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LEE SCOTT HEMPSON (article first published : 2005-05-30)

The next exhibition at Grillroom Café in Innes Road, Morningside will be by Lee Scott Hempson, well-known graphic design fashion textile lecturer at the Durban Institute of Technology.

She will exhibit a few of her works on acrylics on fabric as a prelude to her upcoming solo exhibition based on the theme of Abundance at artSPACE durban later this year.

“Standing at the foyer waiting to meet Lee Scott Hempson, I’m slowly being swept away by a wave of incense,” says Karishma Ganpath of Gallery 238 which is co-ordinating the exhibition. ”A minute into my nostalgic memories and she appears. She greets me with a warm smile and as we walk through the narrow hallway cluttered with pictures, antique cameras, bongo drums and artefacts, Lee begins to describe her latest work: “My last exhibition was figurative and I have now moved to symbols to talk about human emotion, my paintings holds me together.”

She passionately explains the meanings in her work, “My handbag holds the world, carries my heart, but does my handbag hold my heart?”

Lee’s work is detailed with the explosion of colour with a rather eclectic uniqueness that signifies her life, influences and who she is as an individual. She boldly expresses her inner emotion across the canvas and when she paints ‘words come out’, creating a masterpiece that’s thought-provoking and a visual feast.

Lee first moved from Zimbabwe to South Africa at the age of 14, received her Higher Diploma in Fine Arts from Technikon Natal in 1985 and started designing patterns for T-shirts two years later which she continued to do until 1991. She then became a Graphic Design Fashion Textiles lecturer at M.L Sultan Technikon and currently specialises in drawing and illustrations.

Gathering much of her influence from her work, art and her home, Lee radiates her strong personality through her paintings and her favourite artists are Walter Meyer and Klimpt. Over the years she has had three solo exhibitions and showcased her paintings at the Portfolio Gallery in 1987 and at the NSA Gallery in 1996 and 2001.

The exhibition runs from June 4 to July 3. More information from Steve Mandy on 082 441 2922 or e-mail: stevemandy@liblink.co.za




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