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Quality prints are available and the Gallery will source unusual and different materials to assist a client in creating a particular theme.
Established nearly 30 years ago, the Elizabeth Gordon Gallery, located in a gracious old Edwardian house on vibrant Florida Road, is one of KZN’s leading commercial art galleries. The gallery is well stocked with original works by eminent and emerging SA artists and hosts exhibitions of new works, on a regular basis. The Elizabeth Gordon Gallery offers consultations both in the home and office to give advice, and to cater to clients’ specific requirements. A well-established framing department, specializing in conservation framing, is on hand to give ideas and advice. All framing is done on the premises to ensure strict quality control. The Gallery offers an exclusive range of handmade and hand gilded frames. Quality prints are available and the Gallery will source unusual and different material to assist a client in creating a particular theme. Restoration of artworks by highly trained and experienced restorers is a specialty and this work is also done on the premises. Old or damaged frames can also be restored by qualified staff.
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Consultations: The Elizabeth Gordon Gallery offers consultations both in the home and office to give advice, and to cater to clients’ specific requirements. Framing: A well established framing department, specializing in conservation framing, is on hand to give ideas and advice. All framing is done on the premises to ensure strict quality control. The Gallery offers an exclusive range of handmade and handgilded frames. Restoration: Restoration of art works by highly trained and experienced restorers is a speciality and this work is also done on the premises. Old or damaged frames can also be restored by qualified staff. Prints: Quality prints are available and the Gallery will source unusual and different material to assist a client in creating a particular theme.
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The Elizabeth Gordon Gallery offers consultations both in the home and office to give advice, and to cater to clients’ specific requirements.
A well-established framing department, specializing in conservation framing, is on hand to give ideas and advice. All framing is done on the premises to ensure strict quality control. The Gallery offers an exclusive range of handmade and hand gilded frames.
Restoration of artworks by highly trained and experienced restorers is a specialty of the gallery. Old or damaged frames can also be restored by qualified staff.
Quality prints are available and the Gallery will source unusual and different material to assist a client in creating a particular theme.
Elizabeth Gordon Gallery is proud to display many well-known artists.
Akiko is an artist and graphic designer now living in Durban, South Africa.
Growing up in Japan, Akiko was trained in classical calligraphy. She studied oil painting on Osaka and figure painting in Cleveland Institute of Art, USA.
After completing graphic design studies in California she worked as a graphic designer at Tamotsu Tagi Design in San Fransico and Two fish Design GAllery A.D in San Jose. As a fine artist, she worked in silk screen printing in London.
Akiko’s arts are now based on the points of intersection between classic oil painting, modern graphic design, and Japanese calligraphy. Her work has been exhibited in the USA, UK, and South Africa.
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An Interview with the Owner of the Elizabeth Gordon Gallery
First established in an elegant Edwardian house, on Durban’s vibrant Florida Road almost 30 years ago, the Elizabeth Gordon gallery is one of South Africa’s leading commercial art galleries. Here, we talk to Elizabeth Gordon, the gallery’s owner, about its history, her favorite artists, the gallery’s relationship with the Oyster Box Hotel, and some of the ideas behind several of the works displayed.
What is the raison d’être of the Elizabeth Gordon Gallery?
“The Gallery prides itself on housing a selection of African art – not only South African art – as there is a wealth of African artists who converge on the South African soil.”
Is there an artist that you’re particularly proud to exhibit?
“One of our most notable artists (his works can be seen throughout The Oyster Box), is a Sudanese artist called Hussein Salim. Hussein left Sudan as a refugee and lived in various European countries, pursuing his art career whilst simultaneously yearning for Africa.
“Fortunately, he was offered a sponsorship to do his Masters at the University of Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, and has since settled in South Africa. He is now a full-time artist and lecturer in Arts at the University. Hussein’s paintings are a dialogue between different cultures and represent his strong feeling that art must be used as a tool to help initiate this dialogue. His richly textured canvases employ an extravagant layering technique to create a dense impasto feel.”
Do any of your artists showcase South Africa’s stunning wildlife?
“A wonderful wildlife artist is Barbara Siedle. Traveling extensively through Africa, she combines her love of the bush with a search for inspiration.
“Apart from her paintings, her ‘illustrations’ as we refer to them – which are basically the heads of the various species of animals and birds – have proved very popular with visitors. This is most likely due to the fact they make great mementos to take home if visitors have spotted an exotic animal on their travels.”
What ties do you have to the Oyster Box hotel?
