A visit from Spain

2008-11-27 00:00

The Blue Caterpillar Gallery at Butterflies for Africa will host an exhibition of works by Spanish artist Didier Lourenço from Saturday until December 31. Travelling from his studio in Barcelona, Lourenço will be on hand for the opening of the exhibition on Saturday at 11 am. He will bring with him 30 original oils and handmade lithographs, which will be on display and for sale, ranging in price from under R2 000 to over R50 000.

Lourenço’s work contains various themes from the daily life of the Mediterranean, including typical red tiles, white stucco cityscapes and lone figures with bicycles. The “bicycle man” has become something of a thread running through many of Lourenço’s pieces.

Lourenço writes in his book, Small Moments: “This character is an icon. It allows me to put a viewer inside my painting. He has been repeated so many times he has evolved into a member of the family. I believe the presence of this character has helped me give more poetry to my work. Aesthetically, I like the form of the bicycle, the wheels, the metal. It is such a simple mechanism — it doesn’t pollute, it doesn’t make noise. It allows you to see the world in a calmer, more pleasant way, as if life were something slower than it is.”

A newer motif in Lourenço’s work is large, boldly colourful portraits of women. An original of one of these, entitled Blue Hair, will be on display and for sale.

This exhibition is the premier event in the relaunching of the Blue Caterpillar Gallery. All are welcome, and admission to the exhibition (including the opening) and gallery is free. Hours are 9 am to 4.30 pm on weekdays, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm on Saturdays and 10.30 am to 3.30 pm on Sundays.

For more information, phone 033 387 1356 or visit www.butterflies.co.za

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