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STEP INTO THE FUTURE (article first published : 2008-04-19)

San-inspired artist Coral Fourie will host a one-woman exhibition entitled Step into the Future at the Fresh Paint Gallery from April 24.

Space, time and mankind’s symbolic interpretation thereof all intrigue and fascinate Coral Fourie. The mysteries of the past intertwine with the mysteries of the future to bring to life her bold and brightly coloured canvases.

She was born and grew up in the former Bechuanaland Protectorate. She studied art in Pretoria and lectured art at many High Schools starting at Lichtenburg High School in 1958. As an artist she enjoys painting in pastels, oils and watercolours, choosing subjects mostly concerned with being human, physically and mentally. She does not paint according to a fixed "style", but her work varies from realism to the almost childlike symbolism.

Coral Fourie is a nature lover, and the influence of the San - particularly as part of nature and their philosophy - is clearly to be found in all aspects of her life and works. A renowned artist and author who derives her inspiration from the San culture, religion and philosophy as well as from nature, she has illustrated and written a book about San stories that has been translated into French.

She places great importance on nature, which she sees as “between simple physical demands for shelter and food and the much more complex demands of the psychic life of an individual”. Aside from her love of nature, she sites people and “being wholly human” as the “main challenge and theme” in her work. She has created simple representations with flattened perspective reminiscent of bushman pictographs. Although otherwise colourful, white lines dominate many of the paintings giving them a graphic, just-scratched in rock quality.

Step into the Future runs from April 24 to May 17 and Fresh Paint is situated at 60 Davenport Road in Glenwood. Coral Fourie will be in attendance on April 24 and 25 between 10h00 and 15h00; and on April 26 April between 10h00 and 13h30.More information on 031 201 8367.




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