“The gallery has been closely associated with the Oyster Box Hotel, even before it became part of the RCH group, so I was delighted to be able to supply paintings chosen by Toni Tollman for the hotel. We handle their framing needs and any repairs or restoration when required.
“There are also several artists of ours who feature prominently at the Oyster Box. One of these is a Zimbabwean artist, Hugh Mbayiwa, whose work is extremely popular with both South Africans and visitors. His work is colorful; it has a naïve quality about it, and he manages to capture the essence of rural African living.
Are there any exhibits that force the viewer to think?
“The oeuvre of Scott Bredin is dominated by urban, industrial and rural landscapes. In these, he often deals with places that would not be considered worthy of aesthetic attention due to the environmental impact of human beings on the landscape. I’ve seen many visitors dwell on these works.”
What surprises most people at the gallery?
“Perhaps that Karen Fortune’s pieces, which fall under a hyper-realistic genre (with ultra-fine detail) can evoke so much soul. She is passionate about our land and enjoys capturing Southern African landscapes, old houses, farm buildings at people at work.”
A serene retreat lapped by the Indian Ocean, The Oyster Box is the perfect place to appreciate artworks from the Elizabeth Gordon Gallery, and discover a range of unique antiques in the property.
Durban born Barbara Siedle first studied at the Michaelis School of Art, UTC for one year. She then attended the Munich Academy of Fine Art in West Germany for three years, where she studied painting and sculpture under Prof. Kirchner.
She later attended the Natal Technical College where she studied sculpture for one year under Mary Stainbank. Barbara continued to broaden her experience in acrylic portrait painting, pottery, stained glass and mosaics in Durban, Salzberg, London, and Munich.
Barbara has today established herself as a major watercolor artist, especially in the field of wildlife. Her first solo exhibition in 1982 was sold out within a week. Since then she has had many solo and group exhibitions with consistent success all over SA and the UK.
In 1995 Barbara was commissioned to do the 2-meter bronze statue of The Lady in White which is situated on T Jetty, Durban Harbour. She was also commissioned to do a bust of Vasco Da Gama, for the Portuguese Government, to commemorate da Gama’s arrival off the coast of Natal.
Barbara’s love of the bush and interest in environmental issues takes her on many journeys throughout Southern Africa to capture subject matter for her work.
Bruce Backhouse was born in Pietermaritzburg, KZN in 1950.
He studied fine art at Rhodes University under Brian Bradshaw. He then gained work experience as an Art Director and Creative Director at various ad agencies in South Africa for 25 years.
Bruce lives in Johannesburg and in 2004 he became a full-time artist. In 2006 he studied at the National Portrait Gallery, London.
He focuses primarily on landscapes, executed in watercolor. Although very versatile in figural satires he is concerned mainly with the contemporary landscape, falling within the genre of traditional landscape painting. He believes that the average South African landscape has been overexploited to a point where it is no longer visually challenging to either post-modern artist or viewer. In trying to review the genre, his aim is to make people question and think differently about the landscape in watercolor. It is a journey for both artist and viewer. The evolution of the viewer is key to the fundamental premise upon which the works are formed – Backhouse aims to supply more visual material for the viewer to assimilate, evaluate and enjoy. “This is a key element of what I am trying to communicate,” he says, “the single snapshot of one time is now a multiple view landscape, relating directly to our environment in the technological age and the viewers growing visual sophistication.”
Backhouse has held several solo and group exhibitions throughout SA. His works have been bought by major banks and corporations and by private collectors throughout the world.
“BUSH ART COLLECTION” Design and decorating magazines of late are filled with articles and spreads on the latest trend in natural artifacts, which are becoming more and more popular in contemporary decorating. Now available at Elizabeth Gordon Gallery are a wonderful selection of locally sourced horns, shells, and eggs, which I jovially refer to as our “Bush Art Collection” and which are proving to be incredibly popular. We have a variety of antelope horns which make an attractive addition to a group of paintings or a statement on their own. We also clean and prepare leopard tortoise shells, which have an incredible shape and which create a wonderfully unique focal point too. These can be displayed on a perspex stand or randomly perched on a shelf with books or other artifacts. Ostrich eggs, in short supply at the moment, are available with two different size perspex stands and come with a protective box which will make an unusual Xmas gift for both locals and overseas visitors.
David Tomlinson was born in Cape Town South Africa and educated at Rondebosch Boys High School. After obtaining a graphic art diploma he entered the graphic art industry in Cape Town. He then moved to Johannesburg to join the advertising world where he held various positions with major agencies and eventually formed his own company.
Initially, David’s interest in ceramic sculpture was a diversion from the pressures of advertising. It combined a love of wildlife, with the creative element of sculpture.
