Fin Feather Fur
17th March - 18th April 2016
Fin Feather Fur show aims to celebrate animals that are traditionally hunted, and to challenge the age-old practice of championing the hunter in art.
The result is a fantastic group exhibition featuring local and international artists.
Dorothy Clark’s Greenhouse
14th May – 15th June 2015
Dorothy Clark was born in 1951 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She was raised in Zambia and schooled in Zimbabwe. Her schooling continued at Rhodes University in Grahamstown where she obtained a Masters Degree in Fine Arts, graduating in 1974 as a contemporary of Christopher Till , under the professorship of Brian Bradshaw.
Her landscapes and paintings of riverine vegetation of the Sabi-Sands and other nature conservancies in Southern Africa feature in private collections in London, Harvard , Aix-en-Provence and locally. Her painting from the 1980’s of the Buffalo river gorge , the infamous escape route from the Isandlwana battlefield , is the visual centrepiece of the David Rattray Harford library at Fugitives Drift.
Greenhouse has taken three years to complete. The oil on canvas works in this exhibition feature trees, plants, bushes, succulents, and landscape elements rendered in a way that speaks to the highly realistic, but enhanced with a painterly, expressive looseness of brush that allows her artistic personality to come through. The images represent, in some cases, what we would consider to be disasters in nature, but, as Clark states, it is important to remember that in nature it is just an event. Nature compromises, recovers and moves on in a way that is far beyond humankind’s ability to do so. In fact, nature usually takes advantage of these events.
The subject matter of Dorothy Clark’s Greenhouse can be defined here as heroism in nature. Heroism in this context implies survival, or just plain perfection. “The design of the aloe is so perfect it has lasted 4 million years as far as we know” says Clark. The admiration and respect that she has for these plants is echoed not only in the enormous scale she has chosen to represent them, but also in the fact that she remembers each individual plant painted here. Clark can recall the address of each plant, and it is represented as a unique individual, not a generic. The beautiful images in this exhibition reflect Clark’s passion for nature, her abilities with a paintbrush and an unusual approach to the personalities of plants.