Oil painting exhibition

Gouna Forest from the Purple Cloak exhibition.

The Purple Cloak, an exhibition by Lindsay Page, will be held at the UCT Irma Stern Museum, Cecil Road, Rosebank, from Saturday August 6 until Saturday August 27.

Page’s work consists of oil paintings, large scale charcoal and pastel drawings.

Page, a painter of four decades, grew up on a farm in the Drakensberg where she developed a deep love of this mountainous region, and walked alongside her father as he tended his cattle. She subsequently moved to the Eastern Cape where she responded to the more arid landscape, initially teaching herself drawing and water colour. Later, as a Master’s graduate of Rhodes University, Page left her mark with the Grahamstown Group. Since then she has exhibited extensively in South Africa and in the UK.

In this latest exhibition, the landscapes become more mysterious and otherworldly.

Page’s most recent body of work, mostly large scale landscapes, grew out of an appreciation and close study of a particular intimately known landscape: the mountains, fynbos, and water ways of the Garden Route which she calls home.

The exhibition, The Purple Cloak will be curated by the artist’s daughter, Diana Page, who is currently living and working as an artist in Istanbul, Turkey.

A small celebratory exhibition of the silk embroideries of Constance Little (1908-2002), the artist’s mother, will run concurrently in the Irma Stern Sitting Room. Born in New Zealand and raised in Yorkshire before settling in South Africa, Constance Little, like the artist Irma Stern, draws inspiration from her garden, particularly its bird life.

Constance Little’s embroideries are distinguished by her keen observation and subtle use of colour.

* The UCT Irma Stern Museum, situated in Cecil Road, Rosebank, is open Tuesday to Friday, from 10am to 5pm, and on Saturday, from 10am to 2pm. Visit www.irmasternmuseum.org.za or call curator Diana Page on 044 343 1146 or 079 908 4891 for more information.