This hobby became an obsession, and with the resounding success of several one-man exhibitions at the Everard Read Gallery in Johannesburg, David decided to leave the advertising industry and live with his family in the beautiful surroundings of the Natal Midlands, settling on a farm near Nottingham Road. His sculpture had now become an all-embracing career.
The medium of ceramics was limited due to its fragility, and consequently frustrating. David then experimented with bronze, which became his medium of choice. Numerous solo and group exhibitions followed and his work and recognition went from strength to strength. The subject matter of his sculptures was varied, but wildlife became his main focus.
Today his sculptures are in private collections in the United Kingdom, America, and Europe. He has exhibited in several galleries in the United Kingdom and at Christies London.
Dawn Rouse Photography
Dawn Rouse is a Durban, South Africa based photographer who works in multiple fields.
With published photos in local and national publications, Dawn’s commercial work spans advertising events, portraiture and pet shoots.
Dawn can be found out and about around Durban, camera at ready, collecting images of well-known landmarks, people at work and play, or artifacts for still life studies.
Her real passion is for Durban beaches where she has built a reputation for her surfing shots.
The botanical photographs featured her are signed and printed on archival paper. They can be printed to any size, in color, black and white or sepia, on paper, or can be printed onto canvas.
Ezequeil was born in Gaza Province, Mozambique, in 1979.
After school in Maputo, Ezequiel attended the Nucleo de Arte.
He feels he learned most from observing the textile workers and designers and wood carvers of Mozambique. He was very influenced by the late Samuel Mbingilo, a woodcut artist from Nambia.
Today Ezequiel has made woodcut art his specialty. He is living and working in Durban, KZN and is considered one of our foremost woodcut artists. He also enjoys painting, sculpture, and bookbinding. The Elizabeth Gordon Gallery has used his work successfully in hotels, offices, and homes in KZN.
Ezequiel produces images that reflect his childhood memories – people at work, leisure, and prayer. He illustrates traditional folk tales and family stores told to him by his grandparents.
Ezequeil has exhibited throughout SA and in different parts of the United States. Having recently completed some wall murals for a chain in Johannesburg he received a large commission for work in Dubai.
Hugh Mbawiya was born in Zimbabwe in 1973. He completed his A Levels and then went on to gain his National Certificate in Drawing and Painting at the BAT Visual Studio in Harare.
As a final year student, he exhibited at the National Gallery, Zimbabwe. In 1995 he exhibited at the Gallery Delta and the Verandah Gallery and has participated in numerous group exhibitions.
Hugh taught art to O and A level students in Mhondoro near the small town of Chegutu and donated proceeds from the sale of his work to his art class for the necessary materials, and to further the development of rural art.
He has sold work to clients in New York, Canada, South Africa, Germany, UK, and Australia.
He is represented in Durban at the Elizabeth Gordon Gallery.
“My work is still growing up I believe, but surely every growth needs nutritious feeding so my style is full of colors which have to be the right ones. My style can be isolated since I work most of my time away from fellow artists. I admit that I have to accept new ideas for my art to grow with me. In Zimbabwe, every rural man has to have cattle as the big asset, so my paintings reflect such things which have also resulted in me securing my own herd.”
“ Teaching in rural areas outside Harare, Zimbabwe has given Hugh Mbayiwe the opportunity to capture the many aspects of daily rural living. His bold use of color and a spontaneous naive style gives a charm to each of his portrayals of rural life. His education and own sophistication enables him to see the delights of the simple aspects of life and it is his candor and humor that come together to make his paintings so unique”
Hussein Salim was born in Karima, Sudan in 1966 and graduated at the College of Fine and Applied Arts, Sudan University of Science and Technology, Khartoum in 1994. In 2007 he obtained an MA in Fine Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, PMB. He currently resides in PMB.
Hussein’s richly textured canvases employ an extravagant layering technique to create a dense impasto feel. He uses personal symbolism that is at once ancient as it is contemporary.
Hussein’s paintings are a dialogue between different cultures and represent his strong feelings that art must be used as a tool to help initiate this dialogue. Salim’s Sudanese background, and the fact that Sudan is a melting pot of diverse African cultures, further strengthens his paintings. Through these works, Salim awakens in us an appreciation of our differences and diverse reactions but then brings us back to the shared foundation of mankind.
His paintings, founded and steeped in a fondness for diversity, thus sympathize with any fight that challenges dimensional predominance, may it be economical, religious or cultural.
He is represented in major national collections within Africa, Europe, and the USA.