Weaving abstraction together with realism, Cathy Layzell uses complex colour and her own intuitive and painterly brush strokes to investigate humankind’s evolving relationship to nature. The impulse to preserve, 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 natural environments. At close range, these paintings – constructed from the textures of rock, foliage, air, and water – appear highly abstracted, a dancing network of innumerable brush strokes. Stepping back, these varied marks coalesce into the shimmering effects of light. The paintings explore the blurred boundaries between Nature and artifice and how visual-processing systems shape our feelings about what we see. 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: 2017 – Turbine Art Fair with Salon91; Reserve, a solo exhibition at Salon91; Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91. 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, two-person 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.