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KIZO GALLERY (article first published : 2005-12-5)

The Kizo Gallery will be launched at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping on December 12.

Never before has there been a private investment of this magnitude into the development of the arts in KwaZulu-Natal. Kizo, which when translated means abundance, is truly living up to its name and the 700 sq metre gallery will house original artworks from some of South Africa’s most prestigious artists. The featured artist for the launch event is Richard Scott, who has been voted one of the top ten investment artists in the country in a recent Style Survey.

Richard Scott has just returned from a successful show in Belgium where he affirmed his strong position as a serious contender in the international art scene and is fast becoming recognised for his powerful, yet simple, pop artworks. In 2004 he competed with 2000 other artists in the Brett Kebble awards where he went on to claim the runner-up position. Scott’s “Red Hot” exhibition will be on display in the gallery until the end of January 2006.

The vision of Kizo is to provide local talents with a superb platform from which to showcase their work to both a local and international clientele. Gallery owners Craig Mark of The Mark Galleries and Natalie Bradfield envision the gallery as playing an integral role in the development of arts and culture in KZN province.

“We are hoping that the investment we have made towards improving the arts in KZN will motivate other members of the private sector to get involved financially and back this and other cultural developments,” says Craig Mark. “Our country has many talented artists that struggle to find a platform from which to display their work, and subsequently fall short of reaching their full potential due to the lack of general funding in the arts. This is unacceptable, the country as a whole is suffering through this loss.”

The layout of the gallery consists of triple volume ceilings, both upstairs and downstairs, where the vast open space lends itself well to the display of contemporary art as well as fine art, ceramics and grand sculptures of significant stature. The upstairs gallery will display one featured artist each month while downstairs customers can enjoy a coffee shop vibe with an eclectic surround of original pieces.

What sets the Kizo gallery apart from other galleries is its commitment to showcasing original art which caters directly to interior designers and the discerning art enthusiast. The booming property market in KZN has fuelled an increasing demand from architects, designers and art collectors for original art. The gallery aptly fulfils this need and provides an added service to clients by offering expert advice on investing, sourcing and the private commissioning of art.

Despite the enormity of the gallery, Craig and Natalie are not in the least bit concerned about lining the walls with original artworks. In fact, they have already planned their 2006 calendar which will feature, as part of their commitment to arts and culture, a monthly exhibition launch event to celebrate and welcome new artists to the gallery. Natalie Bradfield comments, “We want to keep the gallery fresh by constantly updating the art and featuring a new artist each and every month. The gallery must remain a phenomenon in the minds of the public, a sanctuary where one can lose themselves in a stunning contemporary setting while sipping a good cup of coffee and sitting back to enjoy the immense talent our country has to offer”.

Further information from Craig Mark on 031 566 4322 or 083 777 6644 or e-mail: craig@themarkgalleries.com




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