/ CURRENT Exhibitions
Willie van Rensburg
10 November 2017 till 29 November 2017 at 12h00
According to Greek mythology the phoenix is a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn as it rises from the ashes of its predecessor. Thus the phoenix has become a reference to symbolise renewal in general and can be used to describe something which has been restored in an alternative guise.
Analogous to this notion of the phoenix, the Pretoria artist, Willie van Rensburg, has taken aspects of his earlier ideas and works which have become ‘seeds’ from which he has propagated for this exhibition. In his work Willie prefers to use acrylic, oils and mixed media. His style is impressionistic in essence, yet bold with the use of vivid colours. It is noticeable in his work that he is strongly influenced by his graphic design background. He favours African inspired themes but also indulges his passion for the naive and naive ethnic style.
Over the years the artist has held many successful solo and group exhibitions countrywide. He has also been commissioned by various major corporate institutions throughout South Africa, and his work can be seen in public and private collections nationally and internationally.
Home is just a place
An exhibition of mixed media works by Loeritha Saayman
Opens on Friday 3 November 2017 at 18h30 for 19h00
Celebrated Pretoria artist and art tutor Loeritha Saayman, who studied art through UNISA and opened the Brooklyn Fine Arts Studio in 2000, was in art residency in Paris France for three months starting at the end of 2015.
The works on this exhibition is a response from the artist on her temporary home and experience in Paris. The city’s romantic character stood in sharp contrast with tight security measures and a sombre mood, after the terrorist attacks in November 2015. The artist became an observer and spectator of vulnerable people, locals and foreigners alike, going about their daily business, against a backdrop of winter greys. These people, documented by photography, street sketching and life-drawing sketches, became the source material and inspiration of the two and three-dimensional works on this exhibition.
The exhibition will be opened by Caroline Terblanche on Friday 3 November 2017 at 18h30 for 19h00 and runs until Wednesday 22 November 2017.
A body of paintings and illustrations by Angela Banks
27 October 2017 to 15 November 2017
Angela Banks regards this as a body of work that reflects what it is to give and receive in this life. Feathers are very fragile on the one hand but on the other strong and perfectly designed for their purpose. They represent the minute but accurate weight required for flight and freedom.
This exhibition focuses on the subtleties present in our everyday lives - the little things that may seem unimportant but are in essence powerfully relevant. Relationships and kingdoms are lost due to slight errors in judgment, but if we pay attention to those 'slights', represented by the feather, relationships can be saved and competitions won.
The decorative illustrations and narrative based paintings in watercolour express an appreciation of the gifts we are lavished with in this life that are to be made use of to better our lives and the lives of others.
Potter of the month
Sharon Mitrie opened her own pottery studio in Pretoria in 1977, soon after she obtained her Ceramics Diploma in 1976. Just before she started out on her own, she spent three months working with Gillian Bickell in Fourways, Johannesburg.
During her pottery career Sharon has completed many private commissions such as table ware of all descriptions, wash basins, murals, miniature planters, plaques, vases and various odd requests for commodities made from clay.
Teaching is an ongoing passion and as her aim was to master the potter’s wheel, she enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise of this skill to others.
Her exhibition opens on Sunday 5 November 2017 at 10h30 for 11h00 and runs until Wednesday 29 November 2017.