BIO

I am an artist living in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. I have a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from the Durban University of Technology. I give private painting classes and have been lecturing at tertiary level for several years.

My primary area of expertise is oil painting. You can read my general artist statement below, and some of the works displayed on this site have accompanying artist statements.

 


 

ARTIST STATEMENT

In my work, I explore ideas of collection, observation, and preservation. I work mostly with still life compositions.

Although still life is primarily the study of inanimate objects, ultimately it is also a study of humanity. It deals with the traces we leave behind, capturing the silence and stillness that remain after we are gone.

My still life works can be seen as an attempt to understand the world by exploring and examining its physical elements. However, I don't always assemble my choice of objects according to conventional ideas of how the world should be arranged. The results are strange and sometimes incongruous combinations of subject matter.

This subtle discord is enhanced by the compositional use of recessed spaces. These create the illusion that the pictorial space is situated directly in front of the viewer, as opposed to being a representation of a scene that exists at some other time and place. This heightens the immediacy and intimacy of the painting, stripping away the safety barrier between the viewer and the subject matter. The surface of the painting becomes a thin boundary that separates the space of our world from the space of the painted world.

My technical approach to painting is also an important consideration. My painting style is time and labour intensive, and I combine sound traditional techniques with up-to-date research on materials. This approach to craftsmanship is intrinsic to the process of examination and preservation that I am engaged in with my subject matter.

 


 

EXHIBITIONS

Solo Exhibitions:

2011 • Assemblage, Tatham Art Gallery (Schreiner Gallery), Pietermaritzburg
2009 • Morphology, KZNSA Gallery, Durban
2007 • Specimen 97-07, KZNSA Gallery, Durban
2004 • True Life Story, artSPACE durban, Durban
   

Selected Group Exhibitions:  

2016  Transition, The Breathing Space, Durban
 Show 4, Loading Bay Gallery, Durban
2015  Gallery Launch, Loading Bay Gallery, Durban
2014  Anthropology II, The Breathing Space, Durban
 Exhale, artSPACE durban, Durban
2013 Homosapien, KZNSA Gallery, Durban
2011 Inspiration: Durban Art Gallery Archive Show, artSPACE durban, Durban
2010 • Gallery Launch, L'Artiste Gallery, Cheshire, England
  • Wildlands Art for Conservation, Spier Wine Estate, Cape Town
2009 • Enigma, Upstairs@Bamboo, Johannesburg
  • ALPOA, artSPACE berlin, Berlin
2008 • Heaven, South Gallery, Cape Town
  • diminutive, artSPACE durban, Durban
  • Johannesburg Art Fair, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
2007 • Marks on Paper, KZNSA Gallery, Durban
  • From Here to There, AVA , Cape Town
2006 • Buzz Art, KZNSA Gallery, Durban
  • ABSA L’Atelier Exhibition, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg
2005 • Paean to Paint, artSPACE durban, Durban
2004 • The Brett Kebble Art Awards, International Convention Centre, Cape Town
  • Instil, St Mary’s Hall, Durban
2003 • Samp and Beans, Bean Bag Bohemia, Durban
1999 • Senior Students Exhibition, Civic Gallery, Johannesburg
  • ABSA Atelier Exhibition, African Window Museum, Pretoria
1998 • Volkskas Bank Atelier Exhibition, Pietersburg Art Museum, Pietersburg
   

Awards:  Merit Award (one of four) in the 1998 Volkskas Bank Atelier Competition