Art to inspire

2011-05-19 00:00

THREE talented midlands artists will be sharing a platform in Inspirations, at the Hilton Quarry Centre from tomorrow until Saturday.

Hilton-based painters Marion Lowe and Jocelyn Boyley will be joined by Nottingham Road sculptor Sarah Richards for the exhibition, which will be formally opened by Mary Carlisle at 5.30 pm tomorrow.

Lowe, who was born in Vereeniging, started painting seriously in the late eighties — and in 1998 she and her husband relocated from Johannesburg to the midlands, where she built her own art studio and gallery on the grounds of her bed and breakfast, and was able to devote all her spare time to her art.

Lowe is an accomplished artist, whose paintings can be found in homes and galleries both in South Africa and in Europe, Australia and America.

Her landscapes, flowers and still-life works are created using both oils and watercolours, and are rich in both shade and texture.

Boyley was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1932 and came to South Africa as a war evacuee in 1941 with her parents and maternal grandmother. Her father was a professional artist and cartoonist, and was her very early influence.

Educated at Roedean school, Johannesburg, she excelled in art under the guidance of Erica Berry and later studied with Walter Battiss in Pretoria and Cecily Sash in Johannesburg. She returned to painting full-time in 1976, after her marriage to the late Errol Boyley.

Boyley uses acrylic, gouache and gesso painting, as well as oils to create her landscapes, figure studies and flowers. Her paintings hang in many private collections in South Africa and elswhere.

Last, but not least, is Durban-born Richards, who is known for her stunning bronze sculptures, which capture animals and birds, as well as human figures.

Since her early days of study, Richards has focused on developing the skill of juxtaposing detail and anatomical accuracy with gestural marks which reflect the sculpture-creating process.

As light dances over the irregular surface of these expressive marks in the bronze medium, the static sculpture is brought to a sense of life and animation.

Inspirations can be viewed from 9 am to 5 pm tomorrow, and 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the paintings and sculptures will be donated to the Pieter­maritzburg Rotary Club.

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