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ART AND ABOUT (article first published : 2006-06-17)

Good news for art collectors and shoppers who plan to visit this year's East Coast Radio House and Garden Show is that one of Durban's top gallery outlets, Gateway's Kizo Art Gallery, will make a superb splash of colour that simply can't be ignored.

One of the most exciting developments on the KZN art scene, Kizo specialises in providing homeowners, architects and interior designers with a complete art service. This includes the advising, commissioning, sourcing and even the hanging of top quality artwork.

"We have complete faith in the potential of the Arts in KZN," says gallery owner Craig Mark. "Our gallery service includes marketing and promoting some of the top artists in the country."

Show-goers will see ample evidence of this at Kizo's stand which will showcase the work of the noted architect-turned painter, Philip Briel. Raised on a sugar farm in northern KwaZulu-Natal, Briel graduated in architecture from the University of Cape Town before living and working in Europe and Asia. Now back in South Africa, he currently works on various architectural projects and produces his art works in his private studio in Higgovale in Cape Town.

"I started out in architecture, a disciplined and exacting profession in which you have to learn to visualise dimensions and do an enormous number of calculations," says Briel. "Art opened me up to different possibilities. Now I look at planes and elevations as if they are the surface of a canvas, shifting and fluid, not fixed. As in the art, my design work now is all about freedom, mobility, uncluttered spaces."

Briel says his abstract mixed media canvases are inspired by a fierce sense of place. They are full of intense shades, fractured or spilling light and charged textures. Windswept beaches, tidal estuaries, phoenix fynbos are all subjects for his work. Show-goers can view the fascinating art of Phillip Briel on the Kizo Art Gallery stand.

The East Coast Radio House and Garden Show runs from June 30 to July 9 at the Durban Exhibition Centre. Tickets R38 (R22 students, scholars and senior citizens). Entrance for children under 12 years is free.

Further information on www.housegardenshow.co.za




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