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Thirza Kotzen

by Brian Thompson November 09, 2010

Thirza Kotzen

Thirza Kotzen: MOON YEARS

This exhibition of ʻretroflexionʼ, acts as a reflective insight into the work of an artist whose work is quietly compelling and insistent.

Blue Moon, Dubai, watercolours, 128 x 128

Thirza was born in South Africa where she spent her formative years. She left there to do Post Graduate studies abroad both at the University of Oregon, USA and at Central School of Art and Design in London where she now lives.

Thirzaʼs love of landscape began in South Africa and she has continued to explore this language, always bringing to it the dynamic space, form and colour that comes out of her birth place. Her work is not a snapshot of time and place, but an assimilation of thoughts and feelings about the experience of being somewhere in particular. This exhibition at the Millinery Works Gallery in North London gathers together images using a diverse range of mediums. It includes powerful, somewhat breathless oils of South Africa, very expansive yet subtle watercolours of the Grand Canyon and Alaska. There are oil paintings of the more urban landscape of India, full of exotic detail, still life garden landscapes of southern Europe depicting heat and light, contrasting with the cool, flat landscape paintings of Holland.

Boerderij I, Holland, Oil on board, 53 x 60cm

ʻMoon Yearʼ is a year of full moons, expressing in jewel-like watercolours, the idea of time passing, and its continuity. Thirzaʼs work is full of contradictions but this gives it its strength. Tension is created between the elements: hot and cold, light and dark,
spontaneity and control. There is an edginess which stops the work being frivolous or
sentimental. It is challenging. With intellect and skill Thirza leads the viewer through her world of provocative memories and dreams, a world of intensity and optimism that leaves one thoughtful and exhilarated.

The exhibition will be on at the Millinery Works Gallery in May 2010.
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Pilanesberg I, South Africa, Printed painting, 57 x 72 cm

 

 




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