Capturing life through art

2012-08-09 00:00

“BECAUSE my work is subjective, it reflects my view at the time in which it is made,” Heather Gourlay-Conyngham says of her intriguing paintings, which are currently on show in the main exhibition hall of the Tatham Art Gallery in Chief Albert Luthuli (Commercial) Street, Pietermaritzburg. Titled Unfoldings, the exhibition is a retrospective of Gourlay-Conyngham’s past 20 years, and therefore reveals the time in which she has juggled being a teacher, wife and mother, with her need to paint.

She lovingly recreates every fold in a piece of cloth, and every wrinkle in the skin of the subject is shown. The result is captivating.

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