SALON NINETY ONE CONTEMPORARY ART COLLECTION
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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