GRACE DA COSTA

Born in 1955, Johannesburg

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 
2009     Grace Da Costa - Painter/Sculptor, Dawid Ras, Jhb
2008     Dislocated? Transposed? - Gordon Froud,  Jhb. 
2002     Point of Departure – Alliance Francaise, Jhb. 
2001     State of Grace – Lennox Gallery, London 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2008 - 2010    Iart - Cape Town
                     Knysna Fine Art
                     Dawid Ras – Jhb - Pretoria - Oudshoorn - CT
                     David Brown Fine Arts - Jhb
2007     Absa - Flesh - Oudshoorn
            Carol Lee Fine Art - Jhb.
            Dawid Ras – Jhb - Pretoria - Oudshoorn - CT
            Innerspace Art – Jhb
            Rooms with a View - Sandton 
            David Brown Fine Arts -Jhb
2006     Wolseley Gallery - London 
            Carol Lee Fine Art - Jhb.
            Dawid Ras – Jhb, Bloemfontein, CT, Potchefstroom 
            Innerspace Art – Jhb
2005     Carol Lee Fine Art- Jhb.
            Zuva Gallery-Melrose Arch-Jhb 
            Crake Gallery-Jhb.
            Wolseley Gallery-London 
            The White House Gallery-Jhb
            Dawid Ras – Jhb & Bloemfontein
            Innerspace Art – Jhb
2004     Zuva Gallery-Melrose Arch-Jhb 
            Crake Gallery-Jhb.
            Reflection-Carol Lee Fine Art-Jhb.
            Wolseley Gallery-London 
2003     Repositioning – RAU – Jhb.
            Sidibeng Sa Limpho - Soan Studio – London
            Unearthed – The Enniskerry Gallery – Ireland
            Inscape – Upstairs @ Bamboo – Johannesburg
            Carol Lee Fine Art – Johannesburg
            Wolseley Fine Art – London
            Crake Gallery – Johannesburg
2002     Wolseley Fine Art – London
            Chelsea Arts Fair – London
            Crake Gallery – Johannesburg
2001     Wolseley Fine Art – London
            Crake Gallery – Johannesburg
            Gallery 101.3 - Johannesburg
1996-2000     Crake Gallery – Johannesburg
                    The Johannesburg Arts Foundation – Jhb.
                    Chris Tugwell Gallery – Pretoria
                    Hyde Park Gallery – Johannesburg
                    The Everard Read Gallery – Johannesburg

COLLECTIONS
President Thabo Mbeki – Presidential Office -  Cape Town
The University of Bloemfontein – Rectors Office 
J.A.Malan en Genote – Johannesburg
Prof. G.S. Pegram – Durban (Prof. Civil Engineering, University of Natal)
Prof. Van Rensburg – (Pretoria)
Prof. Henk Kriek – RAU - Jhb
Prof. Frederik Fourie - Bloemfontein
Johan Roodt Inc. Jhb.
David Muirhead – Jhb (Architectural & Interior Design)

ABOUT THE ARTIST - WORK AND CONCEPTUAL PROCESSES
A large proportion of my current work stems mainly from my involvement with running a life-drawing class from my home studio. During the class I make sketches of the model. These form a starting point from which a work may develop. Once alone in my studio I manipulate and expand the initial image through a process of repeated application and subtraction. The plastic qualities of the medium, composition, contrast, surface tension and texture are all elements that are considered and explored.  

I do not start with a fixed concept in mind. The concept evolves during the process of experimentation and development. A painting is often reworked and changed over an extended period. I prefer to articulate my thoughts visually rather than verbally. The process is an attempt at organizing and understanding information, exploring confusion and trying to resolve personal concerns. The paintings are a record or reflection of what I am exposed to in daily life, in the media and in society — somewhat like a ‘collage’ of thoughts, experience and process. Man’s perception of reality, the transience of life, belief in an afterlife, notions of good and evil, religion, power and gender are universal human issues which inform my interpretation.

The act of painting, drawing or sculpting, provides immediate gratification, somewhat like a child playing with mud: squish it around and see what happens! The whole process stimulates the senses. Textures, colours, shapes, marks — so many things can be done. Proceeding to manipulate, distort or even destroy the image. Expressing one’s immediate emotions, concerns or opinions, without having to consider another being. Pure self-indulgence.