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

 

T H I S  I S  M E  

A SOLO EXHIBITION OF PAINTING AND POETRY BY ANTHONY KEOGH

I love working with colour and the tension of objects, people, and images in an everyday environment. My paintings are not structured and start as a seed of thought, becoming a journey of exploration and enjoyment.

I revel in the crudity of application and colour, breaking as many conceptual rules as possible. I am inspired by colour and people within architectural spaces and enjoy re-contextualizing images from classical art into my spaces. I do not plan the layout of a painting and do not have pre-constructed working drawings, but rather allow the painting to grow as I work. 

Painting into the unknown.

 

Dates: 26 Apr – 5 jun 2024 for public viewing

Upcoming Exhibitions

ANTHONY KEOGH – PAINTING & POETRY: 25 Apr – 5 Jun 2024 

JEFF RANKIN – PRINTMAKING: 13 Jun – 17 Jul 2024

DUNCAN STEWART: 25 Jul – 28 Aug 2024

TEXTILE ARTS PORT ELIZABETH (TAPE) & THE KEISKAMMA ART PROJECT: 5 Sep – 16 Oct 2024

JONATHAN VAN DER WALT: 24 Oct – 27 Nov 2024

CREATIVE BLOCK & EASTERN CAPE CERAMICS: 5 Dec – Jan 2025

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