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

 

D I A N E   V I C T O R

A SELECTION OF WORK FROM THE SPIER COLLECTION ON LOAN

Contemporary artist Diane Victor has been at the forefront of the South African and international art scene for many years. Victor offers a cynical social commentary on the darker side of South African society, the human condition, and social norms – often raw and free of subtlety. From corruption to the social difficulties and inequalities that affect the country, often those experienced by women specifically, she implicitly questions the vulnerability of life. Her graphic works, almost exclusively in black and white, use figurative realism to create richly allegorical images – woven through with references to the history of art and mythology. They reveal her extraordinary mastery of printmaking and drawing techniques, and demonstrate her constant exploration of new media, such as ash and candle soot.

 

Dates: 8 feb – 17 apr 2024 for public viewing

Upcoming Exhibitions

 DIANE VICTOR: 7 Feb – 17 Apr 2024

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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