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"Grace Kotze: Paintings"
2005-03-08 until 2005-03-27
ZA South Africa
Grace Kotze is a Durban based artist, and will present an exhibition of large-scale and smaller oil paintings. Kotze studied at the Technickon Natal, and received a Higher Diploma in Fine Art. She works as an artist and muralist, and has completed numerous large-scale commissions for private and corporate clients. This is her second solo exhibition. The exhibition is an exploration of the emotive qualities of landscapes and the human form and three broad areas of content are apparent in her work. Landscape, the human body and heavenly formations (stars and nebula) are constant references. Formally the artist breaks up structured spaces on the surface of her works through a variety of chance mark makings, against tighter and more controlled and representational areas in the work.
The exhibition is funded through a grant from the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund >
Kotze constantly works against her natural inclination to control the paint in her works. Her experience as a muralist means that she regularly works on extremely large surfaces, and this confidence is evident in the ambitious scale of her works. In contrast with this Kotze will also present small, intense works as a contra-point to these works.
Kotze states that , I find it easy to fall into a safe way of painting that is showy, presenting a well painted image with an accurate representation of the subject. One of the ways I try and break away from this is to introduce an element of chance into mark making and to make colour and structural decisions from an emotional level. Marks created through running paint, liquid paint left to dry on a flat surface, splatted and smeared paint in the making of a very specific form adds a level of painting that incorporates the abstract.
The exhibition is funded through a grant from the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund