South African visual artist Claudia Gurwitz

Claudia Gurwitz

South Africa | 7 artworks for sale

  • A Landscape #3 - Painting by Claudia Gurwitz A Landscape #3
    Painting / 22 x 22 cm
    R2 750
  • A Landscape #4 - Painting by Claudia Gurwitz A Landscape #4
    Painting / 22 x 22 cm
    R2 750
  • A Landscape #7 - Painting by Claudia Gurwitz A Landscape #7
    Painting / 22 x 22 cm
    R2 750
  • A Landscape #5 - Painting by Claudia Gurwitz A Landscape #5
    Painting / 27 x 22 cm
    R3 250
  • A Landscape #6 - Painting by Claudia Gurwitz A Landscape #6
    Painting / 27 x 22 cm
    R3 250
  • A Landscape #1 - Painting by Claudia Gurwitz A Landscape #1
    Painting / 52 x 47 cm
    R5 950
  • Pathway - Painting by Claudia Gurwitz Pathway
    Painting / 52 x 47 cm
    R5 950
  • Ingress #2 - Painting by Claudia Gurwitz
    Ingress #2
    Painting / 50 x 50 cm
  • This Is Where I Pause #1 - Painting by Claudia Gurwitz
    This Is Where I Pause #1
    Painting / 50 x 50 cm
  • Solace #3 - Painting by Claudia Gurwitz
    Solace #3
    Painting / 40 x 53 cm
  • Welcome To Wherever You Are I - Painting by Claudia Gurwitz
    Welcome To Wherever You Are I
    Painting / 40 x 40 cm
  • Welcome To Wherever You Are II - Painting by Claudia Gurwitz
    Welcome To Wherever You Are II
    Painting / 40 x 40 cm
  • Solitude #9 - Painting by Claudia Gurwitz
    Solitude #9
    Painting / 33 x 33 cm
  • Assemblage #3 - Painting by Claudia Gurwitz
    Assemblage #3
    Painting / 43 x 43 cm
  • Wall Of Flame #6 - Painting by Claudia Gurwitz
    Wall Of Flame #6
    Painting / 43 x 43 cm
  • Wall Of Flame #3 - Painting by Claudia Gurwitz
    Wall Of Flame #3
    Painting / 33 x 33 cm
  • Flame Detail #1 - Painting by Claudia Gurwitz
    Flame Detail #1
    Painting / 23 x 23 cm
  • Traverse #25 - Painting by Claudia Gurwitz
    Traverse #25
    Painting / 33 x 33 cm
  • Traverse #26 - Painting by Claudia Gurwitz
    Traverse #26
    Painting / 33 x 33 cm
Attention to detail is vital to me. I have always observed the detail of structure and shapes in nature; the parts that make the whole. Through a micro-setting, I capture a magnified perspective of seemingly unremarkable plant matter, which I term ‘micro-landscapes’.
It is in this detail that my painting exposes the sacred geometry of each form and explores the relationships between these structures. Through my painting I have always experienced the intrinsic unity that pervades nature. This gives me a sense that we live in a beautiful and orderly world.

My most recent body of work was born during S.A.’s Lockdown and explores ‘interrupted’ plant imagery. What stemmed from the feeling of collective disharmony that disturbs our existence during this Covid pandemic, has led to a new direction in my painting. As organic beings in this world, we are an integral part of our natural world. While humanity feels off centre during this time, we are having to find new ways of navigating this altered reality, of engaging with each other and with our environment. While we feel a disconnect, our environment, in turn, feels out of sync. These paintings allude to a subtly distorted perspective of natural form, reflective of a disrupted environment.

My interrupted compositions are composed through a process of deconstructing, cropping and isolating my subject matter. I further reassemble and realign this imagery in fragments. This reconstructed plant matter disjoins these vital structures, redefining my plant imagery. In this way I create a revised hyper-real landscape which is slightly unhinged.
While these paintings express our disconnected reality, I also find a surprising beauty in their distortion. These slightly uncomfortable combinations give the viewer pause. Perhaps this alternate beauty reflects nature’s resilience and power to heal. There is hope and inspiration as we reshape our new normal.

