I love these works by Cape Town based artist Cathy Layzell. Cathy did a BA in Fine Art at Rhodes University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art at the University of Cape Town.
She worked as a designer and art director in book publishing in London in the mid-nineties before committing to painting full-time in 2002. From 2003 to 2007 Cathy was a returning Resident Artist at the Painting School of Montmirail in the South West of France (near Toulouse) where she developed her life-long interest in colour theory. In 2008, she stayed at Matisse’s former home and studio ‘Villa La Reve’ near Nice, where she studied the legacy of Matisse under the guidance of the British colourist Gary Wragg.
Cathy exhibited extensively in the UK before returning to Cape Town in 2008. She had her debut solo show at the Irma Stern Museum in October 2009, followed by solo shows at the Dorp Street Gallery in Stellenbosch in 2010 and the Casa Labia Cultural Centre in Muizenberg in 2013. This year Cathy has been a resident artist for 3 months at ‘Luvey ‘n Rose’ in the Bo-Kaap, Cape Town.
“Cathy’s recent canvases are a symphony of layered, coloured mark making, and plays of light. She gives you the dense muted colours of Monet, the energy of de Kooning, the scribbly scraffitto of Basquiat and her own fanciful play of dots, dashes, swirls and decorative notations.”
The exhibition is on until the 30th of November at Casa Labia Gallery, Muizenberg. Cathy will also be holding a walkabout of her exhibition on the 15th of November at 11:00 – entrance is free and all are welcome to attend.
Images via her website http://www.cathylayzell.com/