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PRAYERS, DREAMS AND MEMORIES (article first published : 2008-03-10)

Opening on April 1 at the KZNSA Gallery is Prayers, Dreams and Memories, an exhibition of paintings in oil on canvas by Aidan Walsh.

Aidan Walsh is one of Durbanís most established painters. Known primarily for his seemingly desolate landscapes and outwardly empty buildings, the visual language of Walsh has steadily been honed as one concerned with the simultaneous depiction of both presence and absence, creating narratives that are teeming with invisible life yet infinitely lonely.

In this, his first solo exhibition in three years, Aidan Walsh continues with this exploration. Here now drawing upon his visits to the Northern Cape, the artist recreates the patina of arid empty spaces and desolate buildings within his masterful strokes of oil on canvas. These sandy browns and sky blues give way, in his later work, to the vibrant greens of the more recent studies of his home town, Durban, and the exuberance of its life-forms.

Also on view are his narrative portraits, where naked unadorned men make their way across the landscape, eliciting in the viewer a sense of wonder as to the adventures ahead.

Jacobus van Heerden, a member of the popular Neon Anthems, will introduce the exhibition at 18h00 on April 1, thereafter the exhibition runs until April 20.

For more information contact the KZNSA Gallery curator Brenton Maart on 031 202 3686, fax 031 201-8051 or email: curator@kznsagallery.co.za




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