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Kate Gottgens

Kate Gottgens, born in 1965  in Durban, South Africa. Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.

In 1987 Kate Gottgens got her B.A. Fine Arts degree, Michaelis School of Fine Arts, University of Cape Town (U.C.T), S.A.

"The works are loosely based on found photographs, mostly culled from secondhand shops and the internet. In the hands of a less accomplished painter, this broad range of references – animals, faces, figures, places – might have devolved into a meaningless mishmash, but Gottgens has given each subject its own, singular life and at the same time convincingly linked them in a painterly universe of her own invention. She has an exquisitely refined sensitivity to paint, a rare ability to remind us of the extraordinary expressivity of the medium, turning the tired, familiar surface of a small canvas into something as haunting, as varied and melancholic, as the human skin.
Most notable is Gottgens’ palette: she is a consummate colourist. Having shown in her works made during the 80’s and 90’s that she can easily handle naturalistic colour, in this exhibition she brings her considerable skill to bear on a muted range of bitumen-browns and ashgreys, modulating here and there into cool pinks, and blues, the colour of a still, grey sky on a flat sea." - from Andrew Putter's review “Asleep inside you”, published at www.artthrob.co.za

Solo Shows

2015
- “Infinite Loop”, SMAC Art Gallery, Cape Town, S.A.

2014
- Espacia Liquido, Gijon, Spain

2013
- “MALICE aforethought”, SMAC Art Gallery, Cape Town, S.A.

2010
- “Merry Hell and the Dreambody”, Joao Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town, S.A. 

2009 
- “Asleep inside You” Joao Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town, S.A.

2007
- “Little Deaths” U.C.T. Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town, S.A.

Group Shows

2014 
- FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, S.A
- PAPERWORK: An exhibition of Contemporary South African Works on Paper, SMAC  Art Gallery, Stellenbosch, S.A. 
- MIART Art Fair, Milan, Italy
- Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, S.A.

2013 
- FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, S.A.
- Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, S.A.

2012 
- FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, S.A.
- PAINT 1 : Contemporary South African Painting 2002 - 2012  SMAC Art Gallery, Cape Town, S.A.

2011 
- FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, S.A. 

2010 
- FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg S.A

1994 
- 8th New Dehli Triennale, New Dehli Academy of Fine Art, India

Publications

100 Painters of Tomorrow by Kurt Beers, Thames and Hudson

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