I Shall Be Released
I Shall Be Released
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W: 1200mm x H: 900mm x D: 50mm
W: 47" x H: 35" x D: 2"
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About "I Shall Be Released"
This painting is part of a 28 piece series of my 1st solo exhibition "It;s Been a Long Time Coming"
Like time, the creative process heals. Colours, textures, sounds and words give us the opportunity to express what we feel.
To tell stories, our own or other’s, and in the telling of stories we find that we are not alone. Our stories have been told many times over through all the ages. Yet we tell, we listen, and we find ourselves in them.
No story has been told more than that which makes us human – love. It carries the greatest reward, yet nothing in this life may ask more from us.
My work starts with the certainty of change, indeed that “A change is gonna come.” In a constant interaction with music, the first work contains many pallets that I collected over years, each with its own shapes, colours and emotions.
I found that I quickly veered to the abstract. Love itself is abstract, beyond human words or pictures.
I took the first step without knowing where it will lead. I discovered what I never imagined. Healing does not leave you repaired. It was a journey that always led to freedom.
To truly love is to be truly free.
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View all 42 works by Ilze Coetzee
Ilze Coetzee is a South African, who was born in Gauteng in 1982 and now resides in Western Cape (Durbanville).
This promising young artist has been painting for more than a decade and has chosen to make her passion her career.
She specializes in Oil, Acrylics and Pastels with the main theme of her work being African people, which she has been doing under the pseudonym, Ilaai, since 2005. She has also started working in various abstract fields, landscapes & cityscapes that have been received very well from different groups in South Africa.
Since the age of 16 her work has won various prizes and she completed a Bachelor in Fine Arts at the University of Stellenbosch in 2004. Her art is popular in local as well as European markets and has obtained International stature in many instances. Her work has been purchased by buyers from Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, The United States, Italy, France and New Zealand. She's also been commissioned to produce works of art for Monty Shadow, Paulo Coelho, Reutech Radar Systems (Pty) Ltd. Miele SA and Payfast SA (Pty) Ltd.
1998 - Montagu Jeugkunstefees/ Youth Arts Festival
1999 - Montagu Jeugkunstefees/ Youth Arts Festival
2 Silver Awards
1 Gold Award
2000 - Montagu Jeugkunstefees/ Youth Arts Festival
4 Gold Awards
2006 - Posi+ive Group Exhibition (Unites artists against Aids)
2007 - Pop Art Group Exhibition
(November - RED The Gallery, Green Point)
2008 - CTAS Baxter Theatre Group Exhibition
(1-14 September, Cape Town)
2008 - Cultivaria FNB Private Clients & De Kat Exhibition
(26-28 September, Paarl)
2009 - Ilze Coetzee Solo Exhibition
“It’s Been a Long Time Coming”
(26 May - 1 June, Cape Town)
2009 - Ani-mal Group Exhibition in aid of P.E.T.S
(2 June, Cape Town)
2009 - Facets 2de Solo Exhibition
Eclectic Gallery & Winchestor Mansions Hotel
(16 Sept - 12 Oct, Cape Town)
2009 - Chaeli Campaign Charity Art Auction & Exhibition
‘Hope in Motion: Everyday Heroes’
(2 Nov - 1 Des, Cape Town)
2010 - Women in Motion 3de Solo Exhibition
MIELE Inc Showroom
(1 Oct - 20 Nov, Bryanston Jhb)
2010 - Art Auction for Riaan’s Stemcell Fund
(3 Nov, Hartebeespoortdam)
2010 - Pussyfooting Group exhibition
(4 Nov - 4 Dec, Sea Point Cpt)
2010 - Jonahre Art Exhibition
(7 Nov - 7 Dec, Cavendish Cpt)
2011 - Women in Motion
A & I Gallery
(1 Feb - 14 Feb, Kloofstr Cape Town)
BA Fine Arts University of Stellenbosch
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