Claudia Gurwitz was born in Cape Town. She is a yoga teacher & contemporary artist. Claudia attended Herzlia High School where she discovered her love of art under the tutelage of Jill Joubert. Following school, Claudia explored various mediums, studying ceramics at Barbara Jackson’s studio, mosaic with Lisa Finberg and printmaking at Ruth Prowse.
After completing 2 years towards a BAFA at Michaelis, UCT in 1996, Claudia left the University to do her Yoga teacher’s training and completed national certifications in various holistic disciplines. After her 9 year journey into the healing arts, Claudia returned to painting and a three-year mentorship under Julia Teale at Spencer Street Studio. Claudia has embraced working as a professional artist since 2007.

Selected Exhibitions:

Solo exhibition 'Adaptation' at Lizamore & Associates, Johannesburg.

Solo exhibition, ‘Interrupted’, at the Association for Visual Arts (The AVA Gallery), Cape Town

She, RK Contemporary
Subsurface Scatterings 2, curated by Clare Menck

Solo Studios, Riebeek Kasteel
Stillness & Light, RK Contemporary, Riebeek Kasteel

Vivid & Vibrant, Gallery One11, Cape Town
Solo Studios, Riebeek Kasteel
Irma Stern Wild Harvest Exhibition

Solo Studios, Riebeek Kasteel
Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg

Summertide Group Exhibition, RK Contemporary, Riebeek Kasteel
Solo Studios, Riebeek Kasteel

Solo Exhibition:BURST, Claudia’s Wall, Riebeek Kasteel

Solo Exhibition: ROOTED, UCT Irma Sern Museum, Cape Town

Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
I love the colour, loose brushstrokes and  boldness of the work of Mary Visser, Cathy Layzell and Jenny Parsons.

Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?

I love the work of Johan Pierneef. He had a wonderfully fresh approach to and perception of natural form. His sensitivity and consideration of structure inspires me.

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
Gustav Klimt’s ‘Maiden’.

How did you get started? Did you always want to be an artist?
As a small child, I always had a strong resonance with art and creativity in all of it’s forms. My path was always clear.

What are some of the key themes you explore in your work?

My painting explores natural form.  Although it stems from the strength and potency of plant forms, it challenges the notion of what is Botanical Art. My focus is on form.

The Yoga discipline has been a significant part of my life for over 20 years. Bodies (the basis of yoga) are organic, and so are plants and nature. Both deal with structure and balance. Each artwork taps into the coexistence and interdependence of nature’s male and female forces. Each yoga posture relies on the inter-relationship of nature’s contrasting forces. In the same way, each plant is rooted within a perfectly balanced structure. My painting celebrates these male and female counterparts that both oppose and harmonize with one another.

What should people know about your art that they can’t tell from looking at it?

I paint ‘nothing’. In my most recent work, I present a magnified perspective of very random chunks of plant matter. I reframe the vital structures in their own right: ‘micro-landscapes’. By zoning in, I expose the unnoticed spaces surrounding the flowers: the non-subject.

Tell us more about your creative process.

I am always engaging with the natural environment, documenting the unexpected objects that hold my curiosity with my camera. I experience an almost overwhelming need to capture.

Through my more recent exploration of collage, my image making becomes further abstracting. These slightly uncomfortable combinations of reconstructed landscapes jump the register. Cropping, isolating and reassembling redefine the subject.
Do you believe an artist should use their platform to influence society? Why?
Artists play a significant role in society in that, through their creative process, they share their views and experiences. These views are often honest and refreshing takes on society and the world around us. I believe that the artist’s platform is therefore an important one, providing a balanced outlook that is accessible to all.

What drives you as an artist?

Attention to detail is vital to me.  I observe the world in an almost abstract way. In my work, I can zone in on the small, unremarkable things in nature and express them on canvas.
On careful observation through a micro setting, I expose the essence of the object; I reveal its core. The form is broken down into texture, contrasts and movement.

Do you have a favourite or most meaningful work?
This is ever-changing.

What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
My large solo show at the Irma Stern Museum.

What are your aspirations for the future?

To stay hooked. To never curb my enthusiasm to push forward and challenge my creativity.