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Tuesday, October 15, 2013


(The Contoured Land by Anthea Martin, watercolour on paper)

Opening this evening (Tuesday, October 15) at 18h00 at the KZNSA Gallery’s Main Gallery and Mezzanine is an exhibition titled Contour.

This is a group show of invited artists around the theme of Contour. Contour drawing/painting is a technique or mechanism used in the field of art in which the artist sketches the contour of a subject by drawing lines that result in a drawing/painting that is essentially an outline; the French word contour meaning, “outline.”

The purpose of contour drawing is to emphasize the mass and volume of the subject rather than the detail; the focus is on the outlined shape of the subject and not the minor details. Contour may refer to an outline, a silhouette, a figure, an object or a line on a contour map.

Even when filling the negative spaces around an object, a contour can be created. Contour does not necessarily have to be complete. Often a few lines, strokes or dots can define a contour.

The KZNSA invited selected artists to produce work of different mediums around this idea. The exhibition includes work by Terence King, Anthea Martin, Lynette Morris Hale, Rob Domijan, Claude Chandler, Jane Oliver, Daryl Houghton, Nathi Gumede, Wendy von Varendorff and many others.

Contour runs until November 3 at midday. The KZNSA Gallery is situated at 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood Durban. More information on 031 277 1705, email: or visit