Nelson Mandela Bay
South Africa

GFI Art Gallery

About Us

The Ron Belling Art Gallery was established in 2000 in Port Elizabeth. The focus has gradually shifted over the years with the changing times and the growing interest in the visual arts arena. The Gallery name has since been changed to the Gutsche Family Investment Art Gallery (GFI Art Gallery) and the building has over the years been sensitively adjusted to accommodate its ever changing role.

The Gallery is a landmark building on Park Drive in Port Elizabeth and is one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the city. In 1936, Axel Stockelbach, then managing director of Ford South Africa, commissioned the first woman Architect to qualify in South Africa, Gertruida Brinkman, to design his house, “Ridgewood”.

The house was purchased in 1988 by Port Elizabeth businessman, Philipp Rowland Gutsche Senior. On his death in 2000, leaving behind a legacy of charity and goodwill, it was his wish that the residence be converted into an art gallery.

The purpose at the time was to house the Ron Belling Military Aviation Collection of Oil Paintings which had been acquired by the Gutsche family.

To this day Mr Gutsche’s daughter, Dorothea Moors, chairs the Gallery Board and together with the Board Members and Gallery Staff, Mr Gutsche’s legacy is upheld through the passionate promotion of visual arts in the Eastern Cape and beyond.

Current Exhibition

 

TIME

by ASANDA KUPA

In these artistic depictions of communities the artist intends to engage in crowd mentalities of openness, will, and drive to move as the energy in the subjects of the artworks, utilizing time as our main resource and source.

Humans tend to flock together in large numbers when there is a common urge or desire. Like a ceremony, behind these images there is an urge to state that in the opportunity of these mass collectives, crowd mentality can be based on preservation and expansion of humanity in unity.

Inspiration for this process is drawn from memory of lived experiences and imagined occurrences. These artworks resemble a similar thought process that which we have gone through, a scenery of diverse conversations, sequences and pattens.

Dates: 10 June – 19 July 2022 for public viewing

Upcoming Exhibitions

MARGOT MUIR PHOTOGRAPHIC SOLO: 28 July – 6 Sep 2022

SARAH WALMSLEY SOLO: 15 Sep – 18 Oct 2022

LIESL DUTHIE SOLO: 27 Oct – 29 Nov 2022

CREATIVE BLOCK 2022: 8 Dec – Jan 2023

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