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Three prominent woman artists celebrate Christmas at Association of Arts Pretoria

Posted on November 19, 2014.

Artwork by Elizabeth Riding

The Association of Arts Pretoria presents their last exhibition for 2014 featuring exceptional artworks by three prominent woman artists, namely, Elizabeth Riding, Angela Banks and Loeritha Saayman.

Elizabeth Riding is nationally known and acclaimed for her superb copying of master works and her hyper sensitive portraitures. She was raised by two professional artist parents and received fine art training at Pernby's Molarskola in Stockholm, Sweden. She has been nominated for various awards and has work in public and private collections. She is inspired by the old masters of the Renaissance, but her works contain something more than copying. In this exhibition she reveals the supreme mastery of the late Victorian painter Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema and juxtapositions his works with some of Van Gogh and CÚzanne to illustrate the advent of modernism.

Angela Banks, Portia

Angela Banks uses her fine painting skills to portray animal physiognomies to suggest human character and idiosyncrasy that results in appealingly satirical and funny works. In 1999 Banks graduated with a BA Fine Arts degree, with distinction in Painting, from the University of Pretoria. She then went on to obtain her MA( Fine Arts) in 2003 also from the University of Pretoria. She has since been on residencies in France as well as China which has afforded her the opportunity to experience European and Eastern art and has allowed her to exhibit internationally too. Her new series of drawings deal with land reform and redistribution and cast a critical look on its inconsistencies and management.

Artwork by Loeritha Saayman

The unknown outcome of experimentation has always been a challenge for Loeritha Saayman and most works are done in mixed media where she combines traditional oil painting and drawing with contemporary digital processes. She often works with mundane objects, either placed in ambiguous settings or juxtaposed with other non-relevant objects. Loeritha has taken part in several art competitions and group exhibitions over the last eight years and had her first solo exhibition in 2003. Today, she has art works in the permanent collection of the Pretoria Art Museum, Polokwane Art Museum and numerous private collections. Her skilful two and three dimensional mixed media works portrays the movement and interaction between different figures and creates a subtle play of shadows.

The exhibition runs until Wednesday 3 December 2014.

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