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Big Africa

Heather Gulliver

Solo exhibition of oil paintings

South Parade, Summertown

Oxford OX2 7JN

Wed 8 Oct - Sun 26 Oct

The North Wall Gallery is open from Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm, and

from 12pm - 4pm on Saturdays. Sundays & Bank Holidays: normally

closed, except for theatre events.

Big Africa brings the wilds of Africa to Oxford by oil paint on canvas. A

continent of potent atmospheres, bright light and heat of the tropics and

sub tropics that nurture an exotic and unique flora and fauna. This is a

land that has moulded peoples with different methods and mindsets.

These paintings are predominantly of Zimbabwe, the land of my birth and

upbringing. It is staggeringly beautiful and not a place you just walk away

from and forget. Making these paintings has been an examination of the

individual's response to the environment of formative years; a very good, if

time consuming, 'Africa fix'.

Subjects include the magnificent trees, rocks and their shadows of the

highveld kopjes, the Mavuradona and Matusadona wilderness as well as

Nyanga in the eastern highlands. New paintings of quiver trees (Aloe

dichotma) from South Africa near Augrabies and Namibia near

Keetmanshoop are being shown for the first time. The trees are so called

because the Khoikhoi used them to make their arrows. There is a new

work of the striking geology of the Swartberg as well as baobab trees from

the Kruger National Park in South Africa.

I hope to convey some of the clear air invigoration and excitement

offered by these places. There is so much beauty, often from the

unexpected, that it is so rewarding taking time to really look at this world.

Tingwa Rockpool