An exhibition by Cathy Layzell

CATHY LAYZELL investigates humankind complex evolving relationship to nature, where an impulse to shape, tame and control the natural world lives alongside a desire to yield to its wildness and danger. Working in a gestural and abstract style, her vivid atmospheric oil paintings use a number of recurring motifs, taken from nature. They contain a remarkable color sense, where swathes of pigment-loaded brushstrokes are placed over thinner washes of layered color creating an illusion of color and light. She compares her act as an artist to that of a gardener and tries to strike a balance between spontaneity and calculation, wild abandon and thoughtful deliberation. From 2003 to 2007 Layzell was a returning Resident Artist at the Painting School of Montmirail in the South West of France (near Toulouse). She studied at Rhodes University and completed a post-graduate diploma in Fine Art from Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2013.

Selected Projects & Exhibitions: 2019 - Investec Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91. 2018 - Folklore, an end-of-year group exhibition in aid of True North, Salon91; Investec Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91; Nano 1.2. Barnard Gallery, Cape Town; Winter, at 99Loop Gallery, Cape Town; Rain Dance at Chandler House, Cape Town. 2017 - Trees Make Forests at Salon91; FNB Joburg Art Fair with Salon91; Turbine Art Fair with Salon91; Reserve, solo exhibition, Salon91; Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91. 2016 - Oracle, year-end group exhibition, Salon91; Wilderness, solo exhibition, Salon91; Turbine Art Fair with Salon91; Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91. 2015 - Polynesia, with Paul Senyol, Salon91; Spectra, group exhibition, Johans Borman Fine Art; Kingdom, group exhibition at Equus Gallery, Cavalli Estate. 2014 - Connect the Dots, solo exhibition, Casa Labia; Artist residency, Luvey ’n Rose, Cape Town. 2013 - In Bloom, Casa Labia Gallery. 2009 - Duende, solo exhibition at Irma Stern Museum.

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