Artists' of KZN
I work as a painter and teacher. No matter what discipline I am engaged in, my concerns are with furthering my own and others understanding of the visual language of expression and image making in
the fine art field.
My work is motivated by the challenge of fusing my emotional intent with visual and technical concerns. At present oil painting is my primary tool, its phenomenally versatile nature offers never-ending possibilities of exploration.
In order to produce works of integrity I have to paint from an emotional point of reference.
I am very aware of utilizing imagery I have a profound connection to. My paintings function on an autobiographical level documenting both my internal and external vision. I paint places and people from my everyday life, using the familiar as a direct link to an emotive sense of self.
I exhibit regularly with both solo and group exhibitions and also enjoy the challenge of commission works, adapting my concerns to best suit the clients requirements.
My main concerns in my personal work are:
The pure complexity of the physical structure of the human form provides a sensual, intriguing and awe-inspiring subject. One that can be manipulated so its physical structure can describe innumerable emotions.
Landscape (both urban and rural)
This emotive and expansive subject has a powerful ability to function as a receptor to personal emotional conditions. Although a traditional subject, as with the figure, these subjects still have the ability to support a myriad of contemporary emotions.
Paint and technical devices such as tone, colour, light, mark etc
At times I abandon the "image" in order for the texture, mark, colour and tone to dictate the content of the work. To become fully involved with the process of paint as the subject, it is often necessary to disregard the clutter of the image.
For further information concerning my work please visit my website: www.gracekotze.com.za. Click here to email me or call me on