national Arts Festival Banner

Monday, April 1, 2013


A participant in the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, the ArtKaroo gallery holds exhibitions throughout the year, focusing on fine art from the Karoo. Housed in a beautifully renovated sandstone cottage, the gallery sells unique pieces, large and small, inspired by this remarkable, semi-desert area.

As always, ArtKaroo is playing a very active role in this year's Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, with four major events AND exhibitions across two venues in Oudtshoorn.

As part of its guest artist programme, ArtKaroo is hosting a solo exhibition by gifted Durban fine artist Grace Kotze who describes her collection of paintings as forming “part of my emotional journey in which I use the human form, landscapes and insects as communicative tools...

“I draw greatly from the natural world,” Kotze continues, ”but then interpret it through my love of paint and the great pull of the emotive. This collection of paintings form part of my emotional journey in which I use the human form, landscapes and insects as communicative tools. The images depicted on this show are filtered through my emotional “intent”. Two of the main elements I use in order to communicate an emotional intent are my use of tone and colour. I love manipulating the way light falls on an image, veiling areas and revealing others as important. Changing colour also alters the emotional tenure of a work and is a means of making the image my own.

"As a painter,” Kotze adds, “we are equipped with a multitude of magical tools with which to investigate our internal and external worlds. I feel very fortunate to be an artist with such a challenging and enriching means with which to unravel my understanding of my bearings.”

The ABSA KKNK runs until April 6 in Oudtshoorn. More information on ArtKaroo from 044 279 1093 or Janet Dixon on 083 251 8093 or e-mail ArtKaroo on or Lucy Dixon on

More information on KKNK at