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EXHIBITION BY GRACE KOTZE (article first published : 2005-03-1)

The NSA Gallery’s Main and Multi Media Room are to host an exhibition of paintings by Grace Kotze.

A Durban-based artist, she will present an exhibition of large-scale and smaller oil paintings. Having studied at Technikon Natal (now Durban Institute of Technology) where she received a Higher Diploma in Fine Art, she now works as an artist and muralist and has completed numerous large-scale commissions for private and corporate clients. This is her second solo exhibition.

The exhibition is an exploration of the emotive qualities of landscapes and the human form and three broad areas of content are apparent in her work. Landscape, the human body and “heavenly” formations (stars and nebula) are constant references. Formally the artist breaks up structured spaces on the surface of her works through a variety of ‘chance’ mark makings, against tighter and more controlled and representational areas in the work.

Grace Kotze constantly works against her natural inclination to control the paint in her works. Her experience as a muralist means that she works on extremely large surfaces and this confidence is evident in the ambitious scale of her works. In contrast, she will present small, intense works as a contra-point to these works.

“I find it easy to fall into a safe way of painting that is showy, presenting a well-painted image with an accurate representation of the subject,” she explains. “One of the ways I try and break away from this is to introduce an element of chance into mark-making and to make colour and structural decisions from an emotional level. Marks created through running paint, liquid paint left to dry on a flat surface, splatted and smeared paint in the making of a very specific form adds a level of painting that incorporates the abstract.”

Running from March 8 at 18h00 to March 27, the exhibition is funded through a grant from the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund.

More information from NSA curator Storm Janse van Rensburg on 031 202 3686 or e-mail: curator@nsagallery.co.za or visit www.nsagallery.co.za




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