Mixed media and woodcuts on exhibition

2010-04-08 00:00

GRADUATES from the Durban University of Technology are showcasing their work in one of two new exhibitions currently on show at artSPACE durban.

Mixed Media by Young Artists Unite, which can be seen in the main gallery, features photographs, collage, detailed ceramics and illustrations by artists Joanne Hoyer (who recently completed her Master’s degree in fine art), Kevin Goss–Ross (who is currently completing his degree in graphic design), as well as Ashley Jewnarain, Brigitte Laurent, Nivesh Rawatlal, Stephanie Balkisson, Amy-Jo Windt, Deepa Daya and Katherine Symons, who have all recently completed their studies in either fine arts or graphic design.

Also at the gallery at 3 Millar Road, Durban, is Woodcuts by Isaac Sithole. Raised in a family with no artistic background, Sithole began learning the art of woodcarving at the age of 12. Slowly developing his talent, he worked as a professional woodcarver producing sculpture, before discovering woodcut printing, a medium he excels in.

He is currently working with colour reduction woodcut techniques. This involves cutting away at the woodblock each time a new colour is printed. Sithole makes small editions and uses glowing colour combinations to depict the message and mood of the print. He is inspired by daily events in the lives of village people and is sensitive to cultural and historical events such as the flood in Maputo.

His love for the natural world is shown by depictions of fauna and flora in highly decorative landscapes.

Both exhibitions can be seen until April 17. Gallery hours are 10 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday, and 10 am to 1 pm on Saturdays. Inquiries: 031 312 0793. — Arts Editor.

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