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MOVEMENT ART FLOW (article first published : 2008-08-9)

Fresh Paint Art Gallery is hosting a series of exhibitions with a local African flavour: Celebrate African Art, starting off with three Zambian artists entitled a Movement Art Flow.

The series will include exhibitions from Zambia, Congo, Mozambique and local artists. The Zambian exhibition will have the two talented Lungu brothers, Jim and Jeff and their colleague Laurence MacTibuoy.

Rendered in mix medium on canvas, an impressive display of Zambian paintings will take art lovers on an exciting visual journey of everyday life and events with strong visual links with such movements as expressionism, futurism and impressionism with a modern twist. The works are mostly created using a series of boldly-coloured dots, stripes, numbers, letters and swirls which create a mosaic-like effect. The reader responds very differently if looking at the piece from close up or from a distance.

The artistic talents of the Lungu brothers extend further than painting; both of them are accomplished reggae musicians. To earn money to purchase art materials, the Lungus take on signwriting jobs in Lusaka. They live in the same location in Lusaka. Jim (37) boasts having sold a painting to the New Jersey Museum in the United States while Jeff (40) won the 2007 Artist of the Year award in Zambia.

Adding to the mix is Laurence MacTribouy who exhibited at the French Embassy and Art Institution in Zambia. His style could be seen as very tactile and 3D incorporating elements such as rope, feathers and material. Since the age of 10, Laurence MacTribouy has been sketching and then progressed to painting at the age of 16. Being an entrepreneur, he went into the business of selling sewing machines but continued painting. Combining his passion and what he was good at, MacTribouy became involved in travelling to South Africa buying art materials to resell in Zambia.

The following exhibition will be Nivea finalist, Welcome Danca who will be involved in his first solo exhibition.

Fresh Paint is an airy spacious gallery specialising in unusual pieces of art from throughout South Africa. It operates from a gracious Victorian home (with rather large distinctive blue spotted dogs on the roof) at 60 Davenport Road in Glenwood, which is part of the Durbanís suburbís thriving cultural Renaissance.

Gallery hours are weekdays 09h00 to 14h00 (Saturday 09h00 to 13h00) Ė or after hours by appointment. For more information, contact the Gallery on 031 201 8367.




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