Grace Kotze

The Following is taken from Grace Kotze's WEBSITE

I am a Durban based artist born in 1968. I work primarily as a painter but also curate and teach part time. No matter what discipline I am engaged in, my concerns are with furthering my own and others understanding of the visual language of expression and image making in the fine art field.

My work is motivated by the challenge of fusing my emotional intent with visual and technical concerns. At present oil painting is my primary tool, its phenomenally versatile nature offers never-ending possibilities of exploration.

In order to produce works of integrity I have to paint from an emotional point of reference. I am very aware of utilizing imagery I have a profound connection to. My paintings function on an autobiographical level documenting both my internal and external vision. I paint places and people from my everyday life, using the familiar as a direct link to an emotive sense of self.

 

Artist's CV

1990

Completed a Higher Diploma in Fine Art at Durban Institute of Technology

 

Public and Corporate Collections

Spier /Yellowwoods Trust

Luciano Benetton Collection to be shown in Venice during the Biennale of 2015

Durban Art Gallery

Dundee Museum

Durban University of Technology

Anglo America

Spar head office

 

Solo Exhibitions

2018

KZNSA Gallery, Durban, "Spoils of a Creative Forage"

2016

“Taking Pause”, Longmynd, Durban

2015

“Learning to let go”, Ebony Gallery, Cape Town

2014

“13 years –Mid career retrospective”, artSPACE Durban

2013

“Within”, Ebony Gallery, Cape Town

“Internal Markings”, Showcase gallery, Dubai

2012

“thaw”, KZNSA Gallery, Durban

2011   

"Anatomy of the Un-seen", artSPACE Durban 

2009

"Darkness and Wonder", KZNSA Gallery, Durban

2007

"A Sense of.......", Gordart Gallery, Johannesburg

"A Sense of.......", artSPACE Durban

2006

"Co-ordinates", artSPACE Durban

2005

KZNSA Gallery, Durban

2000

"Inversion", Bang the Gallery, Cape Town

"Inversion", The Art Seen, Durban

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018

“Studio G”, The Bay Hotel, curated by Aidon Westcott,  Camps Gay

“Indestructible”, Trent Gallery, curated by Anna Liebenberg, Pretoria

“Assumption”, Trent Gallery, curated by Anna Liebenberg, Pretoria

”Radius 50”, The Gallery Riebeek-Kasteel, Riebeek Valley

“Slow the flow”, The Gallery Riebeek-Kasteel, Riebeek Valley

“Birds & Botanicals”, curated by Gernot Achleitner, The Foundry Gallery, Cape Town

“KENNIS”, curated by Alex Hamilton, Woordfees, SU Museum, Stellenbosch

“Step into your Shoes”, curated by Anna Liebenberg, Johann van Heerden’s Art Gallery

2017

 “In with the New”, The Gallery Riebeek-Kasteel, Riebeek Valley

“Forward”, curated by Grace Kotze, The Breathing Space, Durban

“Together, Apart”, artSPACE durban

“Opskiet by the Museum”, curated by Alex Hamilton, Woordfees, SU Museum, Stellenbosch

“Mythology/Morphology”, DF Contemporary Art, Cape Town

“Dialogues“, Curated by Jennifer Reynolds, StateoftheART, Cape Town

“Summer Group Exhibition”, IS Art, Franschhoek

2016

“The Purple Starman Mash-Up”, curated by Alex Hamilton, Cape Town

“Portervile Open Studio Weekend”, curated by Alex Hamilton JP Meyer, Porterville

“The Grand III”, a group show at Rust-en-Vrede, Cape Town

“Transitional”, curated by Grace Kotze at The Breathing Space, Durban

“Transmutation”, group show at Knysna Fine Art Gallery

Participated on nine group shows, Loading Bay gallery

“Interlude” – curated by Carol Lee, Johannesburg

2015

Part of the Benetton traveling collection show at the Venice Biennale

A two-person exhibition with Melody French at artSPACE durban

A two-person exhibition with JP Meyer, "Oomblik", Woordfees, Stellenbosch

A two-person exhibition with Jonathan Gecelter at Diedericks Faber Fine art

“When my eyes are open”, The Breathing Space, Durban

“Manifesto”, curated by Carol Lee, Johannesburg

2014

Upstairs at Bamboo, curated by Carol Lee, Johannesburg

Alex Hamilton, “Flippen Vlambaar” Exhibition, Cape Town

Mashup, “Freeda” curated by Alex Hamilton, Cape Town

2013

“Homosapien”, Kznsa Gallery, Durban

“Velvet”, Absa KKNK (Klein Karoo Nationale Kunstefees), curated by Christiaan Diedericks, Oudtshoorn

