Paintings by Heather Gourlay-Conyngham

Heather Gourlay-Conyngham. Joy, oil on canvas Heather Gourlay-Conyngham. King Goodwill Zwelithini, oil and gold leaf on board

Painted within the last 20 years, the works on this show are all almost life-size depictions of people whom Heather has known personally, be they family members, friends or acquaintances. One such painting is her well-known portrait of King Goodwill Zwelithini, part of the Tatham Art Gallery Collection.

Balancing an art teaching career with raising a family, Heather has worked consistently on painting and drawing. While some of her works have been commissions, Heather's main focus has been her personal art, which constitutes this exhibition.

As Heather explains:

"These paintings not only mirror my own passage through time, but also reflect my personal development as an artist. Although the specific people whom I have chosen to paint may be seen as individuals, the manner in which they are depicted is intended to communicate more universal concepts. Broadly speaking, the underlying theme of all my work is 'the human condition' and is informed by my understanding of Art History, a consequence of many years of teaching the subject. While the seed from which my ideas grow is intuitive and emotional, its execution is more academic, methodical and cerebral, a process that could be considered in keeping with classical tradition."

For sales and prices contact Heather at lyric@mweb.co.za

Catalogue: Heather Gourlay-Conyngham

Catalogues are available at R75,00 (plus postage) from the Tatham Shop. Phone Mary or Zama at (033) 392-2828 or email mary.kleinenberg@msunduzi.gov.za

Heather Gourlay-Conyngham. Absence, oil on canvas

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