Gallery in East London.

Barry's lively and entertaining lectures held during his exhibitions attract large audiences in the different centres. This will be his first exhibition in KZN and is set to attract art lovers and all those with a Gallic interest.

The exhibition opens on October 15 at 18h00 at Butterflies for Africa, 37 Willowton Road, Pietermaritzburg. Directly afterwards, Barry Gibb will present a slide show and talk as he is eager to share his impressions of Paris and its art with all those interested.

To receive a free invitation contact Butterflies for Africa on 033 387-1356 or e-mail art@butterflies.co.za

The exhibition runs until October 31 and the gallery is open from Tuesday to Sunday.




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