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Sunday, August 26, 2012


(Spanish Rose – sculpture by Owen Llewellyn Davies)

The Green Gallery in Mount Edgecombe presents A Splash of Red where three well-known South African artists share their interpretation of the theme. The participating artists are Ian van Zyl, Nicole Pletts and Owen Llewellyn Davies.

Ian Van Zyl was born in Kimberley and raised on a farm in the district. He started drawing and painting at an early age, inspired by the immense open spaces and wild animals that were part of his daily life. After completing his education at Grey College with Art as a subject, he studied at the Joburg School of Art and is now an accomplished and sought-after fine artist. He embarks on an extended trip into the bush every year, often spending long periods alone in remote parts of South Africa, Botswana and Namibia where he finds his greatest inspiration.

Zimbabwean born, Owen Llewellyn Davies grew up on a cattle ranch spending his young creative energy and free time shaping figures out of clay. This is where his love for sculpting developed, mastering the proportions of his muse to make them appear extremely lifelike. His remarkable attention to detail was obvious in his earlier days of discovering his passion. This versatile sculptor's work is displayed around the world in large companies and also by discerning private collectors. Davies' talent for conveying motion, power and movement gives his work a depth which affords lasting pleasure.

Durban-born Nicole Pletts has been painting for 12 years and is generally drawn to light and/or movement. She uses all her own images and likes taking photographs early morning or late afternoon when the colours are more subdued. Pletts is currently Vice-President of the KZNSA in Durban and is also involved in Arts Interactive. She has participated in many group exhibitions and was a finalist for SASOL New Signatures 2009 (Pretoria Art Museum) and Jabulisa 2006 (Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg).

A Splash of Red runs from August 30 to September 4, with the opening taking place at 18h00 on August 30. The Green Gallery is situated at Flanders Mall, Flanders Drive, Mount Edgecombe. More information on 031 502 2757.