Beautiful, creative art

2011-07-14 00:00

BUTTERFLIES for Africa in Willowton Road, Pietermaritzburg, is hosting an exhibition of paintings by Dianne van Wyk.

The artist says her motivation to paint is an intrinsic thing, and that she responds on an emotional level to an image and then translates it into a painting.

Van Wyk’s first love is figurative work, but she has recently started to paint landscapes. She also likes to include a road which runs “through” the painting, enabling the viewer to travel into the work.

Her exhibition runs until the end of July. Inquiries: 033 387 1356.

Other galleries worth visiting are:


artSPACE durban at 3 Millar Road, is hosting two exhibitions: Onthaal Onthul, by ­Naretha ­Pretorius, which is described as “a commemoration, celebration and a revelation”, and The History of Umkhonto we Sizwe: Told Through Artistic Expression — paintings by ­Welcome Danca, until Saturday.

The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, and Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm. Inquiries: 031 312 0793.



A selection of paintings by local artist, Derrick Nxumalo, are on view at the African Art Centre in Florida Road, Durban, until Sunday.

Nxumalo was born in Dumisa, near Scottburgh in 1962. A former gardener, miner and waiter, he added politician to his list of activities in 2003, when he was elected as councillor for the district of Dududu in Kwa­Zulu-Natal.

A self-taught artist, his work is characterised by his skilful use of bold, colours and highly detailed images. Inquiries: 031 312 3805.



The KZNSA Gallery in Bulwer Road, Durban, is hosting three exhibitions: Forever by Frances Goodman, whose work unveils everyday routines, obsessions and social interactions; ­Relaas... — new work by Rosemarie Marriott, who collects material such as animal skin or parts (from taxidermists and local farms) and transforms the material into tender or startling new forms; and Dialogue Among Civlisations, a project by Art for Humanity, which involves collaboration between artists and poets from Africa, and those countries that participated in the 2006 Soccer World Cup. The exhibitions close on July 23.


• Gallery hours: Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday from 9  am to 4 pm, and Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm. Inquiries: 031 277 1705.

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