KZNSA LAB Talk: Portraiture with Sanlam Portrait Award artists
05 April 2018, 16h00
Are you an artist or creative individual? Want to be inspired by those making a name for themselves in the industry? Join us for a KZNSA Lab Talk this Thursday 5 April at 16h00.
This LAB Talk promises to be an intriguing masterclass in portraiture with Sanlam Portrait Award artists Dane Stops, Lesley Ireland Mathew ART, Heather Gourlay-Conyngham and the current award winner Kate Arthur. All offering insight into their creative process and technique. All are welcome and entry is free, complimentary drink.
Artwork by Lesley Ireland Mathew
About the artists:
Dane Stops is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Durban. He has a Masters of Applied Arts from the Graphic Design Department at the Durban University of Technology, where he also works as a lecturer. Stops had a solo exhibition toward the end of 2016, he has also taken part in a number of group exhibitions and done live art at various events. He has been an active contributor to the Durban Mural and Graffiti scene for over a decade. The work he makes has various influences, from painting graffiti to figurative subject matter such as people and birds. For up to date work follow him, @danestops, on Instagram and Facebook.
Lesley Ireland Mathew was born and educated in Kwazulu Natal, and in 1985 graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree and an HDE from the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg. Mathew taught matric art at a private school for 16 years, and started painting full-time from 2014.
Mathew currently works from her studio in Mtunizi on the North Coast of Zululand. She travels to Studio 3 in Durban once a week, to be mentored by Dee Donaldson.
Heather Gourlay-Conyngham was born in Durban in 1956 and spent her early years in Westville, outside the city. Having acquired a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts degree from the University of Natal and a Higher Education Diploma from the University of South Africa, she combined her career as an art teacher at various schools in KwaZulu-Natal with that of an artist, but in 2012 began painting full-time at her home in Hilton, outside Pietermaritzburg. Since then she has had three solo exhibitions, and in 2013 won the first Sanlam Portrait Award.
Her paintings have always depicted people. She has recently been concentrating on stripping the figure and its context to their bare essentials. This simplification extends to her use of subdued colours, with white predominating, which suggests a reduced palette. She uses these devices not only to conjure the illusion of apparently white objects and people, but also to probe the allegorical roles they assume. It is her desire to instil in her paintings an innate energy in an understated manner.