Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate Franschhoek

Hartland/Heartland

14 February - 10 March 2010

MARIEKE PRINSLOO works primarily in concrete and more recently in bronze. PRINSLOO sculpts strong female figures – such as her ‘Life size Females’ and ‘Primavera’ sculptures are on display in the Sculpture Garden at Grande Provence. PRINSLOO has won numerous awards and has exhibited extensively over the past decade and her works reveal an inner serenity and a celebration of womanhood.

MILA POSTHUMUS REYNEKE’s works on this exhibition deal with the spaces in and around us. Interior spaces are depicted in a moody, emotive way, displaying objects, scenes and people. This collection of work is directly influenced by the Dutch masters- their style as well as subject matter. The paintings offer snapshots of this time and place in a very personal sense. Objects become the markers of where I find myself, both externally and internally. By isolating objects, their intensity is heightened. The artist wants to draw the attention to a specific aspect, be it the person on the sofa or the quality of light at that time of day, in a specific environment.

JANE EPPEL’s work reveals quiet glimpses into the personal space of an artist who celebrates beauty and depth in unexpected places. Her work has been described as quiet meditations which operate on two intersecting planes “that allow the fusion of seeming opposites: privacy and accessibility, the personal and the public, the mysterious and the mundane, the spiritual and the worldly” (Prof. Neville Dubow, opening address of ‘Sanctum’).

Although EPPEL’s dreamlike narrative paintings are populated with a cast of family and friends and the scenes are set predominantly around her home in Cape Town, they represent a deeper, mythical concept of the archetypal, universal home. Her interest in the idea of rootedness gave rise to her acclaimed second solo show ‘Sanctum’ (Bell Robert Gallery, March 2008) and remains a driving theme in her work.

In February 2010 EPPEL will be participating in a 3-woman show at Grande Provence Gallery in Franschhoek, alongside sculptor MARIEKE PRINSLOO and painter MILA POSTHUMUS REYNEKE entitled ‘HEARTLAND/HARTLAND’. These new paintings depict recent journeys around Southern Africa - from the Richtersveld to the Kalahari and east into Mabuasehube; from the bushveld of Thabazimbi back to Scarborough in the Cape Peninsula. But the paintings (of trees, paragliders, cairns of rocks that other travellers have left behind) operate also on a symbolic and metaphoric level, and ‘heartland’ emerges as the terrain of the heart, and the journeys as inward journeys towards ourselves

Ilse Schermers-Griesel will curate the exhibition. It is opening on Sunday 14 February and will run till 10 March 2010. The exhibition can be viewed daily, Monday to Sunday, from 10h00 to 18h00. For further information and images, contact gallery@grandeprovence.co.za. For a preview, please call the gallery on +27 (0)21 876 8630 to make an appointment.

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