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BRONWEN FINDLAY NEW PRINTS (article first published : 2005-02-13)

Former Durban artist Bronwen Findlay will be featured in an exhibition titled A Blanket Story: Breaking New Ground at at David Krut Arts Resource in Johannesburg from February 19 to March 19.

Bronwen Findlay will present a striking new series of prints which combine an instinct for bold designs and colours with a fascination for ordinary domestic objects. Findlay has always collected and painted cups, saucers, doilies, tray cloths, and other objects but recently she has been inspired by the woollen blankets found at trading stores near the Lesotho border.

The designs on the blankets date to the 1940s and contain elements such as military insignia, the Victoria Cross, springbok heads, and phrases like “Made in England.” Most of the blankets include the vertical red stripes that mark them as traditional Basotho garments of the kind given to children at birth and treasured for life.

The blankets constitute a fascinating cultural history of the interactions between Basotho tradition and colonial influence. Findlay is intrigued with the ways in which these iconic South African images and colonial motifs have found their way into the Basotho design vernacular.

Working with printers at David Krut Print Workshop, Findlay has produced compelling etchings, monotypes, and linocuts that make use of and extend the symbolism of the images on the Basotho blankets.

Bronwen Findlay has an MAFA from the University of Natal. She has taught at the University of Durban, Westville and Wits University, and is currently teaching at the University of Johannesburg. She has had several solo exhibitions and has participated in local and international group shows. Her work is represented in private and public collections. In 2002 she was nominated for a Vita Award and in 2004 received a Brett Kebble Merit Award for A Painting about a Bedspread.

More information from Elizabeth Buys, Gallery Coordinator elizbuys@davidkrut.com

David Krut Arts Resource is dedicated to promoting contemporary South African art and encouraging an awareness and appreciation of our rich artistic heritage through collaborations in publishing, writing, and the creation of art. It is situated at 140 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood. Phone 011 880 4242 or fax 11 880 6368.




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