With a love for our continent’s people and landscapes, three artists create work that reflects the diversity of our environment. Each with a distinct style, Alex Marmarellis, Lesley Charnock, and Grace Kotze, all produce pieces that are inspired by everyday South African scenes.
Grace Kotze completed a higher diploma in Fine Art at the Durban University of Technology and has been doing solo exhibitions for the last 18 years. While Grace works primarily as a painter, she also spends some of her time curating and teaching on a part-time basis.
Creating art, for Grace, is about making sense of her environment and visually representing her emotions with the use of colour, tones, and images. Her work ranges from paintings of people and landscapes to foliage and still life objects. She is driven by a belief that paint and emotions can work together to transform the mundane into visually intriguing subjects. As such, her work reflects everyday scenes and objects in compelling and interesting ways.
Creating mostly oil paintings, Grace has exhibited in various galleries around the country, from Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, to Oudtshoorn, Piketberg, and Stellenbosch, as well as internationally in Dubai and Venice.
Grace’s work can be found at the StateoftheART Gallery in Buitenkant Street, Cape Town www.stateoftheart-gallery.com