“Paintings have their own time and you can’t force an outcome. Whilst painting, I strive for unconscious creation.” Working in a gestural and abstract style, Cathy Layzell investigates humankind’s 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 its danger. Her vivid, atmospheric oil paintings use a number of recurring motifs, taken from nature. They contain a remarkable color sense, where large shaggy swathes of pigmentloaded brushstrokes are placed over thinner washes of layered color creating an illusion of depth and light. She compares her act as the artist to that of the gardener and tries to strike a balance between controlled cultivation and unfettered growth: “I try to hold a visual tension 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.
Upcoming Shows: 01 March – 01 April 2017, Reserve, a solo exhibition at Salon91; July 2017, Turbine Art Fair with Salon91. Selected Projects & Exhibitions: 2016 – Oracle, an end-of-year group exhibition, Salon91; Wilderness, a solo exhibition at Salon91; Turbine Art Fair with Salon91; Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91. 2015 – Polynesia, twoperson show with Paul Senyol at Salon91; Spectra, group exhibition at Johans Borman Fine Art; Kingdom, group exhibition at Equus Gallery, Cavalli Estate. 2014 – Connect the Dots, solo exhibition at Casa Labia; Artist residency, Luvey ’n Rose, Cape Town. 2013 – In Bloom, Casa Labia Gallery. 2009 – Duende, solo exhibition at Irma Stern Museum.