Severino Braccialarge and David Lloyd at the NSA
Two new exhibitions open at the NSA on February 5. The main gallery contains recent sculptures by Severino Braccialarge. Born and educated in Italy, Braccialarge has for many years been living between South Africa and Pietrasanta, Italy, where he trained in marble carving and bronze castings. Braccialarge took up full-time sculpture in 1982 after a successful career in architecture and interior design. His work marries European influences with an African context, Following the demands of his medium his chisel follows the grain and colours of the imported Italian marble to create organic forms reminiscent of pre-historic images: beaks, horns, claws and wings.
In this exhibition Severino will also display new works as part of his 'Functional Art Project'. Making unusual furniture pieces, derived from his earlier organic sculptures developed a couple of years ago, the pieces are created in wood, aluminium, marble and glass. Each piece serves as a functional element, such as a chair or table, in the daily environment.
In the Mezzanine and Park Galleries David Lloyd will be exhibiting paintings titled 'Dear Diary'. Quoting Nash, Hopper and Bacon as references and points of inspiration, Lloyd's work is overtly whimsical and naïve. Lloyd lets the commonplace be seen in isolation - allowing it to become significant and important. The paintings are visual notations of lived experiences, ranging from the odd and scary to the funny and sublime. Utilising oil on board, his subject matter is the sights and sites of Durban, showing a preoccupation with the urban jungle seen from a speeding car or imagined during a daydream.
Lloyd has been living and working in Durban since 1975. A self-taught artist with no formal art training, Lloyd exhibited for the first time in 1979 during an NSA New Signatures exhibition. He received third prize and since then has had no other exposure. This is his first solo exhibition.
Opening: February 5 at 6pm
Closing: February 25
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