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 Bio

Completed a Higher Diploma in Fine Art at Durban Institute of Technology
Solo Exhibitions
"Anatomy of the Un-seen", artSPACE durban 
"Darkness and Wonder", KZNSA Gallery, Durban
"A Sense of.......", Gordart Gallery, Johannesburg
"A Sense of.......", artSPACE durban
"Co-ordinates", artSPACE durban
KZNSA Gallery, Durban
"Inversion", Bang the Gallery, Cape Town
The Art Sceen, Durban
Selected Group Exhibitions
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
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 
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
"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
"Exression", 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
"Project" curated by Carol Lee, Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg
Gordart end of year show, Johannesburg
"Malleable", artSPACE durban
Representing artSPACE durban at the Norman Dunn Gallery, Hilton Arts Festival
"About the surface", with Themba Shibase, Deanne Donaldson and Gabi Ngcobo, curated by Nathi Gumede, KZNSA Gallery, Durban
"Icons", Gallery 415, Durban
Representing artSPACE durban at the Hilton Arts Festival
"Jabulisa 2006", a show representing the art and craft of KwaZulu-Natal, touring the national galleries in the province
Moja Modern, Johannesburg
Tamasa Gallery, Durban
"Paean to Paint", artSPACE durban
Invited to participate in the selected members exhibition at the KZNSA Gallery, Durban
The Art Scene, Durban
Photographic exhibition for fine artists at the KZNSA gallery
Selected to participate in the Durban Institute of Technology Permanent Collection titled "Confronting Landscape"
KZNSA Gallery, Durban
The Art Scene, Durban
"Flowers and Things", exhibited oil paintings and chalk pastel drawings, among the invited artists were Bronwyn Findlay and Andrew Verster , KZNSA Gallery, Durban
National Volkskas exhibition, one of the ten Natal artists selected, touring exhibition
"Come up and see my etchings", KZNSA, Durban
"Bearings", KZNSA Gallery, Durban, sculpture and paintings
Face to Face Youth Festival Art Exhibition and Competition, Durban Institute of Technology Gallery
Selected students were invited to exhibit at the Norman Dunn Gallery, Hilton College
The Higher Diploma Fine Art Students were invited to exhibit a selection of their works at the Jack Heath Gallery at the University of Pieternaritzburg
Higher Diploma Fine Art Students were invited to exhibit a the KZNSA Gallery, Durban
A finalist in the Swan Young Artists Award KZNSA Gallery, Durban
"Electronics in Art" fundraiser auction and exhibition to raise funds for the South African National Tuberculosis Association, Johannesburg

Exhibitions Curated
"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.
"Malleable", artSPACE durban
"Works on Paper", KZNSA Gallery, Durban

Exhibitions at the KZNSA

Main, Mezzanine and Park Contemporary Galleri
Mezzanine Gallery
Darkness and Wonder: New oil paintings by Grace Kotze