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Durban – A uniquely South African exhibition with artworks reflecting the country’s landscapes opened last night at The Gallery at the Studios in Ballito, after attracting entries countrywide.
There were 50 finalists in the 2022 Landscape Artist Award Exhibition that will be showcased. The overall winning work was announced as Golden Gate Dawn by Wayne Glossop.
Gallery curator and exhibition judge, Jane Digby said Golden Gate Dawn, done in oils, was “admirable in that the artist captured the perspective and distance but also captured the serenity. It’s done at almost the same height as a fish eagle, but the detail is incredible and captures the quietness of the African landscape.
“It’s not a photograph but an artistic rendering and it was done superbly,” she said.
Digby added that this year’s competition was flooded with entries and it was an honor for the gallery to be chosen to exhibit the finalists’ work.
The prestigious exhibition is hosted and produced by the South African Artist magazine and online platform and is considered a “feather in the cap” for any SA landscape artist who is chosen to exhibit.
The different art mediums used were watercolour, acrylic, oil, drawing and mixed media, with a winner in each category and an overall winner. The total competition prize money was worth R80 000, with the winner receiving a first prize of R40 000.
Digby added that landscapes capture the essence of South Africa’s beauty, whether traditional or more contemporary.
“Landscape art is a crucial, widely-practised and far-reaching component of the visual arts repertoire. This exhibition shines the spotlight on the genre, celebrates the work and allows artists from around the country to engage and connect with one another.
“South African landscapes are represented in so many different ways and celebrate our heritage,” said Digby, adding that landscapes were timeless and beautiful.
Curator Phindile Mkize from the African Art Centre, which is collaborating with the gallery, said the artworks “are amazing”.
Mkize and gallery manager and artist David Wachania curated the exhibition and the African Art Center is also showcasing some contemporary African evening jewelery at the exhibition.
African Art Centre’s Janine Caramanus said collaborations during the pandemic had created different platforms for artists to show their work.
“Our artists have taken traditional African beaded jewelery and created contemporary evening wear jewellery,” said Caramanus, adding that their artists could also create bespoke jewelery pieces.
There is also a mixed selection of sculptures and ceramics on show.
The Gallery at the Studios is at the Ballito Lifestyle Center and the exhibition runs until March 21.
For more information, WhatsApp The Gallery on 072 245 8691.
The Independent on Saturday