Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition)

Artist brings feel­ing to her work

Painter and pot­ter launches ex­hibit

- LUKHANYO MTUTA Arts · Painting · Visual Arts · Cape Town · Oliver Kalkofe

THEY say life be­gins at 40.

Claire Low­den said it was at that age she re­alised it was time for her to start be­ing an artist.

“I had al­ways yearned to draw and paint, my chil­dren were be­com­ing more independen­t and it seemed to be an ap­pro­pri­ate gift to my­self for my 40th birth­day,” said Low­den.

She be­gan 20 years ago when she first at­tended a reg­u­lar arts class. Ten years later, she ex­plored her cre­ative work and ex­panded into mak­ing sculp­tures and ce­ramic art.

On Fri­day at 6pm, she will host an ex­hi­bi­tion ti­tled From Africa With Love at The Stu­dio Art Gallery in Si­mon’s Town. She said it cel­e­brates the bless­ing of liv­ing un­der the African sky and there will be large and small oil paint­ings to view. They in­clude land­scapes, street scenes, large de­tailed paint­ings and por­traits of women.

“The ce­ram­ics in­clude pots that are coiled and ei­ther glazed or fired in saw­dust or smoke-fired. Their de­tail­ing in­cludes carv­ing out of indige­nous flow­ers and trees. The sculp­tures are ce­ramic, some are busts and are fin­ished with hand-painted ef­fects,” said Low­den.

“I am drawn to vis­ual beauty and love to cap­ture that in my paint­ings and I pre­fer to paint boldly and brightly. I am drawn by clas­sic shapes in my pot­tery and love to carve out de­signs, bur­nish­ing them with a stone and then smoke-fir­ing the item,” she added.

Her first solo ex­hi­bi­tion was held at The Stu­dio Art Gallery in Kalk Bay in 2014 be­fore its re­lo­ca­tion. The first ex­hi­bi­tion was ti­tled The Cape Dutch

Con­nec­tion and it was a fu­sion of her “Dutch roots” and her “life in Cape


“I first par­tic­i­pated in some group ex­hi­bi­tions. This builds up one’s con­fi­dence. I had al­ways loved view­ing sculp­tures, started with hand-coil­ing ce­ramic pots and I evolved from there,” she said.

“Although a solo ex­hi­bi­tion is a great leap of faith, it is won­der­ful to spend five years pre­par­ing a body of work to­ward a spe­cific theme and then ex­hibit­ing it as a co­he­sive whole,” she added.

She said she is for­tu­nate that she has a happy dis­po­si­tion.

Fel­low artist Mandy de Jager met Low­den six years ago in their art class and de­scribes her as “ex­tremely car­ing”.

“She reads peo­ple very well, she’s spir­i­tual like that. She has that same love and pas­sion she has for peo­ple and she gives that same en­ergy to her art,” said De Jager.

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| SUP­PLIED SOME of the works by artist Claire Low­den that will be on dis­play at the ex­hi­bi­tion. From
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