Saturday, February 19, 2011

"Outside In" at Green with Envy

Currently showing at Green with Envy, Durban is the group exhibition entitled "Outside In". Below is a sample of works by the various participating artists. The exhibition runs until the end of March.

Zelda Davidson, Abstract Crimson Roses

Debbie Frizelle, Tree Frog Series

Jen de Cerff, Strawberries in Pot

Pat Lategan, Sun Flowers

Ana Pereira de Vlieg, Dancing Rose

Polly Edley, Chicken 2

Robb Gerritsen, Aloe Ferox

For more information on the exhibition please see the post below

Green with Envy Exhibition - Now on until the end of March

Robb Gerritsen and Ana Pereira de Vlieg have curated the latest exhibition at ‘Green with Envy’ Cafe and Nursery. The exhibition titled  “ OUTSIDE IN “ could not have been more fitting. The countrified atmosphere of the shop sets the scene and upon wandering up the stone stairs, passing the conference centre towards the restaurant, one cannot help but feel light on one’s feet. The grand old trees provide cool shade whilst the open doors and windows frame bits of the surrounding city.

The exhibition not only comprises works by Gerritsen and de Vlieg but also include artists working out of de Vlieg’s studio. Robb Gerritsen and Zelda Davidson have put on quite a show with their studies of robust and monumental ‘Aloes’ that mark the indigenous nature of our land. Look up above the doorway of the restaurant and see how “Glowing Protea” by Gerritsen vibrates with life. In the same room, as your eyes roam outside across lush green vegetation, you will catch sight of  Pereira de Vlieg’s lyrical and delicate study of the rose and forest floor.

Subtle hues and contrasting blues spread themselves across the conference’s main far sided wall. Works by Sarah Lategan investigate water footage from her recent trek through Africa. Pat Lategan ends the panel with an exclamation mark by painting a very lively ‘palette knife’ sunflower in a blue and white striped bowl. These paintings enhance the happy serenity of this room.

Descending back down the stairs one finds oneself back in the shop where attractive paintings can be found peeping in between gorgeous goodies for purchase. Jen de Cerff has painted delicious juicy strawberries in a terracotta pot, a delight to the imagination. Polly Edley has painted eye catching patterned roosters.  Being a decorator, Polly has a superb understanding of colour and this flows into her work. And last but not least one finds a series of little green tree frogs delicately painted on small square canvases, showing immense character. More work is to be added by one more artist called Kerry Howell so watch this space.

Van Gogh is known to have said “ I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream.

The exhibition runs until the end of March 2011

Green with Envy
281 Vause Road
Durban, Kwazulu-Natal
031 201 3779
Setting up.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

In the Press.

A collection of old and new press clippings featuring my work and exhibitions, has now been added to my website (on the CV page). Here's a quick link to download the pdf.

A day in the life...


Today had a different feel to it. Today our focused and selfless hat that goes with being a mother was to be replaced by an artists beret. An intriguing women artist and teacher, from Nigeria, was in town. With great excitement, we would be travelling to Hilton to attend a live figure drawing class under Hermine Colemans instruction.