The Art Business, Picketburg

The Art Business, Picketburg

“Anthropology”, The Breathing Space, Durban

“Who I am”, Fat Tuesday, Durban

2012

“Inspiration 2”, artSPACE Durban

“Mix”, Curated by Carol Lee, Johannesburg

“Who I am”, Fat Tuesday, Durban

2011

Ebony, Cape Town

“More is More”, curated by Gordon Froud, FADA Gallery, Johannesburg

artSPACE Durban, "Inspiration" - Durban Art Gallery Archive Show

KZNSA Gallery, curated by Bren Brophy

Upstairs at Bamboo, Curated by Carol Lee, Johannesburg

“The End”, artSPACE Durban

2010

The opening of Gallery 2 (previously Gallery on the Square), Johannesburg

Jabulisa 2010 - Natal Arts Trust juried exhibition, opening at the Tatham Art Gallery, and touring South Africa

"Big is Beautiful", artSPACE durban

“KZN” - artists from around Durban, curated by Carol Lee, Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg  
2009

Gallery on the Square, Johannesburg

"Review", curated by Carol Lee, Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg

"Enigma", curated by Carol Lee, Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg

Hilton College Arts Fair Show, curated by artSPACE durban

Affordable Arts Fair, artSPACE Durban

2008

"17th Annual SALON", Rose Korber Art, Cape Town

"Heaven", South Gallery, Cape Town

"Transform", curated by Carol Lee, Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg

"Formation", artSPACE durban

"Expression", curated by Carol Lee, Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg

"diminutive", artSPACE durban

"Christmas Present Show", Gordart Gallery, Johannesburg

"Sell, sell, sell", curated by Gordon Froud

"Wildlands Art for Conservation Exhibition", curated Lindsay Davies, Durban

2007

"Project" curated by Carol Lee, Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg

Gordart end of year show, Johannesburg

"Malleable", artSPACE durban

"About the surface", with Themba Shibase, Deanne Donaldson and Gabi Ngcobo, curated by Nathi Gumede, KZNSA Gallery, Durban

"Icons", Gallery 415, Durban

2006

Representing artSPACE durban at the Hilton Arts Festival

"Jabulisa 2006", touring the national galleries in the province

Moja Modern, Johannesburg

2005

Tamasa Gallery, Durban

"Paean to Paint", artSPACE durban

 

Exhibitions Curated

2017

“Forward”, The Breathing Space, Durban

2016

“Transition”, The Breathing Space, Durban

Loading Bay Gallery, owner of and curator of 9 group shows

 “MASTERS, The Marriage of Craft and Art” at the KZNSA Gallery

2015

“When my eyes are open”, The Breathing Space, Durban

“Anthropology III”, The Breathing Space, Durban

2014

“Anthropology II”, The Breathing Space, Durban

2013

“Homosapien”, Kznsa Gallery, Durban

2012

“Who I am”, Fat Tuesday, Kloof, Durban

2012

“Anthropology”, The Breathing Space, Durban

2008

“Process”, artspace Durban

2007

"Malleable", artSPACE durban

1993

"Works on Paper", KZNSA Gallery, Durban







Exhibitions Curated
2008
"Formation", artSPACE durban, the show aimed to give the spectator insights into the psyche of five painters and their thought process in producing a work of art. Included on the show are the painters, Dee Donaldson, Grace Kotze, Anet Norval and Janet Solomon

"diminutive", artSPACE durban. The exhibition aimed to draw attention to the unobtrusive miniature which is often overlooked with attention being drawn to "showy" large scale works. This exhibition venerates the voice of the small, its ability to express the modest as well as the grand. The exhibition showcased twenty six artists of a variety of mediums ranging from precious metals, scrimshaw, sculpture, graphics, painting. Among the participants were established as well as emerging artists.
2007
"Malleable", artSPACE durban
1993
"Works on Paper", KZNSA Gallery, Durban

Exhibitions at the KZNSA

Spoils of a Creative Forage
Mezzanine Gallery
Homosapien
Main, Mezzanine and Park Contemporary Galleri
thaw
Mezzanine Gallery
Darkness and Wonder: New oil paintings by Grace Kotze
Main