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GOUWS & WINTERBACH EXHIBITION (article first published : 2006-10-21)

Two Durban based artists and a husband-and-wife team, Andries Gouws and Ingrid Winterbach, are presenting their respective solo exhibitions at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery during October.

Ingrid Winterbach’s exhibition is titled Drawing is in which she uses a restricted palette for her large scale drawings in pastel and focuses on what the artist can and cannot do with drawing. As artist and writer, words are important to her. The texts and words are always chosen for their meaning, but as they become part of the drawing, this meaning is often lost, submerged, obscured.

Having completed a BA Fine Arts degree at the University of the Witwatersrand and an MA in Afrikaans-Nederlands at the University of Stellenbosch, Ingrid Winterbach taught drawing, painting and History of Art in the department of Creative Arts (University of Stellenbosch) for 13 year. She also lectured in the Department of Afrikaans-Nederlands at the University of KwaZulu-Natal for five years. She has participated in many group exhibitions and has had two solo exhibitions at the KZNSA since 1998. She has written eight novels in Afrikaans. Karolina Ferreira (1993) has been translated into English as The Elusive Moth (2005). Apart from other literary prizes, she has received the prestigious Hertzog Prize for her novel Niggie.

Andries Gouws’ exhibition is titled Hiding behind simple things. His paintings express his fascination with everyday objects and interiors - alternatively numinous and banal, as one encounters them in meditation. One definition of meditation: "to slow things down". In this sense the work is meditative - both as process and as product. He paints slowly and patiently, in search of "a silent clarity beyond chatter about meaning". The resulting works demand to be looked at in the same spirit.

Having had his work selected three times for the Brett Kebble Art Awards exhibition, Andries Gouws has had one man shows in Durban, Cape Town, Chicago and Oudtshoorn (KKNK). He has participated in numerous group exhibitions in South Africa and abroad and was one of 18 painters featured in last year's special issue of Art South Africa on Painting in South Africa.

The exhibition currently on view at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery has been to the Grahamstown Festival, the Oliewenhuis Museum in Bloemfontein, and the Aardklop Art festival in Potchefstroom. After the exhibition at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery, the work will go to the art galleries of the University of Stellenbosch, the Pretoria Art Museum and the KZNSA in Durban.

Andries Gouws gratefully acknowledges help for his travelling exhibition Hiding behind simple things from The National Arts Council of South Africa; The Royal Netherlands Embassy, Pretoria, and Stuttaford Van Lines.

The exhibition runs until October 25 and the UJ Art Gallery is situated on the Auckland Park-Kingsway Campus c/o Kingsway and University Road, Auckland Park. More information on 011 489 2099.




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